Homeschooling 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 these popular advantages that homeschooling families find and maybe some will ring true for you.
#1 – Have Control Over 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 are heavily focused on, making the decision on what your children learn and when is a very popular reason why many people homeschool. Though this is not our principal reason for homeschooling in our household, we do like that we can put emphasis on the subject’s that we feel require emphasis and include additional electives at an earlier age.
#2 – Have More Time for Your Family on Your Schedule – Maybe your family is a military family that moves around a lot or maybe your spouse travels a lot for work and you want the freedom to travel along with the family. These are commonly reasons that people choose homeschooling. One of the advantages of homeschooling for us is scheduling. My dear husband has a schedule that is rarely the same and that means working weekends and having days off during the week as well as
#3 – Set the Pace of Learning to Your Individual Child – This can be a great advantage of homeschooling. Children learn at their own pace and learn differently. Whether you have a child that is struggling with reading or one that is excelling and working above their typical grade level, allowing your child to work at his or her own pace in each subject can really be a blessing for you and your child.
#4 – Be Able to Expose Your Children to Subjects and Skills that You Feel is Valuable – Since all traditional schools have certain subjects that are required to be covered and only so much time to cover it in, there are sometimes subjects that are not introduced early in the educational journey. In addition, at the high school level, traditional schools are set to certain number of students in a class at certain times meaning your child may not get to take classes that interest them. Homeschooling allow your children to explore what interests them and allows you, as the parent, to help guide them toward subjects that you feel would be good for them and develop life long skills that you and your family find important.
#5 – Delight in Watching Your Children Learn – The biggest advantage to homeschooling, as I can see so far, is that I get to take an active role in watching my children learn. Being able to be so involved in their educational journey is such a delight. Being able to watch them figure out a problem or discover something in nature is amazing. Watching them complete tasks and accomplish goals for the first time is wonderful. I feel blessed to be able to learn and experience their education right along with them.
Homeschooling is not for everyone, and there are certainly traditional schools that have stellar educations programs; however, homeschooling has some wonderful advantages that can not be completed with. I feel blessed to have begun on this homeschooling journey with my family and cannot wait to see where our journey leads us.
What do you homeschool? What advantages do you find in your homeschooling journey? I would love to hear them. I’m sure I’ve forgotten many.
Cathy Davis says
Great points! I started homeschooling my son when he was just 3 or 4 years old. Well, really we ALL homeschool our children if we’re teaching them the basics before Kindergarten starts! But, I think I just lacked the confidence in myself (and the organizational skills) to make it successful. I still feel disappointed in myself because we were working on fractions before he even went in to Kindergarten… and now, he’s in 3rd grade and they still haven’t even touched upon that I have great respect for mothers who are able to homeschool!
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Isn’t it amazing what they can learn at a young age if we let them? I’m sure your son is a better student for the great foundation you gave him at home early on. I think you are right, most of us homeschool in the beginning with our toddlers. But it definitely isn’t for everyone. Just being active in their learning is important, no matter how we do it.
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Come on folks, it isn’t going to happen. Schools will not be epivatizrd. Not because it is a terrible idea but because the government is involved. I lived through the early Reagan years when we thought that there was going to be real progress in curtailing government and making it more efficient. It didn’t happen then and it sure won’t happen now. It would be wonderful if we could actually get the government to be semi-efficient but that will not happen, unfortunately.Can schools be improved? Of course they can but it is only going to come about in small increments because that is how things actually happen. And we do need to work on doing just that.As to homeschooling, well I have to tell you as a teacher, it would be nice if the students whose parents actually cared that much were in my class instead. At least it would be nice for me. But honestly, if a parent is capable of giving their student a good education and developing an interest in the child to actually learn, then I have no problems with that at all. As to socialization, well in most schools socialization consists of lazy or bad students trying to hold back the good ones and getting the good students to do things they should not do, or at least trying to stop them from succeeding. That is the mentality you see in the average public school student.. but that is not surprising as that is the mentality you see in the average citizen.Bert
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