Top 10 Reasons To Homeschool
Homeschooling in America grows each year with a wide variety of families choosing this method for educating their children. The benefits to homeschooling are many, and parents often have trouble pinpointing a single reason why they have chosen to teach their children at home. This list covers the top 10 reasons to homeschool and gives some insight into why so many families choose this path.
- One-on-one contact between the teacher-parent and student helps many children grasp new concepts and difficult material more easily. When a teacher must spread her time between 20-30 students, it is difficult or impossible to take time for just one student who doesn’t understand. In a homeschool setting, however, the parent can always take time to explain and reinforce lessons as needed.
- Instruction can be tailored to each child’s learning style. Everyone learns through different channels – visual, auditory, and kinesthetic (action) – and every child learns better through one channel than the others. As parents discover their child’s unique learning style, they can plan lessons accordingly.
- Many families appreciate the freedom to include religious instruction as part of their homeschool studies, whether they are Christian, Jewish, Muslim, or another religion.
- Total control of the curricula is one of the major benefits of homeschooling. Parents can direct their children’s studies in whatever manner they believe is best. If one family wants to study Latin while another studies Chinese, that is perfectly acceptable. Families may choose to delve more deeply into certain topics than public schools do.
- Mastery of every lesson is quite possible in a homeschool. If a child doesn’t understand a concept or doesn’t do well on a test, parents can stop and review, explaining the material in different ways, until a child completely understands and has mastered the information.
- Likewise, a child who learns very quickly may be advanced through lessons and kept on a level where he can be appropriately challenged.
- Homeschooled children, especially as they get older, can be given the opportunity to pursue interests that may fall outside the normal scope of education provided by schools. For example, a student who hopes to be a veterinarian may spend half a day, from ninth grade until graduation, volunteering or working at a local animal shelter. A student interested in music may devote many hours to practicing the violin or another instrument, while one interested in pursuing a career in construction may be able to apprentice with a local building contractor.
- Whereas children in a public or private school spend the majority of each day with others of the same age, homeschooled children have a greater opportunity to spend time and interact with people of all ages. Along with older and younger siblings, a homeschooled child may frequently visit elderly neighbors or speak to local business owners.
- Though they are not immune by any means, homeschooled children are less likely to be bullied or teased than those who attend public or even private schools.
- In a homeschool, children experience a lack of peer pressure that is virtually unheard of in the public school setting. The older children get, the more likely they are to be exposed to negative influences from friends – smoking, drinking, drug use, and sexual activity, to name a few. In a public school, children are left basically unsupervised much of the time, whereas in a homeschool, parents and other adults can provide frequent guidance regarding these situations.