Benefits of Homeschooling Your Children

As this school year winds down some parents may be wondering about the benefits of homeschooling.  Perhaps you have been thinking about homeschooling for awhile and the idea has started to grow on you.or maybe the school system you are using seems to be going downhill.  In any case, you have started to think more seriously about bringing your child home but it seems like an overwhelming step right now.  Are the benefits worth the time and emotional investment involved?

Most homeschoolers believe that they are.  Certainly the positive aspects of homeschooling will vary from place to place, family to family, and even year to year but over all the benefits far outweigh the investment for most people.

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Academic Benefits

It is hard to argue the academic benefits.  Most public school systems are overcrowded.  The teachers are overworked and underpaid.  Classrooms are overcrowded with many undisciplined students.  The threat of violence looms and negative peer pressure increases year by year.

Contrast the conventional school system’s teacher to student ratio of 35:1 to the homeschool ratio of 1:1, 2:1, or even 6:1 for big families.  With this kind of student –teacher ratio your child is more likely to get the help he needs.  If he is having a difficult time understanding a concept you will be immediately aware of it.  After all, does anyone know your child better than you do?

A child’s individual learning style, his unique vision and voice become part of the process of living. Many times disabilities like dyslexia, ADHD, ADD and others improve remarkably in a homeschool environment.

Since the school day is usually much less than the conventional school day, your child can spend time doing what he loves to do, pursuing his interests, or honing his skills.   This leads to less stress in the home environment as well as less stress in the child.  They have the ability to concentrate on excellence in a particular area, and really run with it and that builds confidence.  No subject is necessarily better than another so a child who is a gifted cook can feel as proud of his accomplishments as the one who is great at math.

Relationships

Homeschooled children are often more comfortable in a group that consists of a wide variety of people than are conventionally schooled children. This is because the homeschooled child spends his days moving in a variety of situations and dealing with a variety of events. Frankly, he learns to converse intelligently on many levels rather than learning the common language of his peers.

Another benefit to homeschooling is that children within a family have closer relationships. There is generally less fighting and more camaraderie than in siblings that attend school. Since brothers and sisters are the primary playmates deep relationships are formed and nurtured.

When the parent is also the teacher the child is not conflicted about his role models. The combination of time spent together, working through problems, and a copious amount of communication keeps the relationship fresh and real. The child is more secure and the parents are aware of the inner needs and struggles of their child.

Real Socialization

A common criticism of homeschooling is the lack, or perceived lack, of socialization.  It is a common joke among the parents of homeschooled teens that they could do with a little less socialization!

In a class of 35 twelve year olds each child will be at a similar level of development and maturity.  Each child will be dealing with similar hormonal issues, rebellion issues, and as they look to the others in their peer group they find that their behavior is normal and acceptable because everyone is in the same stage.  Shy children, children with disabilities, and others may be singled out for bullying and teasing.  There is no reason to act differently, all are acting the same. A conventionally schooled child often has difficulty communicating and expressing him in a variety of situations.  He just does best when communicating with his own age group.

A homeschooled child readily communicates with people in many different walks of life and ages.  He learns to adjust to the group he is speaking with.  Because of this he often comes across as thoughtful and mature.

More Benefits of Homeschooling Your Child

There are hundreds, if not thousands of benefits of homeschooling.

  • You can pass your moral and spiritual beliefs on to your child without any other input
  • Less family stress
  • Fewer germs mean the family is healthier
  • Safe learning environment.
  • Parents can control what the child learns as well as when he learns it.
  • Homeschooled children tend to be confident


Good Days and Bad Days

There will always be days when your homeschooling experience makes you want to cry.  Homeschoolers, like everyone else, have great days and not so great days.  What you have to consider are the overall benefits of homeschooling for your family over a period of time.


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Amber Colleen 5 years ago

Yay! I am so glad to find hubs on here talking about what a positive experience homeschooling is! I'm a homeschool graduate and I loved every minute of it (except maybe Chemistry, I wasn't too thrilled about Chemistry). Thank you for this hub! It's very good! :)


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Joy At Home 7 years ago from United States

Marye, thank you for this brief, but reasonable and accurate overview of why homeschooling is the answer for many families.

Even though I was homeschooled K-12 (partly by choice), I have appreciated some of your other hubs dealing with this topic, and have picked up ideas and inspiration. My own children and I have begun the journey (one is 2, the other 6 years old), and we wouldn't have it any other way. It becomes a lifestyle more so than a job or an "option", and helps us keep confidence in what would otherwise seem a much crazier world.

I believe homeschooling is not so much a trend as it is a widespread social change, and I have been curious to see how many of my homeschooled peers will take advantage of its being more accepted than in our own time, and continue the journey with their own children.

Keep up the good work, and may your family be blessed.


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Marye Audet 7 years ago from Lancaster, Texas Author

Actually Julaha teachers in the school system are also unable to keep up with all the knowledge. There is no wy a child can take in everything. Homeschooling allows them to find their niche early and pursue it. As far as being bigoted? I don;t think they will be any better in school. The pick up the ideas of whoever they are around.


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Julaha 7 years ago from India

"Fewer germs -- healthier children." I can agree with that. Till recently we were a two engine family with me and my wife holding jobs. The daughters were put in a day care centre from where we would bring them back as we returned from work. Fortunately, our workplace was near at hand. But the children were always ill with cough and cold and other seasonal ailments, which they picked up from other children in the creche facility. Then we decided that one of us will have to remain at home, and I opted for it, and took to full-time blogging, freelance Hindi translation and now hubbing. One of the positive fall-out of the decision was healthier children and fewer seasonal illnesses among them.

Although the idea of home-schooling is attractive, it will require a lot of commitment from the parents. Also, in these days of exploding knowledge, parents can't be experts in every subject area, nor can the few tutors that they can afford to employ. So home-taught children will be exposed to a narrow swathe of knowledge. They can even get bigoted and intolerent if the parents are of that bent of mind, which can be a dangerous trend in these troubled times.


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Marye Audet 7 years ago from Lancaster, Texas Author

Eovery- I am not afraid of the school system. As far as social skills?That depends on what they are taught and the experiences given. We have homeschooled since 1989, with three of our children graduating so far. Our 27 year old daughter is married, three children and a strong relationship with her husband of 8 years. Our 24 year old son is a Crew Chief on F-16s, currently in the middle east. He seems to be handling social situations, as well as high stress, well. Our 16 year old is in his Freshman year at the local college. His social skills seem intact. Our remaining 5 children are still in school at home...


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eovery 7 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

Great Hub,

We have thought of home schooling our children, but do not. With all of the garbaget that is being taught and the peer pressure, I know of several parents who decided on homeschooling.

My children have all been at the top of the class, and we have a very strong religous background, so we have not been afraid of the school system.

I am afraid, from what I do see from the home-schooled children, they do not develop some of the social skills that is needed to be able to hand the pressure of many of jobs out there.

I do like the idea that home schooling, my children would have excelled faster, and possible would have some years of college under their belts by the time they are 18.

Thanks,

Keep on Hubbing!


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Home 'n Biz Blend 7 years ago from Yarrawonga Park

We've done it. And are doing it.  One an orthoptist, one a doctor, one a nurse, Mr. 10 might be - who knows?  He's recently done his first DVD - http://www.myheartcansing.com  - had wonderful opportunities to let life's experiences educate him.  Wouldn't do it any other way.

Why give someone else the fun of seeing them "get it." Don't have to be a teacher to do it. Just loving parents who love learning and sharing.  Thanks for your article.


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willpower123 7 years ago

worthful information

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