The Homeschooling Why and How Blog
- It’s fun.
- Children learn more, and so do parents.
- Parents get to enjoy being with their kids.
- It brings families closer together.
- Parents get the joy of seeing their children learn, of seeing “the lights go on”.
- Homeschooled children score higher on the ACT than schooled children.[i]
- Homeschooled children tend to have
- Homeschooled children tend to be more calm and peaceful.
- Homeschooled children can form friendships with a wider variety of people of all ages and from a much larger area than their school district.
- Homeschooled children are less subject to negative peer pressure[i].
- Families have more time to pursue their own interests.
- Children have more time to be kids, to play, and be happy.
- The curriculum can be tailored to children’s interests, needs, and skills.
- Lively children need not be treated with drugs, which have unwanted side effects,[i] but can instead find appropriate outlets for their exuberant energy levels.
- Bad influences can be minimized.
- Children get more hands-on experience.
- The family’s values can be taught and practiced.
- Children can progress at their own rate.
- Children’s questions and needs get more attention.
- Children are taught by people who know them intimately and who love them.
- Subjects can be studied in an order and at an appropriate age for each individual child.
- Children who are socialized primarily by their parents, rather than by other children, tend to exhibit more positive social characteristics.[i]
- Families can be in control of their time schedules.
- Children are less influenced by the latest fads or behaviors in a particular clique.
- Children can be more active, and thus more fit and happy.
- Children’s diets can be kept more nutritious.
- The family need not endure hectic morning rushes to school.
- Families’ evenings need not be dominated by homework and mandatory early bedtimes.
- Boring textbooks, boring workbooks, and boring assignments can be completely eliminated.
- There is more time for reading fascinating real-life stories.
- Learning opportunities can be seized upon when and where they occur.
- Children experience more of the real world outside the classroom walls.
- Families can take vacations and go to beaches, parks, museums, etc., while other children are in school.
- More learning can be done in less time.
- Children with special needs can get more attention.
- Children who are fast learners are not held back or occupied with busywork while the rest catch up.
- Children have more time to explore their own culture, religion, and race.
- Families are less subject to the political agendas of governments.
- Cooperation can be stressed rather than so much emphasis being placed on competition.
- Children can be motivated by their own interests and love of learning instead of by gold stars, grades, or threats.
- Children can avoid being ranked, judged, labeled, and categorized, leaving more options open to them.
- The family is likely to be stronger as a unit, which makes for a stronger community.[i]
- Parents know from direct
observationwhat and how well their children are learning.
- Inaccurate tests, and thus false pride and unwarranted humiliation, can be avoided.
- Children never
lose,or can rediscover, their love of learning.
- Learning can be done in more fun ways—field trips, board games, projects, and apprenticeships.
- Children have more time and opportunity to discover and pursue their interests and special talents.
- Children can be more gradually (if at all) exposed to the teasing, fighting, bigotry, aggressiveness, fierce competitiveness, danger, and other discipline problems prevalent in schools.
- Children can live real lives right now, rather than spending twelve or more years in a classroom.
- Children can have more basic freedoms, like being able to eat when hungry, use the toilet without having to ask permission, and go to sleep when tired.
- Children have more opportunity to tune in to their own inner truths so their consciences can be more fully developed.
- Children have more opportunity to learn responsibility because they have more opportunities to exercise responsibility.
- Teachers and tutors may be found who are compatible with children’s needs and personality.
- Children are less anxious at home and thus learn more easily.
- Homeschooled children aren’t as exposed to diseases or head lice.
- There’s more time for music, art, and science.
- Gifted children can be challenged.
- Late bloomers can be allowed to blossom in their own time.
- Sensitive children need not become intimidated or hardened.
- When children are hungry and in the middle of something, mom or dad can bring them a snack or they can make their own.
- When children are immersed in learning or doing something, they will not be interrupted by a bell every hour telling them they have to go somewhere else and study something else.
- Parents are with their children more, so they are more in the know about the latest fads and slang and can speak their language.
- Children are right there to keep parents on the cutting edge of technology.
- It’s okay to laugh and have fun during class.
- We don’t have to deal with school traffic or buses
- We don’t have to police our kids’ homework for school.
- We don’t have to go to parent-teacher conferences.
- We don’t have to participate in school fundraisers.
- We don’t have to make our kids go to bed or get up for school.
- We have more time to share our interests with our kids.
- We spend our days with the people we love most.
- We don’t have to spend money on uniforms or “cool” clothes.
- We have more time with our kids to teach them basic living skills.
- We can go to matinee movies with our kids during the week.
- We can take vacations whenever we want to.
 Ann Zeise, “S.A.T. and Other College Entrance Tests,” A to Z Home’s Cool, http://homeschooling.gomilpitas.com/olderkids/CollegeTests.htm.
 Kristi Monson and Arthur Schoenstadt, “Ritalin Side Effects,” eMedTV, http://adhd.emedtv.com/ritalin/ritalin-side-effects.html.
 “A Synopsis” was written to present the material from the book School Can Wait Raymond S., et al. School Can Wait. Provo, UT: BYU Press, 1979, 1982. pdated Kathie Kordenbrock, daughter of Dr. Moore.