There are many reasons why parents may choose to homeschool their children. Some important reasons include:
- Allowing for a more customized and individualized education
- Flexibility in terms of scheduling and curriculum
- The ability to instill certain values or religious beliefs
- The opportunity to spend time bonding with and getting to know your child
- Creating a learning environment that is free from distractions or bullies
Homeschooling can be a great option for parents who want to be more involved in their child’s education, and it can offer many benefits.
However, it is important to do your research and make sure that homeschooling is the right fit for you and your family.
In this video, I talk about why my family chose to homeschool our children, what led us to this decision, and how it’s been working out for us.
I strongly encourage you to watch or listen to this video, so you can get a better understanding of how to make the decision of whether or not homeschooling is right for you and your family.
Top 12 Reasons You Need To Homeschool Your Child
Here are the top 12 reasons you need to homeschool your child and the difference this choice will make for you and your family.
1. Homeschooling can be tailored to your child’s individual needs and strengths
People often debate the pros and cons of homeschool vs. public school when considering their options. One of the main benefits of homeschooling is that it can be specifically tailored to your child’s individual needs.
Unlike a traditional classroom setting, where all students are expected to learn at the same pace, homeschooling allows you to adjust the curriculum to meet your child’s unique strengths and weaknesses.
For example, if your child is struggling with math, you can spend more time on that subject. If your child is a fast learner, you can challenge them with advanced material.
Or if your child has special needs, homeschooling can provide the necessary accommodations to ensure that they are getting the best education possible that is right for them.
As a result, homeschooling can help your child reach their full potential.
Additionally, homeschooling gives you the opportunity to teach your child in accordance with your own personal beliefs and values.
This can provide a more well-rounded education than what is typically offered in public schools. Ultimately, homeschooling provides a unique and flexible learning experience that allows the parent to be in control of what their children learns.
2. You have control over the curriculum and teaching methods used in homeschooling
When you homeschool your child, you have complete control over the curriculum and teaching methods used.
You can tailor the curriculum to your child’s individual needs and interests, and you can choose teaching methods that work best for your child’s learning style.
For example, if your child is a visual learner (like my son), you might use more hands-on activities and materials to teach the alphabet.
If your child is an auditory learner (like my other children), you might use more taped lectures, chapter books, or discussions. And if your child is a kinesthetic learner, you might use more physical activities and games.
In addition, homeschooling gives you the flexibility to adjust the pace of learning to meet your child’s needs. If your child masters a concept quickly, you can move on to the next topic.
If your child needs more time to understand a concept, your child can take the time to review the material.
According to the United States Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the most common reason parents opt to educate their children at home is due to a bad school environment. Over 26% cited a negative environment as their top reason for choosing homeschooling, and over 90% listed it among their reasons for switching to homeschooling.
As a result, homeschooling provides a level of customization and flexibility that simply isn’t possible in a traditional school setting.
3. Homeschooling allows for more interaction between parents and children
In a traditional school setting, parents often feel like they are on the sidelines of their child’s education.
They may attend parent-teacher conferences and help with homework, but they generally don’t have much day-to-day involvement in what their child is learning.
Homeschooling provides an opportunity for parents to be more actively involved in their child’s education.
You have the opportunity to choose the curriculum and tailor it to your child’s individual needs and interests.
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Homeschooling also allows parents to spend more time with their children, which can be a valuable bonding experience. In addition, homeschooled children often have more opportunities to interact with adults, which can help them develop social skills.
For all these reasons, homeschooling can be a great option for families who want to be more involved in their children’s education.
4. Homeschooled children are often more well-rounded and socially adept than their peers
I firmly believe that homeschool children spend more time socializing with others than children in a public school setting.
One of the main reasons for this is that homeschooling children are not confined to a classroom with walls and a desk. They have the opportunity to learn in a variety of settings, both in the home and in the community.
This allows them to develop a broader range of skills and knowledge than their peers who are confined to the classroom.
In addition, homeschooled children often have the opportunity to interact with a wider range of people, including adults. This helps them to develop social skills that can be invaluable in later life.
They don’t spend the majority of the day sitting in a desk and told “not to talk.” They’re out in the community, interacting with people of all ages.
As a result, it is not surprising that many homeschooled children are more well-rounded and socially adept than their peers.
5. There is a sense of community among homeschoolers that you won’t find in traditional schools
For many families, the decision to homeschool their children is driven by a desire to create a close-knit community.
