Homeschooling advantages might not be apparent to someone who doesn’t do it. However, whatever the reason a parent has to homeschool their child, sooner or later they will notice the many positive aspects it offers.
Here is a brief summary of the fundamental homeschooling advantages.
1. Educational Freedom
Homeschooled children have the opportunity to learn what they want, when they want, for as long as they want. This allows them to pursue passions which positively affect and direct their lives for years to come. They don’t get bored learning about subjects they are not interested in or may never use. The idea of learning remains something exciting that nourishes their existence rather than being a burden. In turn, their minds are open to persist and dive deeply into whatever interests them well into adulthood.
2. Physical Freedom
Not being stuck to the program and timetable of a large, inflexible institution frees time to go where you want, when you want. Instead of restricting children’s learning environment to the classroom or school playground, they are free to interact with many different kinds of people and places. This enriches their development as they experience and learn to manage living in the “real world” from a young age.
3. Emotional Freedom
A homeschooled child can live largely free from peer pressure, bullies and cliques. It’s not avoiding reality – just the concrete-jungle-like environment of the school playground. They spend more time with their parent/s and other adults who serve as more suitable role models, experiencing increased time and space to mature. In this way, when they spend time with children their own age it is just another interaction with someone they see as their equal. They develop the social skills to genuinely engage with people they like as well as to recognize and feel comfortable with the fact that not everyone is their cup of tea.
4. Closer Family Relationships
The nucleus of a healthy, loving family thrives with homeschooling. Each member learns to profusely trust and rely on the others. Children not only spend more time with each other, they grow together emotionally, physically and academically. Homeschooled children are more likely to see family as a true team and not as an “Us versus Them” situation, the way many children often view their parents.
5. Well-Rested Kids
If children don’t have to wake up ritually to fit the school timetable, when they do wake up, their hearts and minds are more open. They don’t have the draining mental pressure of learning in front of others or of limited time to complete an activity; they are free to spend as much or as little time on a chosen activity as they like. This means they fully expend energy at appropriate times and are ready to go to bed at a reasonable time.
6. Being With Your Kids 24/7.
A big reason for homeschooling is to spend extended time with your children and witness first-hand more of their development. Rather than attending an end-of-year portfolio of what your child has done at school or reading a report card, seeing their day-to-day activities and how they choose to spend their time and energy are your reward. The minimum six hours per day they would have spent at school soon accumulates: At least thirty extra hours per week, 1,200 extra hours per year; almost 15,000 extra hours over the course of their academic career.
That was an excerpt from Chapter 1 of my book, Home Time.
What About Homeschooling Advantage No. 7?
Well, homeschooling encourages kids to take a leap of faith, to become risk-takers and put themselves out there.
On that note, if you’re looking for more time and space with your homeschooling experience, I’d like to share my homeschooling course, which focuses on the idea that less is more.