If college is the gateway to a career, then preschool is the official starting point to education. The learning outcomes of preschool are the foundation years for math, science, art, and languages. While there are some debates on when a child should start preschool, many debates weigh heavily on the curriculum and environment of preschool. Which brings to one question: is pre-kindergarden home tutoring just as effective as traditional methods? Below are the pros and cons of preschool home tutoring.
Sometimes, parents do not agree with a particular curriculum or teaching method. Pre-K or preschool home tutoring allows parents to have more control of how and what their child learns. Maybe a parent wants to focus more on honing their child's math skills, or their child seems drawn to the arts and they want to put more emphasis on creativity.
Keeping a set schedule is not a strict requirement when it comes to home tutoring. A parent can schedule sessions mid-morning, afternoon or early evening. The freedom of scheduling allows a parent to see what time works best for their child. This can also be an advantage if emergencies or conflicts arise.
Tutoring at home allows a child to be in a more controlled environment. There will likely be no surprises (unless planned) that would hinder a child's learning. In fact, a child may learn more effectively in an environment they are familiar and comfortable in.
Home tutoring allows parents start their child's education at an age they feel is comfortable. This can help eliminate the need to compete with peers and to focus solely on a child's own development. Early or late bloomer, a parent can tailor a child's curriculum to their pace.
Home tutoring for preschoolers have many positives; however, there are negatives to this option. Home tutoring sessions will most likely be one-on-one. If this is the case, a pre-k learner is not socializing with children their own age. Many studies have shown that socialization is a major part of positive development. It is through socializing children learn appropriate attitudes, values, and behaviors. For this reason, it is sometimes best when home tutoring is used in addition to some weekly preschool time.
Home tutoring not only takes time, it requires more focus. Patience and routine are the key in having effective tutoring sessions. Rushing through lessons will not make a child learn more; in fact, it will give the opposite effect. Also, allowing a child to skip lessons without a reasonable excuse will not reinforce a child's learning but hinder it. Take for example when a child is on summer break. For roughly three months, a child is not in school. If they are not enrolled in a summer school, they are most likely playing or something that is not as productive. By the time they return to school, they have forgotten a major of what they learned before the break.
Unless the parent is conducting the tutoring sessions, an outside source may be brought in to help. Private tutoring sessions can prove to be costly if tutoring is needed frequently through the week. For example, a tutor charges $20 an hour for their sessions and the parent feels their child needs ten hours of tutoring per week. The out-of-pocket expense for tutoring sessions would cost the parent $800 per month.
Weighing the pros and cons of pre-kindergarden home tutoring can help make the decision for or against it much easier. Whatever the decision, it is important for parents to reinforce their child's learning at home.