In a traditional school setting, students are often divided into groups based on their age and ability level. This can create a sense of competition and isolation, especially for kids who don’t feel like they fit in.
Homeschooling provides an opportunity to build a community of learners, where everyone is valued and supported.
Homeschooling families often come together to share resources and ideas, go on field trips, receive academic instruction, and kids have the chance to interact with people of all ages.
As a result, homeschoolers often develop strong bonds with each other, creating a close-knit community that feels more like family than anything else.
6. It can be cheaper than sending your child to private or public school
Homeschooling is an increasingly popular educational option for families around the world. While there are many benefits to homeschooling, one of the most appealing is the cost-savings.
Although it requires a significant investment of time and effort, homeschooling can be significantly cheaper than sending your child to private or public school.
By eliminating tuition, fundraising costs, fees, and other associated expenses, homeschooling can provide a high-quality education at a fraction of the price.
In addition, many families find that they are able to reduce their overall living expenses by homeschooling, as they no longer need to pay for childcare or after-school activities.
As a result, homeschooling can be a very attractive option for families on a tight budget.
7. Parents need more control over the educational process
Parents are the primary caregivers and educators of their children. They are the ones who provide for their needs, love them unconditionally, and teach them the values that will guide them through life.
Therefore, it only makes sense that parents should have more control over the educational process.
Unfortunately, the current educational system does not always reflect the wishes of parents. In many cases, schools are overcrowded and underfunded, forcing teachers to focus on standardized test results rather than individual students.
Additionally, parents often have difficulty communicating with teachers and administrators.
As a result, parents feel disconnected from the educational process and powerless to ensure that their children are receiving the best possible education.
By giving parents more control over the educational process, homeschooling empowers them to make decisions that are in the best interests of their children.
And allowing children to learn in this kind of environment creates a more cohesive and supportive learning experience for everyone involved.
Families are able to work together to create customized learning plans that meet the unique needs of each child.
8. Homeschooling provides a more structured learning environment
Parents have control, and are responsible, for what their family’s daily homeschool schedule looks like for their lives.
This can be a great benefit for kids who learn best in a more structured environment.
In a traditional school setting, the day is divided into a number of different classes, with each one lasting a set amount of time.
This can be disruptive for some kids, who have difficulty transitioning from one subject to another.
Homeschooling allows families to create a schedule that works best for their children. Kids can spend more time on the subjects they are struggling with, and less time on the ones they find easy.
This flexibility can be very beneficial for kids who need extra time to master certain concepts.
In our home my children know that their bookwork is done in the morning. If they’re able to work through their assignments, then they’ll have the afternoon for completed self-interest learning activities and work.
9. Homeschooling allows for more creativity and flexibility in learning
One of the main benefits of a home education is the increased creativity and flexibility it allows in learning.
When children are not confined to a traditional classroom setting, they have more opportunity to explore their interests and learn in ways that suit their individual needs.
For example, a child who loves art may spend more time working on creative projects, while a child who struggles with reading may be able to receive more one-on-one attention from a parent or tutor.
In addition, homeschooling parents can tailor their child’s homeschool curriculum to match their unique strengths and weaknesses. As a result, homeschooled children often develop a well-rounded education that goes beyond the basics of reading, writing, and math.
10. Homeschooling gives your child more one-on-one attention
One of the main advantages of homeschooling is that your child will receive more one-on-one attention.
In a traditional classroom setting, teachers have to balance the needs of multiple students, which can result in some students feeling left behind.
With homeschooling, you can tailor the lesson plans to your child’s specific needs and abilities. As a result, your child will be better able to understand the material and stay on track with their learning.
Some children need this one-on-one attention to learn effectively, and homeschooling can provide this in a way that traditional schools cannot.
11. Parents want to instill values and morals that you deem important
Being a parent is one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences a person can have. It is a parent’s responsibility to nurture and guide their children, helping them to grow into happy and successful adults.
One of the most important ways that parents can do this is by teaching them values and morals. By instilling these values at an early age, parents can help their children to develop a strong sense of right and wrong.
This in turn can lead to more responsible decision-making in adulthood.
Additionally, teaching values and morals can help children to develop empathy and respect for others.
Ultimately, parents want to instill values and morals that they deem important in order to help their children grow into well-rounded individuals.
