When my two girls started preschool, I decided I wanted to give homeschooling a try. I wanted them to succeed in their academics while also raising them to be followers of Christ. My two oldest boys had gone through the public school system and I learned so much that I didn’t want that for them. So, I gave homeschooling a try and absolutely loved it! What are the benefits of homeschooling, you ask? There are so many benefits, but these are the ones that I want to share with you if you are on the fence about whether to send your kids to school or teach them at home.
I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.- Psalm 32:8
1. Tailored education
I can homeschool my children to the way that best suits their learning style. Children all learn different and a curriculum that works for one may or may not work for the other. I can choose what I want my children to learn and go more in depth with their interests. There are so many curriculums to choose from. We use a christian based curriculum so we can tie in God with everything we learn.
I can also make sure that we achieve learning on one topic before moving on to the next. What I learned with public schools, is that if your child does not pick up on something in a timely manner, the class will continue to move forward leaving your child behind, which then causes failure in the next grades to follow, especially with math. My child gets one on one help from me, that is hard for a public school teacher to do for all the students.
2. Family time
I hear so often, “I don’t see how you can stand having your kids home all the time” or “I need my alone time!”. For me, it is not like that. Yes, there is stress at times, but I wouldn’t trade having this time with them for anything. One thing that I love, is that I get more time with my kids. I know in a blink that my children will be grown and will be out on their own. I love having them home with me, we get more time as a family, we learn and have fun together. It develops a closer bond between the kids and parents.
3. Freedom and flexibility
Homeschooling allows for more freedom and flexibility in the family. It allows you to homeschool whenever you please. You can have school in the morning, evening and weekends. You can even homeschool year around and take time off throughout the year. This helps keep the kids from forgetting what they learned and helps from having burnout mid-year.
It also allows the family to vacation anytime they please. I know for us, we don’t like going on vacation during spring break, so we can go a different week. It also makes it easy when planning doctor’s appointments. You can do however you see fit, because you control the schedule, not the school.
4. Morals and Values
Children should be taught their morals and values at home. With homeschooling, I can lead them to follow Christ and set an example of how they should be. I can teach my kids how to handle conflict, how to love one another, show kindness, stand up for the little guy, how to be polite, how to help those in need and lead others to God. I can make sure they are learning this from me and not someone else.
One of the biggest arguments that people give me, is that they feel homeschool kids lack socialization. Well, let me tell you, my kids get all kinds of socialization. They are part of a homeschool community, they have their friends at church, ballet, musical theatre, and so many friends in the neighborhood. They are always playing and making new friends.
So many times, kids are bullied, left out or even made fun of at public schools. If that is what socialization is about, then I don’t want my kids part of it.
6. Less sickness
So many germs are spread at public schools because parents take their kids to school sick. Homeschool kids tend to not be sick as often because they are not couped up in a room for 8 hours a day with other kids.
Also, with the girls being at home, I can make sure they eat a balanced diet of healthy foods and not junk in the public school cafeteria.
7. More play time
Kids go to school for 8 hours and then come home to more homework. Something about that just doesn’t make sense. I can cover the same amount of schooling in just a few hours a day and then the kids can go about playing like they should be doing. And we have NO homework!
I love homeschooling my kids and it is definitely not for everyone. I just know that I can lead them in the right direction with Christ as our focus all the way. I love watching them learn and I am learning all over again. I don’t want someone else teaching my kids the way of life. I feel that should come from me. They are only with us a short while and I want to spend as much time as I can with them. If you are on the fence about homeschooling, give it a try and see for yourself how God will lead you every step of the way.
And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. Deuteronomy 6: 6-7