We have been homeschooling for five years, going into our sixth year now. A few months ago I had this little whisper in the back the back of my mind that said, how about about putting the kids in public school for the 2020/2021 year? I quickly shut it down, we love our life homeschooling. I wanted to share with you what our reasons to homeschool are.
50 Reasons to Homeschool Your Kids
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Social Reasons to Homeschool
- less peer pressure
- homeschoolers become adept at interacting with a wide variety of age groups
- more opportunities to interact with the community
- children at home don’t need to suppress their personal identity to fit into the crowd
- learn in a less judgmental environment
- child can become independent thinkers
- children become empowered when their ideas are heard and validated
- increases bonding in a family
- parents are able to know their child
- parents create the perfect learning environment for their child
- families can relax – no planned vacations or appointments around a school schedule
- your kids can be kids longer – they keep that innocence about them longer
- you get to see the light bulb moments
Educational Reasons to Homeschool
- homeschoolers tend to get less tired because they can sleep more – they can learn more because they are more rested
- can learn anywhere
- skip subjects your kids find boring or unsatisfying – or find another way to learn the material
- they learn at their own pace
- you get to learn interesting things that you may not have had the opportunity to learn before
- younger sibling can learn by watching older siblings
- they are able to discuss and explore thoughts and ideas without fear of ridicule
- when they’re done with their work for the day, they’re done…no extra busy work or homework
- they learn life skills – cooking, caring for others, and all the things that go along with running a home.
- they can take frequent breaks if they need to.
- education for for mastery, not a grade
- creativity is nurtured and celebrated
- imagination is encouraged
- your child can learn in a way that fits them best
- real life experiences for learning opportunities – raising animals
- they can learn from documentaries instead of textbooks
- homeschoolers perform well academically
- there is no time line for your child to learn something. Some need a little more time, and then some graduate early
- the ability to choose to unschool
Unexpected Reasons to Homeschool
- kids are eating healthy – eating to keep up with their growing bodies
- school doesn’t have to be stuck inside on nice spring or fall days
- cuddling pets while learning – pets are great for reading to
- ability to visit museums and such places without large crowds
- children learn time management skills
- your kids won’t get every cold that goes through the classroom
- everyday can be pajama day!
- birthdays are holidays from school
- poetry/morning tea time – butter beer or hot chocolate during reading time
- no waste time during “school”
- video games can count as learning
- Lego totally counts as school – the skills these kids learn from putting Lego sets together.
- kids don’t have 15 minutes to finish their lunch – this always breaks my heart – which leads me to…
- kids learn to cook by making their lunch
- it doesn’t matter if they fidget
- it might not matter if they talk – depending on if they are driving a sibling nuts while they are trying to accomplish something
- you can world or road school which is traveling around the country or world while doing homeschool
- healthier – no having to wait until recess to use the bathroom! Or needing any other permission
Whatever your reason for thinking about homeschooling, I’m sure it’s great.