When I wrote about Homeschool Pros and Cons, I was thinking more about the types of things you may or not consider when making the choice about whether to homeschool. It wasn’t supposed to be a comprehensive list of the benefits of homeschooling. But I got huge amounts of feedback from people telling me about all the “pros” I forgot. The benefits of homeschooling. Enough that I decided it was worthy of a second post. These are the benefits of our homeschool, shared to encourage you on this journey.
- Lots of time with your children. Instead of sending my kids to the bus stop and welcoming them home eight hours later, we are together. Eating lunch together, cuddling over a science lesson or phonics lesson, heading to the park together before school gets out. I definitely spend more time with each of my kids because we homeschool.
- Lots of opportunities for character training. Homeschooling together provides you with plenty of opportunities to teach conflict resolution, the value of hard work, teamwork, personal responsibility, obedience, polite behavior, and more. I know that many people are teaching these things in spite of a choice of public school education for their children, but I have eight more hours in which I spend at least a portion of each day on character training.
- Tailored learning. When something doesn’t work, we try another curriculum. When curriculum doesn’t work, we bring out the games. When that doesn’t work, we look online for videos. Each of my children can learn in ways that best suit their style and personality.
- Getting to really know your child. I mean seriously, nothing brings out your child’s strengths and weaknesses more clearly than homeschooling – especially when you begin to expect independent work.
- I’m learning all the stuff I was never taught in public school. Do you know – I did not have any idea about world history until I read it for myself in preparation to teach my children? I was never required to read or study world history in any year of elementary, middle, high school, or college. It was all variations on US History. Yikes. I also have a sadly large list of classics I have never read.
- I get to keep God in the equation. I can teach all subjects from a Christian Worldview, and have plenty of time to teach my kids apologetics. I’m not squeezing it in in the evenings and weekends.
- We can go deep. What I mean by that is, when my kids get a specific interest we can really focus in on that interest and provide them with plenty of information and tools to explore that area.
- My kids get plenty of time to play. No 20 minute recess here! We don’t get outside as much as I’d like, but they spend plenty of time with their LEGO® bricks and army men when lessons are done.
- My kids get plenty of sleep. The growing teens and tweens either sleep in or take naps as needed. A benefit of homeschooling they surely appreciate!
- Our kids aren’t exposed to every.single.cold.or.virus. I mean we still get sick, and we still hang out with other kids – but no one here is forced to drink out of a public water fountain after gym class. That alone has to save us at least a couple colds a year!
- We can do school on sick days. Unless my kids are very sick, they can do some of their lessons in bed or watch educational television programming for a bit during a common cold.
- We don’t have to do “homework.” For the most part, my kids get their lessons done during the school day and do not have to spend evenings over their books.
- We can travel whenever we want. Which is why our “spring break” is happening at the height of the snowy season at the perfect sledding location.
- We take everything at the child’s pace. Learning to read at age ten works out just fine when you homeschool. It might stress Mom out a bit, but your child will catch up quickly once it clicks.
- My older kids can provide input on the curriculum choices we make and can directly impact their path of learning in certain subjects. All of my daughter’s electives in high school are tailored to her interests. No stupid filler classes or study halls here.
- Nobody here gets made fun of for poor clothing choices. At least most of the time. I do have one that occasionally shocks us all into laughter with her choices. But for the most part, my kids can wear a costume 24/7 or walk around in cardboard armor all day and it’s all good.
- None of my children have ever been humiliated on a school bus. No lollipops or gum purposely stuck in her hair. No one refusing to share a seat. No strangers getting a hickey in the back seat. No dirty music playing that you can’t ignore. No basketballs to the head. You’ve been there right? But your kids don’t have to. These are definitely homeschool benefits. All of them.
- None of my kids will ever be shoved into a locker. Ever.
- None of my kids will ever have to eat cafeteria pizza. Until college.
- None of my kids will be forced to change clothes or take a shower with a transgender person of the opposite sex or even change in a public locker room at all.
- None of my kids ask for the latest and greatest $200 shoes, jeans, or purse.
Are you still thinking about whether or not you want to homeschool? You can lead more about homeschooling right here on this site. We have an honest list of Pros and Cons for Homeschooling that might be helpful. And you might also like to read The Surprising Truth About Homeschool Socialization since that is often a concern for moms and dads who are considering whether or not to homeschool.
We have a nice long list of homeschool information and helpfulness if you want to keep reading!