When you first tell people you are homeschooling you are likely to get a ton of feedback about the things they are missing out on. However, what people tend to not talk about are the things a child gains from homeschooling.
One on One Education
Homeschooling allows a child to have their education tailored to them. It provides a child with an awesome student to teacher ratio, and gives the child the opportunity to advance, or slow down to whatever level the need. Some children may have special needs that are not being met in a public school classroom. Homeschooling allows them the luxury of a more one on one education that better suits their needs. Some children may struggle with math, but excel in the area of English. These students can work ahead in one subject, and at their own pace in the others.
Homeschooling allows a child to work and learn in a safe environment free from bullies, allergies (if the child has them), communicable diseases, and other things a child may be exposed to in public school. Yes, bullies and the other things listed appear in everyday life, but homeschooling allows a child to experience them with the help of a parent, and in the case of communicable diseases not nearly as often as if they were in a classroom full of kids who come to school sick, so the parents can go to work.
Homeschooling allows a child the freedom to work at their own pace, learn from hands on opportunities, and allows flexibility to make your own schedule. I know many homeschooled teens that have jobs during the day, since their school is normally done shortly after lunch. Families can travel year round, since they are not tied down to a school calendar. Learning can happen in a museum, zoo, car, or doctor’s office. When a child is homeschooled the world is their classroom.
There are many advantages to homeschooling, and the advantages for a child are far and wide. A child gains from homeschooling the freedom to learn at their own pace, the luxury of a one on one education and the added safety net of learning in an at home environment.
Misty Bailey is a Christian wife and homeschool mom. She loves helping new homeschoolers and has a Homeschool 101 eBook for those getting started. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey.