If you have ever considered homeschooling before, you are not alone. Here are just a few reasons to consider homeschooling.
The number of homeschoolers is growing by leaps and bounds. In fact, in one state, there are more homeschoolers than private school students. There are many reasons why people choose homeschooling; they range from personal preference to special needs. If you have ever considered homeschooling before, you are not alone. Here are just a few reasons to consider homeschooling.
Homeschooling leaves so many options open. Homeschool families can take vacations when they want and are not tied down to a public school calendar. Some homeschool families’ school year-round, stopping for breaks as needed. Homeschool families can sleep in and do school later, or rise early and have the rest of the day to play. Part of the beauty of homeschooling is the flexibility!
Learning is Customized
Children learn differently. One child may struggle with math, another with reading. Some children may need a little more time before moving on. Some children learn while moving around, 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 the 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.
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 reasons to consider homeschooling. If you want more on this topic be sure to check out the following articles about why people choose to homeschool, and how to find your own why.
- Why Homeschooling is the Best Way to Teach Your Kids
- Considering Homeschooling? Ask Yourself This First!
- Why We Chose to Homeschool
- 5 Questions to Ask Before You Homeschool
Author Bio: Misty Bailey is the voice behind the Southeast Homeschool Expo’s Facebook page, as well as one of the convention planners here at the Southeast Homeschool Expo. She has worked in the homeschool market for nearly a decade with a multitude of curriculum companies, and as a former blogger and podcaster. She brings to the table 17 years of homeschooling experience working with her own three children, as well as founding her local homeschool group. Her goal is to encourage and inspire you on your homeschool journey by providing practical tips for real life (not cookie cutter perfection) homeschooling.