The internet has changed the way we educate our children, whether from the parent's or teacher's perspective. We now have access to so much information, 24/7, and it is a wonder to behold.
Because it is, after all, the internet we are talking about here, not all the information you come across is 100% true. You still have to know how to sift through those unending streams of informative websites, and learn how to separate the good from the bad, and – in some cases – the ugly.
More parents are discovering that they have other options besides sending their kids to school, be they public or private. Many parents are finding the joy that is homeschooling. The best thing about being homeschooled in this day and age is the fact that – thanks to the internet – you can easily teach your children the very same classes and subjects which you utterly hated. You can do things which you never thought possible. This is also partly why homeschooling has become popular with many parents in the U.S.
Think about it: we were homeschooled for many, many generations before public and private schools came along. Parents and children teach one another new things every day. So why should this not apply when considering the child's education? No matter what method of homeschooling you choose, the world wide web is full of tools that you can use.
Lots of time, a parent begins going down the homeschooling road, but quickly gives up or burns out. This usually happens simply because the parent has not done his or her homework. It is ironic, I know. Instead of giving up, try to dig a little deeper, and find a method that is right for you.
There are many networks, forums, and official websites which are there to aid the homeschooling parent. It can make all the difference in the world.
Contrary to what we would like to think, we are not supermen. Heck – even Superman needed help! So don't be afraid to take full advantage of the tools at your disposal. Different kinds of curricula, ideas and suggestions, ways to keep things creative and alive – these can all be found online.
It is never easy. As the African proverb says: it takes a village to raise a child. And now, thanks to the internet, your access to the villagers around you just got that much simpler.