10 Benefits of Homeschooling
The benefits of homeschooling are rewarding not only for you the parent but for your children as well. Let’s sit down and hash out 10 Benefits of homeschooling.
1. Self Paced Learning
When you homeschool, you have the ability to set the speed and pace at which your child gets to learn. It’s like one-on-one tutoring! Some kids wiz through everything and others struggle to understand or retain even basic information. You may have both of these children in your family. But homeschooling allows you slow down the lesson for one child and speed up the lesson for another.
2. Choosing what your Child Learns
Having the ability to choose what information your child gets to learn is just one of the many benefits of homeschooling. Not only do you get to choose the subjects but you also get to choose the depth of the subject as well as the worldview that the subject is being taught from. For our family, that is a Christian worldview.
3. Cultivate Independent Thinking
Homeschooling allows you to cultivate independent thinking within your child. Government schools teach children to memorize facts so they can regurgitate them on a test. Homeschooling allows you to learn deeper lessons from the material being taught.Take history for example.
We all know the saying “In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” Most kids can regurgitate the fact. They may even be able to tell you something a little more in depth like that Columbus’ voyage brought new diseases to the New World. But what did they learn from those facts other than to repeat them for a test? How do those facts apply to us today?
Independent thinking is a crucial skill to have in today’s world and sadly, it is not taught in government schools.
4. Real World Learning Environment
Homeschooling provides real world learning experiences. Not only are my kids learning how to find area and perimeter in math but they are applying those life skills when they help me build a chicken coop. They are learning about chemistry and science when they help me brew a batch of cider or when they are helping with the birthing of a baby goat. They also live and operate in a physical environment more liken to the real world than a government school setting.
In government school you walk in a straight line, hands at your side, mouths shut. If a bully comes up and hits you, you can not protect yourself for fear of punishment. You must ask for permission to go to the bathroom, get a drink, or eat. That is not how real life works people! This is how prisons work!
When I am working at my job or at home I can eat when I am hungry and I don’t have to ask permission to go to the bathroom. I just need to make sure my work gets done in a timely manner.
5. Safe Learning Environment
We can not protect our kids from every harmful and hateful thing in the world but we can do our best to keep them safe.
Kids do not need to be learning about sex in 1st grade. Homeschooling allows you to teach your kid about these important subjects as they are ready and old enough to learn about them. At the house drugs, violence, and other negative social behavior will not be an issue. And while they may be teased by their little brother or sister, that is nothing like the bullying that goes on in government schools.
And how could I forget, government schools are gun free zones! Lets just say, my home is not! Physical protection is another benefit of homeschooling.
6. Having a Flexible Schedule
When you homeschool you can take family vacations any time of the year. You can visit an amusement park after everyone else has started school and not worry about waiting in 3 hour long lines! When you homeschool you can sleep in and start the day late or wake up early and get school over with before noon. You have the flexibility to make or change your family schedule at will.
7. Family Time
Spending more time with your family is a great benefit of homeschooling! Seeing your child finally have that ‘ah-ha’ moment when they grasp something new is one of the greatest rewards of a homeschooling parent. If you send your kids off to school then you may never get the chance to experience that.
Spending quality time together is an important ingredient to any relationship. Whether spending time with God, your spouse, or your kids, both quality and quantity of time spent together will help that relationship grow.
8. Incorporation of Moral and Spiritual Growth
Unless your going to a private school, the only spirituality your child is learning is humanism. And their morals are being taught by their young and inexperienced peers. Not quite a recipe for success.
Often times when you tell someone that you homeschool their first response is, “What about socialization?” This topic could be it’s own separate blog post but let’s suffice it to say that homeschooled children are often times more socialized than government school children.
My kids help teach and play with younger children, they play with other kids their age, and they interact with adults often as well. They have met and interacted with people of all career paths and occupations. They are plenty socialized.
10. You can Invest Time on Your Child’s Special Talents and Interests
What is your child or family passionate about? What special interests or talents do your kids have? As a homeschooling family you have the ability to explore and nurture those interests. Government schools do cover this area as they offer sports, music programs and after school clubs but it is impossible for them to cater to your specific child’s talents and interests. What if your family is passionate about feeding the homeless, or talented at shooting sports, or just have some off the wall talent or interest. No school can match what is available to a homeschooled child.
As you can imagine, opportunities are endless when you homeschool! You’re not a square peg being forced into a round hole. You get to choose what is right for your family. So what are some of your favorite benefits of homeschooling? Leave a comment below and make sure to check out our Facebook page.