By imparting these lessons, parents can give their children the tools they need to lead happy and successful lives.
12. To provide a safe learning environment
A safe learning environment is one where students feel comfortable taking risks and challenging themselves. It is a place where they feel respected and supported by their siblings, peers, teachers, and parents.
In a safe learning environment, homeschooled students are free to express their views without fear of judgement, retaliation, or peer pressure. They are also able to take risks and make mistakes without feeling embarrassed or humiliated.
Safe learning environments are essential for promoting academic instruction, success, and social-emotional development. When students feel safe, they are more likely to engage in deep level thinking, be creative, and take intellectual risks.
They are also more likely to develop positive relationships with their peers and adults.
Creating a safe learning environment requires effort and commitment from everyone at home and in your homeschooling community.
By working together, we can provide all students with the support they need to succeed academically, socially, and emotionally.
Why My Family Chose To Homeschool
I originally started homeschooling our children when they were in preschool and we did a lot of activities together, including artwork, crafts, and learning games at home.
When my oldest was ready to go to kindergarten, she was excited. She wanted the public school experience.
And we talked with her about what her schedule would look like. The first day came and we dropped her off at 8:25AM.
Nothing could prepare me for how exhausted she was after I picked her up from her first day of school. She fell asleep on the way home. She barely ate any dinner because she couldn’t keep her eyes open.
What Public School Looked Like For Her
And she crashed that night and slept.
And the next day when she woke up the next morning, I was thinking maybe she just needed a little sleep. But she just wasn’t her happy self anymore.
And when I took her to school that next day, she put her feet on the ground. She dragged her feet across the school’s playground. She refused to go in the classroom.
It was too much for her. She was so overwhelmed.
And this experience isn’t that all unfamiliar to other mothers.
I understand the first couple of days of school are overwhelming and eventually the kids get used to it. But if you really think about it, we’re asking our children to have the same schedule as a full grown adult.
Some of the children are at school even longer than that. Some get there as early as 7:00 AM. If you’re doing before school activities and some stay as late as seven or 8:00 PM, if you’re doing after school activities.
And so we’re expecting these little children to have the full blown schedule that not even adults carry.
My daughter eventually acclimated to her schedule and we brought her home for the summer. She looked forward to seeing her friends and having a new teacher for first grade.
But when she went back to school and started first grade, the cycle repeated itself. She came home, nearly falling asleep in her dinner. She was exhausted.
The Day The World Changed Everything
Well, a couple years ago, you know, something changed the world and people had to bring their children home. So instead of going into a classroom where she was with her peers and teacher, she spent the next eight hours for the next couple of months online.
And it wasn’t the best.
It was exhausting for her. Her eyes hurt. She was not learning.
She struggled to try to learn a new form of technology, so she could do an assignment.
And over the next few weeks, as school came to the end, we learned that this was not going to work for my oldest. And it certainly wasn’t gonna work for her younger sibling who was getting ready to go into kindergarten.
Especially since the school district that we were living in at the time had announced that they were going to do distant online learning for the following year as well.
So my husband and I had a really good in-depth conversation, and we decided to pull them out of the public school system and bring them home to learn.
What Homeschooling Really Looks Like
There was a lot of unschooling that happened on my part because I was raised in the public school system. And if you’re thinking about homeschooling your child, please know it’s one of the most rewarding things you’ll ever do.
Difficult? Yes! But so rewarding because you are laying the foundation for them, not just to educate their minds about topics like math, writing, and science. You are laying the foundation for them for the rest of their lives and teaching them how to have a successful life.
Just remember that homeschooling your kids is about letting them experiencing life with you. It’s taking them grocery shopping, showing them the sights, and visiting galleries and museums. It’s also about seeing, learning, and growing together.
Now, if you’re wondering, well, that’s great, but how do you even do it? Well, let me tell you, there are some wonderful resources that are available to parents.
You can homeschool your child. I want you to know that it is possible.
I hope this article has given you a good starting point in deciding to homeschool your child.
And if you have any questions along the way, don’t hesitate to leave a comment on this post, or send me a message on Instagram.
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Micah Klug is a wife, homeschooling mother to five children, and author. She teaches time-tested solutions to help parents remember what matters most in life, including strengthening their home, faith, and family relationships. To learn how a child who grew up in an authoritarian home is now creating an environment of peace and joy in her own home visit this page. If you want to contact Micah, send her an email here or email [email protected].