Families choose homeschooling for a variety of reasons. Here are 10 great reasons to homeschool:
Homeschooling is all about flexibility. Hours of the day, days of the week, locations, courses, worldviews, learning methods, curriculum, holidays, etc. All of these are flexible, as homeschool parents can gauge the pace of their child’s learning and adjust it as necessary, allowing some children to grasp concepts better and others to cover more material. Homeschooling is a great option for families who must, or want to, travel during the year. Home education can also be an asset for families who must take time off during the school season due to an illness or for other extenuating circumstances.
2. Enriched specialized learning:
Parents know their children best and thus can, and are motivated to, help enrich their child’s individual educational experience. This can include giving consideration to the child’s areas of interest and preferred learning methods, resulting in the student “owning” the learning process more and retaining more of the information—and usually having more fun doing it!
Homeschooling is a good option for gifted students who are not being challenged enough intellectually as well as for students who are left behind in the school system.
3. Encourages critical thinking:
The home education model is a more independent model than traditional schooling, which helps foster critical thinking and independent learning skills. Also, children who require more time to process and think through a problem can do so before other students answer.
4. More time with family and increased guidance for children:
Some families choose homeschooling simply to spend more time with their children. For some, the decision to homeschool came from the parent not being ready to part ways with their youngster. Other parents want to play a greater role in their child’s educational activities. Still others seek out more than only after-school dinnertime conversation.
5. Values and beliefs:
Passing on family values and beliefs is important to many individuals, and homeschooling provides the perfect atmosphere in which to do this, both formally with curriculum and informally as you spend time with your child.
6. Learning environment:
Children who struggle with learning or behavioural difficulties may benefit from a smaller, more familiar, consistent environment in which to learn. Freedom to use space, such as walking while mentally problem solving or standing while doing math can be helpful for some students. Many children thrive when they have fewer distractions, and a home setting may provide this framework.
7. A safe space:
While many schools have anti-bullying laws, bullying remains a real hindrance to students. Other students are not bullied, but their struggle with anxiety is real. Switching the question from “How do I get my child to the school property?” to “What is my child learning today?” can be a gamechanger for both you and your child. Homeschool can provide a safe place for your student to learn and is often a relief from school struggles and a fresh start for learning.
8. Fosters creativity:
Homeschooling provides an excellent backdrop for children to explore and be creative. The classroom, as Sir Ken Robinson posited in the most famous TedTalk to date, is not a place for creativity to flourish.
Robinson observed, “We don’t grow into creativity, we grow out of it. Or rather, we get educated out of it.”
We live in a creative class, where creativity is necessary for economic growth and stability. Homeschooling provides a great space to nurture a creative spirit in your child.
9. Health and safety concerns:
Children who have severe allergies or health conditions can’t always receive the care they need in a regular school setting. Some parents are forced to homeschool due to the risks posed by these ailments.
10. Frequent relocation:
For some families, like those involved in the military, settling in one location is not feasible, and homeschooling gives them the freedom to maintain consistency in their child’s education while traveling as a family unit.