What are the advantages to homeschooling?
Wow - where should we start? Here are some of the best advantages to homeschooling:
- Homeschooling allows (in fact, requires) family members to spend far more time together than would be possible if the children were sent to an institutionalized school setting. This helps build communication skills, strengthens family ties, and promotes healthy relationships. Homeschooling permits parents to pass on their values and beliefs to their children. It's difficult to fulfill Deuteronomy 6:7 when your children are gone for the greater portion of the day.
- Homeschooling helps children become lifelong learners. By the very nature of homeschooling, homeschooled students tend to develop strong self-teaching skills. This promotes a mindset of learning; in fact, some homeschooled students simply seem to learn useful things wherever they go or whatever they do. Being a self-teacher is a vital, lifelong skill that goes hand-in-hand with homeschooling.
- Homeschooling can be tailored to each child's learning styles. Parents know their own children better than anyone else. Have you ever seen someone else attempt to explain something to a child who is not their own, and seen the child grow more and more confused the longer it goes on? Usually, the child's mother can see what the hangup is in the child's mind, and rephrase what the instructor is saying in such a way that the child “gets it.” Although every child should eventually be able to learn through various teaching methods, homeschooling provides the framework for each child to learn with maximum productivity during his formative years.
- Homeschooling is flexible. If there's a lunar eclipse, you can keep your kids up to watch it, and sleep in the next morning. You can take time to go shovel Grandma's driveway when it snows, even if you haven't finished math class yet. You can take time to train the puppy, see a rainbow, or go to the park. In short, you have the flexibility you need to take advantage of those fleeting opportunities that come along in life - or to put it another way, homeschooling allows you to “stop and smell the roses!”
- Homeschooling allows you to teach at the best pace for your child. Institutionalized schools are full of children who learn some things fast and other things slow. Suppose one-third of a public-school class will learn long division in just the right amount of time. That's great - for them. But the other students will either learn quickly and be held back from moving on, or will learn a little slower and be forced to move on before they're ready. Homeschooling allows your children to learn at the pace that's right for them, resulting in a better learning experience and far better retention.
- Homeschooling typically results in far higher grades (often 30+ percentile points) in standardized achievement tests. This is in spite of the fact that homeschool parents do not have the luxury of “teaching for the test.”
There are more advantages to homeschooling, but these are some of the best ones we could think of. We hope to add more to this list periodically. In the meantime, please contact us if you have thoughts or ideas that could be added here!