Learning environments can make a great deal of difference in the quantity and quality of things a student learners. A student’s comfort level in that environment makes a great deal of difference as well. Many successful traditional school students mastered their classroom environment early on. They almost subconsciously found the keys to be successful students and then simply continued to expand on those skills. They listened attentively, took good notes, memorized information, asked the teacher questions, and worked hard to complete the assignments that would earn them good grades.
Not everyone finds success in a traditional classroom. Many students never learn the skills necessary to be successful and often fall through the cracks. Many simply fade away, some drop out, and some limp along as best they can. Many families make the choice to avoid traditional classrooms and opt to homeschool their child. Homeschooling affords families the ability to create the learning environment that they feel is best for their child.
Homeschool learning environments can be tailor to the individual learning style of each student. In general, homeschool learning environments are dynamic and active. Many homeschoolers thrive in a hands-on environment with much tactile and kinesthetic learning taking place. A close relationship develops between the student and the parent / teacher in such a setting, due to the intimate nature of the classroom. Students are able to discuss issues and questions much more closely in a homeschool learning environment. This often leads to greater understanding of material. In a homeschool environment, students are not left behind if they do not get something the first time. They have the ability to stick with an issue until it’s mastered. That ability to master a topic or a concept and then move on helps to foster a greater sense of confidence in a homeschool student, therefore creating a stronger student in general.
Homeschool learning environments have the ability to create genuine learning situations that often just are not available in a traditional classroom. Often in a homeschool setting, learning one concept can lead to a natural question about another concept or a related idea. That idea can be explored thoroughly in a dynamic homeschool environment, where in a traditional classroom it might need to be pushed aside in order to meet the next learning objective on time.
Homeschool learning environments can be enhanced in many ways, through collaborative efforts of homeschool groups. Often students will join groups and form small classes in order to gain the benefits of collaboration and to capitalize on the knowledge of an expert. This learning environment can be further embellished by the addition of a distance learning environment. Distance learning environments can open up new worlds to the homeschool student, where he can find challenging and dynamic learning opportunities that suit his learning style and capitalize on the expertise of teachers everywhere.
The learning environment for the homeschool student is now nearly unlimited. With homeschool collaboration groups and distance learning schools added to enhance the learning experience, the homeschool learning environment is undeniably rich.