Many parents looking to homeschool wonder what the benefits to homeschooling are. The verdict is in – at least in our house. :)
When my two oldest were in high school, I asked them what they felt were some benefits to schooling at home.
Surprisingly, it did not take them long to create a list of twenty-five reasons why any parent should homeschool their children.
I included their top ten; the comments are mine, but the list is theirs.
I am sure they will come up with more, so check back again, or email us to let us know what yours are!
When it comes to homeschooling, you can't beat the student to teacher ratio. One of the wonderful benefits to homeschooling for sure! Forget the crowded classrooms, even in the largest homeschool family, the student to teacher ratio is often one to one.
What does your child struggle with? Do they have a special talent or interest? Homeschooling allows parents to customize their children's education to maximize learning, strengthen weaknesses and allow focus on special areas of interest or giftedness.
Not only can you focus on your child's educational needs, your education encompasses their character.
Building character takes time, and homeschooling offers the ability to develop a well-rounded child, that not only excels academically, but has moral character too.
In today's society this is greatly lacking due to the high-tech, fast-paced and hurried lifestyle many families live.
Children and teens today are faced with an increased level of negative influences from drugs and violence, to pressure from peers and the media.
Homeschooling minimizes negative peer pressure and allows children to develop into the people God created them to be, at their own pace, in their own time. Having to face daily criticism from peers and class mates is stressful and inhibits growth and development, as well as affects learning.
Homeschooling allows parents to have more control over what their children learn, or are exposed to.
Today, childhood naivety and innocence is lost as children are exposed to social issues and pressures at earlier ages through school or peers.
Carefree learning in the backyard... in her pj's. :)
As a homschooling parent, you have more control over when to expose your children to certain issues as well as more time to discuss situations and reinforce your family's beliefs and values in a safe, non-threatening atmosphere.
From enrichment classes to homeschool sports and social activities, your family can enjoy venturing outside of your homeschool classroom for learning and/or interaction.
Homeschool Field Day fun at the local park.
No school work. My teens Benefits to Homeschooling list, wouldn't be complete without this one! :)
When younger, my girls loved telling people that they did not do any "school" work. (They did have lots of home work though!)
Seriously, homeschool students do not have as much typical "after school" homework because they can complete their assignments during class-time, with little distraction.
Homeschooling allows you to focus more in depth on any subject or take more time to reinforce concepts to gain mastery.
Studying forests? Take a hike through the woods. Learning about the solar system? Take an unplanned trip to the planetarium.
I love being about to drop whatever we are doing to enjoy life and learn about our world through hands-on activities. I want to be ready to smell the roses whenever they bloom and I want my kids to learn to enjoy life to the fullest, not missing out on any opportunity that comes their way.
This past Fall, my eighty-year-old neighbor – an Italian immigrant, knocked on our door out of the blue, and announced that his grapes were ready for harvesting. If you know my neighbor and his gardening abilities, you too would jump at any chance to stop school and partake of his bountiful produce.
Off we went with our buckets, scissors, and ladders to harvest his grapes!
We spent the next couple of hours together as a family, laughing, eating and gathering juicy, ripe, "sweet like candy" grapes, learning through hands-on discovery how grapes grow, and of course, Mr CeCe's favorite subject... Italy!
Benefits to homeschooling? The list isn't complete without this one, it's one of my favorites! :)
Using curriculum that complements or reinforces your faith is one of the best benefits of homeschooling. With the government taking faith, religion and God out of the public schools, and replacing it with humanism and evolution, it's a blessing to be able to choose curriculum that coincides with your family's values.
This one was added by Rebekkah, a teen from Ohio. She writes,
"If you aren't really close to your family and feel like you never talk to them, you communicate a lot better when homeschooled."
I agree with Rebekkah. Our oldest went to public high school for one year and the times we could talk were limited. She was gone from 7:30am to 3pm everyday, and then homework had to be completed after she got home from school. When she was involved in after-school sports or activities, we had even less time together.
This is by no means an exhaustive list of benefits to homeschooling; just some of my teens favorites. Feel free to add YOUR favorite homeschooling perk/s below... I would love to include them on my site. :)
Every family is unique. We enjoy homeschooling for many different reasons.
What are the benefits of homeschooling for you, your family, or your kids?
I would love to hear from you and share your reasons with other parents considering home education for their family.
Please share your story!
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