“Why homeschool” is a question/comment I have heard frequently over the years. I remember asking it when I first heard the words “home school” and anytime the subject came up after that.
As responsible parents we all want to provide the very best education we can for our children to help them thrive.
In the USA we have the right and freedom to choose the method of education in the best care and interests of our kids! For some families, this may be 100% home education. For others, hybrid homeschool with one or more classes taken at a local public/private school or community college each year. And for others, all academic learning comes from public or private schools.
As loving and caring parents, we should support each other in our choices!
When I first began homeschooling my biggest supporter was one of my best friends who had chosen public school for her child! She could see the merits of why I was home educating my child, and her school district was a very positive experience for her family. We encouraged each other weekly.
Homeschool is growing globally.
Since the move of modern homeschooling in the 1980’s, it has proven successful for several decades by millions of Americans and even millions more families internationally!
There is documented evidence that educating our kids at home benefits our children, families, and society.
- Students get to learn with flexibility at their own pace – slower or quicker – so they learn and retain more.
- You can teach your child according to their learning style.
- You have a closer 1-on-1 teaching ratio with your students than classroom teachers.
- You can hone in on your kids’ curiosity and customize subjects that aren’t their natural bent to make it more appealing.
- You get to guide them in learning more about subjects that are of high interest so they can go deeper in their studies.
- Homeschoolers who participate in standardized tests tend to score high.
- Colleges, Universities, and trade schools eagerly accept homeschoolers.
Before the Covid-19 pandemic began, a national conference was scheduled…
A 7-week Harvard Homeschool Conference debate was held in 2021. HSLDA has done an excellent job summarizing the topics, facts, statistics, and why homeschooling should not be banned or controlled by the United States or any government. Here’s a link to HSLDA’s articles.
There is a lot of support available for homeschooling today, so you don’t have to do it alone!
Here are just a few recommendations with links:
- The Old Schoolhouse is the leading homeschooling magazine and website that offers support, encouragement, tips, curriculum, blog articles, and more.
- HSLDA – Homeschool Legal Defense Association is a nonprofit advocacy organization with blog articles about getting started, legal rights by states, global interaction, and expert legal advice, guidance, and help.
- Cathy Duffy Reviews – is the premier site for curriculum reviews with articles on education approaches, testing & special needs, and more.
- Mardel Christian and Education – sells carefully selected religious and secular homeschool curriculum and supplemental learning resources plus offers blog articles and #HomeschoolLife videos on the website and YouTube.
Freedom and Flexibility!
When you homeschool, you get to choose the best time of day to start so your kids get adequate sleep, especially your teenagers. You can start earlier on a field trip day, or later if the event was held the previous evening. You can follow your local school schedule or homeschool year-round.
You get to choose what to educate your students with and how, to best fit your family’s lifestyle. You can homeschool while you travel as missionaries, in the military moving often, or while caring for a loved one in their home.
You can take family vacations during the off season when it isn’t so crowded. You have time available without school interfering for appointments, volunteer work, hobbies, social and group activities, and more.
There are so many positive reasons to homeschool!
It takes planning, work, and dedication. But you reap the rewards of customizing your child’s education, being there in person for those exciting “Aha!” light bulb moments when your child understands something they didn’t know before, and spending the days with your children.
As a homeschool Mom, I highly recommend it!
I hope this article helps you in your choice for your child’s education!
Please share your inspiring home education experiences below!
Enjoy your #HomeschoolLife!