With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we thought now would be a great time to put together a big list of homeschool blessings! We hope these will be an encouragement to you and a fresh reminder of why you’re teaching your children at home in the first place. Enjoy!

  1. Our children can learn from a distinctively Christian worldview
  2. We can put God first throughout the day
  3. We have the flexibility to drop the routine to take a spur-of-the-moment field trip, help a neighbor, or have an important heart-to-heart conversation
  4. Real life can be part of our curriculum, and the whole world can be our classroom!
  5. Mom gets to learn all the things she missed during her first trip through school!
  6. Our kids don’t have to ride the bus every morning—the commute is so much easier!
  7. There’s less pressure to “keep up with the Joneses” since our kids aren’t with the Joneses kids all day
  8. We can teach according to how our children learn best
  9. The school bully doesn’t steal your child’s lunch money
  10. Whether they’re excelling or struggling in a certain subject, our children can learn at their own pace
  11. Our children aren’t forced to learn subjects from perspectives contrary to our faith and our values
  12. We can take our family vacation in October if we want to. Say hello to better prices and smaller crowds!
  13. Family relationships are strengthened as we spend more time together—siblings can actually be best friends!
  14. A school doesn’t get to dictate our daily schedule
  15. No cafeteria lunches!
  16. Our children can learn how to think instead of just what to think
  17. We can put our children’s hearts ahead of their heads when we need to
  18. More efficient: we don’t have to waste hours on crowd control and walking from one class to another
  19. We don’t have to be consumed by endless testing
  20. Our children can spend extra time on their interests and developing their unique talents
  21. One size doesn’t have to fit all (because it doesn’t anyway)
  22. You get to decide the best way to include technology in your child’s studies
  23. Your older students can tutor their younger siblings—a double blessing!
  24. Your kids get to avoid the class flu epidemic
  25. A trip to the grocery store can become a field trip
  26. You can have an all-day reading marathon!
  27. Teacher-principal love affairs are not discouraged, but rather ENCOURAGED!
  28. You are assured of getting “the good teacher” every year.
  29. Any time is snack time.
  30. School uniforms are optional.
  31. The school supply list is simple: all the supplies that are on sale!
  32. If you can’t find your shoes, you can still be on time for class.
  33. Praying over a test is regular habit.
  34. Reading Home School Enrichment is a continuing education credit.
  35. The school staff is intimately aware of each student’s health and physical needs
  36. The family culture (beliefs, background, ministry, ethnicity) is strengthened through every subject.
  37. Being able to spend lots of time with my awesome kids!
  38. Parent teacher conferences can be held any time of the day or night…sometimes all day and all night!
  39. Including our children in every aspect of our home business.
  40. You can go ahead in your schedule and get finished in four days instead of five.
  41. Completely turned Mom’s world and worldview upside down (in a good way).
  42. Learning to have a family-centric rather than an individualistic lifestyle within our family
  43. Watching my children discover the unique people God created them to be at a young age
  44. Being close friends with my teenagers who are AMAZING people with deep thoughts and unique opinions about life and God that go far beyond our family
  45. Snow is not a reason to cancel school, but a shorter school day is always a possibility—no matter the weather.
  46. Learning not to care about fitting in with the crowd
  47. No homework so there’s time for other things in the evening
  48. Finding unique opportunities opening up for my children like performing music, composing music, writing books, and making a TV show that more than compensate for any opportunities missed by not being in an institutional school
  49. Hearing my -year old son say he enjoys a challenge even when success is not guaranteed
  50. Making Scripture memory a part of our school and the joy of hearing my children quote long passages.
  51. Being creative about what counts for “school” time.
  52. You can have a “Do School in Pajama Day” and the teacher can be included.
  53. Combining grades for specific courses is a possibility, no matter what the age.
  54. Creating a special course entitled:  “Growth of a Child Within” while a mother is pregnant.
  55. Organizing field trips that correspond to the topic of study.
  56. A child can log in school days even before the school year begins by including what he did over the summer.
  57. Summer Reading courses at the library count for school credit when the academic year begins.
  58. Summer swim lessons can count for PE during the school year.
  59. A child can memorize the multiplication tables while jumping on a trampoline.
  60. A broken arm can be the incentive to study the bones of the body.
  61. While in high school, a teenager can get dual credit when taking a college course.
  62. A child can recite memorized information to mom even when she is driving, thus getting in the needed accumulated time required for the school day.
