Reasons Why We Homeschool
In my book, this was 64 Reasons Why We Homeschool, but one day I was driving to a friend’s house and got stuck in after-school traffic and realized that was another reason to homeschool. I then added a few more, mostly benefits to parents.
Here is the whole list (note: it was footnoted to link to the stats that support my claims but those didn’t format right here so check out the book, either in a library, or borrow the ebook on Amazon, or buy it on my site here to get the supporting research):
Sixty-four Reasons Why We Homeschool
1. It’s fun.
2. Children learn more, and so do parents.
3. Parents enjoy being with their children.
4. It brings families closer together.
5. Parents get to see their children learn, to see the “lights go on.”
6. Homeschooled children score higher on the ACT than schooled children.
7. Homeschooled children tend to have a higher self-concept.
8. Homeschooled children tend to be more calm and peaceful.
9. Homeschooled children can form friendships with a wider variety of people of all ages and from a much larger area than their school district.
10. Homeschooled children are less subject to negative peer pressure[iii].
11. Families have more time to pursue their own interests.
12. Children have more time to be kids, to play, and be happy.
13. The curriculum can be tailored to children’s interests, needs, and skills.
14. Lively children need not be treated with drugs, which have unwanted side effects,[iv] but can instead find appropriate outlets for their exuberant energy levels.
15. Bad influences can be minimized.
16. Children get more hands-on experience.
17. The family’s values can be taught.
18. Children can progress at their own rate.
19. Children’s questions and needs get more attention.
20. Children are taught by people who know them intimately and who love them.
21. Subjects can be studied in an order and at an appropriate age for each individual child.
22. Children who are socialized primarily by their parents, rather than by other children, tend to exhibit more positive social characteristics.[v]
23. Families can be in control of their time schedules.
24. Children are less influenced by the latest fads or behaviors in a particular clique.
25. Children can be more active, and thus more fit and happy.
26. Children’s diets can be kept more nutritious.
27. The family need not endure hectic morning rushes to school.
28. Families’ evenings need not be dominated by homework and mandatory early bedtimes.
29. Boring textbooks, boring workbooks, and boring assignments can be completely eliminated.
30. There is more time for reading fascinating real-life stories.
31. Learning opportunities can be seized upon when and where they occur.
32. Children experience more of the real world outside classroom walls.
33. Families can take vacations and go to beaches, parks, museums, etc., while other children are in school.
34. More learning can be done in less time.
35. Children with special needs can get more attention.
36. Children who are fast learners are not held back or occupied with busywork while the rest catch up.
37. Children have more time to explore their own culture, religion, and race.
38. Families are less subject to the political agendas of governments.
39. Cooperation can be stressed rather than so much emphasis being placed on competition.
40. Children can be motivated by their own interests and love of learning instead of by gold stars, grades, or threats.
41. Children can avoid being ranked, judged, labeled, and categorized, leaving more options open to them.
42. The family is likely to be stronger as a unit, which makes for a stronger community.[vi]
43. Parents know from direct observation what and how well their children are learning.
44. Inaccurate tests, and thus false pride and unwarranted humiliation, can be avoided.
45. Children never lose, or can rediscover, their love of learning.
46. Learning can be done in more fun ways—field trips, board games, projects, and apprenticeships.
47. Children have more time and opportunity to discover and pursue their interests and special talents.
48. 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.
49. Children can live real lives right now, rather than spending twelve or more years in a classroom.
50. 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.
51. Children have more opportunity to tune in to their own inner truths so their consciences can be more fully developed.
52. Children have more opportunity to learn responsibility because they have more opportunities to exercise responsibility.
53. Teachers and tutors may be found who are compatible with children’s needs and personality.
54. Children are less anxious at home and thus learn more easily.
55. Homeschooled children aren’t as exposed to diseases or head lice.
56. There’s more time for music, art, and science.
57. Gifted children can be challenged.
58. Late bloomers can be allowed to blossom in their own time.
59. Sensitive children need not become intimidated or hardened.
60. When children are hungry and in the middle of something, mom or dad can bring them a snack or they can make their own.
61. 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.
62. Parents are with their children more, so they are more in the know about the latest fads and slang and can speak their language.
63. Children are right there to keep parents on the cutting edge of technology.
64. It’s okay to laugh and have fun during class.
More Reasons Why We Homeschool – Benefits to Parents!
65. We don’t have to deal with school traffic or buses
66. We don’t have to police our kids’ homework for the school.
67. We don’t have to go to parent teacher conferences.
68. We don’t have to participate in school fund raisers.
69. We don’t have to make our kids go to bed or get up for school.
70. We have more time to share our interests with our kids.
71. We spend our days with the people we love most.
72. We don’t have to spend money on uniforms or “cool” clothes.
73. We can monitor our kids’ diets.
74. We have more time with our kids to teach them basic living skills.
75. We can go to matinee movies with our kids during the week.