The number of homeschooled children in the world is growing rapidly. A recent study found that in the states homeschooling has increased by 75 percent in the past 14 years.
- Flexibility- Homeschooling leaves so many options open. Homeschool families can take vacations on a whim. They are not tied down to a public school calendar. Many homeschool families school year round, stopping for breaks when they see fit, or when a need arises, they are in charge of their children’s educational calendar. Also, there is no rushing around in the morning to get all the kids off to school. Many families sleep in and start school in the afternoon, some get up and do school in the morning and are done by lunch. Part of the beauty of homeschooling is the flexibility!
- Learning is Customized- Not all children learn the same way. Some children struggle with Math, some may struggle with reading. Some may need a little more time to practice a skill before moving on. Some children like to be active and moving while they learn, some need visual aids. Homeschooling allows the parents to cater to each of their children’s individual needs. This cannot be done in a public school setting. If a child is in a class with 15 other children, and 12 know the material, the teacher will move on. The alternative is true also, if three know the material and 13 don’t, the teacher will need to spend more time teaching while the three who know it are bored. Homeschooling allows children to learn at their own pace, and in the way they learn best. As parents, we are our children’s best teacher, and the one who loves them and wants to see them succeed. If curriculum is not working, you can change it! If a child needs more time, you can take it. Homeschooling allows parents to customize the learning to fit their child.
- Learning as a lifestyle- Homeschooling allows children to see that life happens every day. Children do not need to be “in school” to learn. There are learning opportunities everywhere! When you homeschool the whole world is your classroom. One way that many homeschoolers integrate daily life into homeschooling is through field trips. Many times businesses are more than willing to accommodate a small group of homeschoolers, and because the class size is so small, the children are able to have more interaction and hands on opportunities.
- Relationships- The relationships in homeschool families are typically very close. Siblings become best friends, and tend to enjoy playing together. These relationships are strengthened into friendships due to the fact that they spend their days learning together, something that wouldn’t happen in public school. Parents are typically closer with their children also, because they are able to spend much more time together than a typical public school child may have with their parents. Homeschooling allows families to build and nurture relationships while learning together.
- Health and Safety- In homeschool families there is no fear of bullying, or school violence. Parents know that their children are with them and safe. In the rare instance an issue does arise, parents are there to help deal with it. Homeschool parents know what their children are eating, to parents of children with food allergies this is of utmost importance. Homeschooling also allows parents to be the ones who guide their children in moral and character training.
- Freedom- If you talk to many homeschool parents most will tell you that freedom is one of the best things about homeschooling. Freedom for children to learn at their own pace and freedom to set their own schedule. It provides freedom to take days off as wanted or as needed. Parents have the freedom to choose their own curriculum. Children have the freedom to dress as they want, and to be themselves with no fear of trying to “fit in”. Homeschool children also have more freedom to play, and be a kid because there is no homework to tie up the afternoons and evenings
- One on One Ratio- You can’t beat the student/teacher ratio in homeschooling. If your child has a problem they don’t understand, you are right there to help them. This means you will know when they have mastered the material. There is no waiting until the teacher has time, or until parent teacher conferences to realize your child doesn’t quite “get it”. You will know what they are learning, how they are learning, and how they are doing in school all the time
These are just a few of the many reasons that families today are choosing homeschooling. Each families reasons will be different, but most will probably fit somewhere into this list. As you read them, you may realize that some are reasons that could make you consider homeschooling as well!