  63. Pass/fail is an accepted form of grading as compared to letter grades.
  64. Year round schooling is a possibility for those who want shorter school days/weeks
  65. Vacation can count as school days if it is “educational.”
  66. Reading great books from my childhood aloud to my children and discovering new ones together.
  67. Baking, cooking, sewing, knitting, and doing housework can be counted as “Home Economics.”
  68. On the other hand, you can call a snow day when the public schools don’t and have the best sledding hill in town all to yourselves!
  69. Educational movies can count as “time” in school.
  70. Little House on the Prairie shows can be considered “history.”
  71. CLEP (College Level Examination Program) courses can be done at home as a high school course, and when you pass, it can count as college credit.
  72. Your child asking if she can please write some more descriptive paragraphs after school is completed for the day.
  73. Home repair projects can be incorporated into school.
  74. I have a larger than “average” American family because homeschoolers taught me children are a blessing to be embraced.
  75. My older kids got to experience their youngest sibling’s babyhood.  They would have missed all her milestones if they had been gone all day at school.
  76. Children get to watch parents live out life, including watching them run to the Lord for wisdom and admitting and asking forgiveness when they need to.
  77. Children have time to pursue their interests and learn skills they wouldn’t have time for in a classroom setting.
  78. You can go to activities during school hours before they get crowded.
  79. You have the opportunity to spend extra time with folks older than you, thereby learning from their wisdom.
  80. Adult children that tell you they are so thankful they were educated at home.
  81. Hearing your children ask to “do school” today.
  82. Hearing the school bus drive by—and rolling over to sleep for an extra  minutes.
  83. Having your own high school graduation ceremony with family and friends.
  84. Homeschool activities that introduce my children to their future spouse.
  85. Park days!!!
  86. Wonderful co-op classes taught by other moms who love science experiments and labs.
  87. Seeing your children become self-learners.
  88. Hearing your totally homeschooled, college freshman son say to you, “Mom, it was hard to sit through the whole class, when I knew I could just go home and learn it myself.”
  89. When your totally homeschooled daughter gets married and has children of her own and says to you, “I want to homeschool my own children, too.”
  90. When your homeschooled grandchildren say to their mother, “I want to go visit grandmom. She knows how to homeschool, too.”
  91. You can frequent a museum with a membership and get behind-the-scenes information if you’re there when it’s not crowded.
  92. The game of chess can be included in a Logic course.
  93. No expensive back to school wardrobes.
  94. Enjoying attending a Homeschool Curriculum Fair even when you are finished homeschooling.
  95. When you come to the end of your homeschool journey, and realize how quickly the time passed, and remember the times that you wanted to quit but didn’t, the sense of accomplishment is second to none.
  96. When an older co-worker of one of your adult children admires their work and then asks, “Where did you go to school?”
  97. When you ask your son, who just graduated from Law School, “What is a blessing of homeschooling, and he immediately replies, “Independent Work Ethic.”
  98. We can take a constructive approach to socialization (whatever that might mean for our unique children).
  99. We can follow common sense—even if it’s not aligned with Common Core!
  100. We can point our children toward Jesus any time of day.
  101. Homeschooling isn’t free, easy, or convenient, but the rewards can be eternal!
This article was published in the November/December 2016 issue of Home School Enrichment Magazine.

Compiled with contributions from Anne Campbell, Lea Ann Garfias, Jamie Gross, Jenny Herman, Jonathan Lewis, Katherine Loop, Cindy Puhek, Maribeth Spangenberg, and Kimberly Williams