Living abroad in properties in France will be an excellent experience for their mental, social and cultural development, yet it is still important for your kids to have a good quality education.There are few different options that you have to choose from when living at your real estate in France. One choice that is actually quite common among expat families living abroad is home schooling their children at their property in France. Home schooling is when the parent designs and delivers a curriculum to a child. There are advantages and disadvantages to this approach.
Advantages of Home Schooling. You can design the curriculum to suit your child, stimulating them in interesting ways and nourishing their strengths. You have a much better idea of your child’s progress than if they were being taught by someone else. You can home school your child if you move back and forth between properties in France and the UK, without having to disrupt their learning. Home schooling teaches children to work independently and manage their time. Home schooling your child allows you to spend more time together as a family at your property in France.
Disadvantages of Home Schooling. Your children will miss out on the social interaction of meeting other kids in a school environment. You can compensate for this by involving them in community activities or sports, but this can be difficult if they don’t speak the language. Your kids will also miss out on the benefit of learning from many different teachers and from their peers. Home schooling takes a lot of time and planning on your part because you will be a full time teacher as well as a parent. Another possibility is to send your children to a local school in France. There are French schools, or international schools in France where classes are taught in English.
Advantages of a School in France. Going to a local school will let your kids have the chance to make friends in France and feel like a part of the community.They will find learning the language easier when they are exposed to it in a school environment every day.A school can offer many experiences that you don’t have at home, such as laboratory facilities, books, guest speakers, field trips and more.
Disadvantages of a School in France. Your child might find it a struggle to fit in, especially when they don’t speak French as their first language. Curriculum is different in other countries, which may result in your child’s peers being further or less advanced in a subject than they are, resulting in either confusion or boredom.
Choosing the right schooling option for kids living at properties in France will depend on the needs and personality of your child, and your lifestyle. If you live abroad in your property in France with young children, it is important to have a strategy for their education.
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