The Beginner’s Guide to Homeschooling, Part One
9 Reasons to Homeschool
Homeschooling can be a wonderful way to educate your children and prepare them for adulthood. Here are 9 reasons why homeschooling might be as good a choice for your family as it has been for ours.
- Homeschooling is flexible. You are not tied to a specific schedule. This means that you can customize your daily, weekly, and yearly schedule to suit your family as a whole and your child specifically. You have the freedom to take time off when necessary without worrying about how it will impact your overall schedule or progress. If you work full-time and homeschool, you can school on evenings or even just on the weekends. If you are a stay-at-home parent, you likely have even more scheduling flexibility.
- Homeschooling is highly customizable. You are not tied down to any specific curricula or method of teaching. You get to choose whatever works best for your child’s personality and learning style which allows your child to reach their maximum potential for learning success.
- Homeschooling does not require your child to be in the same grade level for every subject being taught. For instance, your child might excel at math but be a reluctant reader. No problem! You just begin teaching a subject and you work through it until you’re finished. Your child may be so hungry to learn it that you fly through it in record time. Or your child may drag his or her feet (much to your chagrin, sometimes.) It doesn’t matter. You’ll still get through it and, as long as your child learns, your mission has been accomplished.
- Homeschooling allows you to introduce sensitive topics to your child on your terms. A great example of this is sexual education. I was public schooled and this topic was part of my 4th grade curriculum whether my parents liked it or not. Even though I was allowed to watch the (super awkward) video at home, it was still a requirement. And there was a classroom discussion about it afterwards. I’ve read articles about some schools choosing to teach this topic at even earlier ages, whether or not the children are ready for such knowledge. When you’re homeschooling, you can introduce topics like this when it’s right for you and your child and it’s not dependent on someone else’s idea of when it should be taught.
- Homeschooling allows you to incorporate your values, ethics, and belief systems into your lessons. I have always enjoyed this benefit, because as a Christian, this means that I can incorporate Bible memory verses, devotions, and other faith-based lessons into our schedule. But you don’t have to be a Christian to enjoy this particular homeschooling advantage!
- Homeschooling gives your child the one-on-one attention most traditional classrooms are unable to provide. Even the best public and private school teachers will confess that they don’t have as much time as they would like to devote to each of their students. Their attention is naturally divided. When you homeschool, even if you’re homeschooling multiple children at different grade levels, you are still able to give them the individualized attention and help that they need to succeed.
- Homeschooling provides your children with more time to enjoy extracurricular and social activities. There is often no need for homework and lessons are usually completed in-full in a fraction of the time it takes in a public or private school setting. Ace and I usually complete our daily lessons within 2-3 hours, leaving us the rest of the day to do other things. This means extra field trips to extend our learning experience and more time to participate in sports, music lessons, art classes, volunteer activities, etc.
- Homeschooling allows your children to get the sleep they need for their growing bodies. I recently saw an article about the toll public and private school schedules takes on children and teenagers. After a 6+ hour school day, extracurricular activities, and time spent on homework, children are often busy from the moment they get up to the moment they go to bed. Waking up early enough to get to school on time often interrupts sleeping patterns and does not give their bodies time to recharge and regroup. My son has always been able to wake up naturally and I know that getting the right amount of sleep has done his growing body good.
- Homeschooling fosters a focus on lifelong learning, rather than just school-based learning. When you’re homeschooling, you can delve deeper into subjects that truly interest your child. This encourages them to actually enjoy the process of learning and retain more information about a topic instead of just memorizing facts. In this way, learning becomes a lifestyle not an activity.
Ultimately, deciding whether or not to homeschool is a very personal choice. There are so many reasons why people choose to homeschool that it would be difficult to make a list that encompasses them all. Consider this just a beginning and feel free to add any reasons why you chose to homeschool in the comments below.
Ready to get started planning your homeschool environment now? To help make it easy, I have created a free worksheet to help you walk through each step on your own! Click here to download the worksheet now and start creating your own Homeschool Environment Plan!