As we gear up for the new school year, I find myself thinking about how blessed my family is that we are able to homeschool. If you have ever considered homeschooling, or are rethinking your choices, it is always good to keep in mind why you want or need to homeschool and the benefits.
For those new to homeschooling, it can sound like a wonderful adventure or it can sound like a mountain that seems impossible to climb. Whether you are excited to homeschool or thinking it is something that is not possible for your family, you may want to consider some of the popular reasons that other families choose to homeschool and maybe these will ring true for you.
#1 – Control What Your Children Learn – One of the main reasons that many people choose to homeschool is so they can decide what their children learn and how they learn it. Whether it is learning science from a creation perspective or making certain that engineering and math have a heavy focus, making the decision on what your children learn and when is a very popular reason why many people homeschool. Religious emphasis is a very common reason that families choose to homeschool. Ensuring that character, values, and religious principals are emphasized every day is a great benefit of homeschooling.
#2 – Have More Time for Your Family on Your Schedule – Maybe your family is a military family that moves every 3 to 5 years or has a mom or dad that is on frequent deployments, making their time home limited and very valuable. Maybe your family has a mom or dad that works nighttime or weekends and is home during the day or during the weekdays. Homeschooling is great solution for these schedules. Homeschooling allows these families to have family time when the family is there. You can tailor your school days and hours to match your schedule. If dad is only home on Wednesday and Thursday then those are your off days for family time and you can school over the weekend. Or maybe dad wants to do some schooling, plan a dad school day on one of his days home and take the other for family time.
#3 – Set the Pace of Learning to Your Individual Child – If your child has some special needs or learning disabilities, homeschooling can be a wonderful option to give your child the best possible environment to succeed. Homeschooling allows the subjects and method of teaching to be tailored to your particular child. If you have a child that is slow to read, make your school accommodate them so they are not left behind as they would be in a traditional brick and mortar school. Have a child with ADD? Tailor your school to short lessons to accommodate his or her attention spans. Homeschooling can make learning fun and not a dread to many children with special needs.
#4 – Be Able to Expose Your Children to Subjects and Skills that You Feel is Valuable –Similar to #1, being able to tailor the education to your child’s interest or those you feel are important to their success is a blessing of homeschool. Have an aspiring musician, homeschooling allows extra time to work on the child’s talents? Have a chemist in the making, homeschooling allows for extra time for science experimentation? Have a budding engineer? Tailor your homeschool to more hands-on, mechanical lessons with extra time for building.
#5 – Delight in Watching Your Children Learn –A benefit that many homeschooling families find is that they are able to delight in watching their children learn. When your child is away at a traditional school, you are not always around for that “ah-ha” moment when multiplication clicks. You miss those looks of amazement when they discover something incredible about their God’s world. Teaching your children at home allows your family to learn together (and you will be shocked how much mom and dad and even your little toddlers learn when learning together).
Homeschooling can be a blessing. Remember your child’s first steps? Remember how exciting it was to be there for that first word? Homeschooling has many of these moments and you will find that, though every day is not a “first step,” each day you and your children can grow together by learning and discovering. What a blessing that can be.