The Benefits Of Homeschooling

Homeschooling can benefit you and your family in many ways. I’ve put together a list of the top 14 benefits that you and your children will experience as you start your homeschool journey:

  1. Freedom
  2. Creativity
  3. Higher Achievement
  4. Individualized Instruction
  5. Community Support
  6. Less Distractions
  7. Control
  8. Correct Pacing
  9. Educational Options
  10. Parent-Child Bonding
  11. Real World Learning
  12. Safer Learning Environment
  13. Homeschool Is Never Closed
  14. Imparting Your Worldview

Let’s take a look at each one more closely.

Homeschooling = Freedom

One of the exciting aspects of homeschooling is the freedom it provides you and your family.

You get to choose how to structure the lessons, when to start and end the school day, even where your “classroom” will be today.

There’s no need to schedule a family vacation during school holidays (like everyone else has to) – you set the schedule. The freedom you get from homeschooling actually makes planning the family life easier.

Creativity

This is a huge benefit of homeschooling; being creative about how you approach the teaching and learning experience.

For example, that science lesson you need to cover doesn’t need to take place at the kitchen table. If your child is learning about the difference between deciduous and coniferous trees, why not take a “field trip” to the local park or trail to let them SEE the difference.

Injecting creativity into a traditional classroom can be challenging – not so with homeschooling. And the more creative you can be, the faster they’ll learn and retain the information.

Higher Achievement

Some parents thinking about homeschooling worry that their children will fall behind because they aren’t a “real” teacher.

The fact is – homeschool students score 15-30 percentile points higher on standardized tests than public school students. And compared to public school students, who graduate at a rate of 57.5%, homeschoolers do so at a rate of 67%, almost 10 percentage points higher according to the NHERI.

Experiential Learning

Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn

~Benjamin Franklin

Homeschooling provides an opportunity for you and your children to learn through experiences.

Looking through your State’s learning standards, it may seem that what you have to cover is going to be boring for you AND your child.

If you adopt the “experience” model, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Your third grader is learning about volume and weight – time to jump in the kitchen and make some pizza dough.

Your middle schooler is learning about velocity, speed, and distance – take them sledding, run some experiments, record the data.

Homeschooling provides an opportunity to “involve them” in their learning, which leads to better understanding.

Individualized Instruction

Homeschooling gives you the ability to individualize the instruction you’re providing your children.

In a typical classroom, the lessons are more difficult to individualize because there are so many students. You know your children better than anyone. You know what gets them excited, what they excel at, and even what they struggle with.

When you homeschool, you can take this knowledge and create lessons specific for them. This makes it easier for them to learn as well as to retain.

Community Support

The great thing about homeschooling – you are not alone. There are over 3+ million other children being homeschooled in the United States alone.

This means the homeschool community is large – and quite helpful. Whether it’s local homeschool groups, co-ops, or the vast number of online communities – there’s ample support for you and your family as you start your homeschool journey.

Less Distractions

A typical classroom has between 20 – 25 students. That’s 20-25 opportunities to be distracted during the school day.

When homeschooling, there are far less distractions (although, there are still some to watch out for). It’s much easier to get several children to refocus than it is an entire classroom (take it from me).

Less distractions means faster, more meaningful learning.

Control

Control is a big advantage with homeschooling. You control what they learn, when they learn it, and how you approach teaching it to them.

This ties back to individualized instruction; if you notice your child is struggling with a lesson or topic, you can control the pacing of the lesson and how often you revisit it to make sure they’ve got it.

This ties into our next benefit…

Correct Pacing

Pacing is the speed at which you deliver the information through mini-lessons, interactive activities, and even field trips.

If your child is a wiz at math and the lessons you’re teaching are too easy for him, you can breeze through it and move on to something more challenging.

On the other hand, if he struggles with writing, you’re the one that can slow down the pace and take more time in this area.

Pacing can be challenging in a traditional classroom – homeschooling lends itself perfectly to finding the correct pace.

 Educational Options

The beauty of homeschooling is the number of options you have to get started.

You may decide to approach homeschooling the traditional way – teaching all the subjects yourself. Another option is what I call the “Hybrid” model – teach some subjects, and use online learning or a homeschool co-op for the rest.

Some parents of middle and high school students feel they lack the knowledge to teach many of the advanced subjects. This is where the full online option would work.

Whichever path you start on, know that there is an option that will work best for your specific situation.

Parent-Child Bonding

Homeschooling can be a bonding experience for you and your children. When a child goes to school, your interaction time with them is limited.

Getting them up early so they don’t miss the bus, homework when they get home – maybe you get an hour or two each evening (if the TV isn’t on).

Homeschooling gives you and your kids some breathing room – no rush in the morning, spending quality (and productive) time with them during the day – maybe even a game night after dinner.

Whether they tell you this or not – you are their hero. Getting more time with them only strengthens that bond.

Learning in the Real World

When you homeschool your children, there is no real “classroom” – you can teach them anywhere.

It gives you the opportunity to think outside the box, and bring their learning into the real world.

Whether it’s a math mini-lesson at the grocery store, or a biology mini-lesson at the beach – homeschooling gives them the ability to apply their learning in everyday life.

A subject that they might not be excited about can become an adventure when you bring that learning away from the kitchen table and out into the world. The possibilities are really endless.

Safer Learning Environment

When children learn at home, you are able to create a safer learning environment for them than any public or private school.

This allows you to shield them from things like physical violence, drugs and alcohol, psychological abuse, and what many parents view today as an unhealthy focus on sexuality and gender ideology pushed on today’s students.

Homeschool Is Never Closed

In the aftermath of the pandemic, where schools were closed indefinitely and school districts rushed to implement a poor online learning environment – homeschool parents don’t have to worry about any of this.

During times like this, homeschooled students never skip a beat. Their education is not disrupted and they are receiving a superior education.

Imparting Your Worldview

This benefit ties back to you being in control of what and how your children learn. Homeschooling your children allows you to teach your values, beliefs, and worldview to them in a nurturing, healthy environment.

Unlike parents who are forced to fight to get their views heard at increasingly hostile school board meetings, you are in control of the content your children are taught.

Let’s Recap

I hope this article showed you all the benefits you and your family will experience when you start your homeschool journey.

Remember, you know your child better than any classroom teacher ever could. You know enough to get started – your kids will thank you for it.

Take a breath….and dive in. You’re going to do great!