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10 Reasons to Homeschool Your Child
Teaching your kids at home is rewarding
Homeschooling your children can be one of the most rewarding experiences you can do as a parent. It sure takes a lot of sacrifice but knowing that you can be in charge of what and how your child learns makes it worth while. We began homeschooling our oldest before she got out of middle school. Our youngest followed in her footsteps and has never been in the government education system. My oldest is now in college and is just as competitive in her studies as those who went though the standard education track.
People are quick to suggest that children that are homeschooled are not sociable. That they miss out in extra curricular activities. That they aren't allowed to participate in sports. You might be surprised at how rich a homeschooled child's experience is outside of the regimented system other students attend. There are a lot of homeschool co-op programs for parents to share teaching for the kids. Maybe parent A is an engineer and can teach math and science to a group of kids. It's how we teach our kids. In our co-op there is even a theater group where those that are interested can perform in a Spring and Fall play. I'd put the professionalism up against any public school's effort.
There are plenty of sporting activities for children to be a part of. Sure if you want to play football and maybe basketball and, baseball you are pretty much going to have to play within the school system to get the experience needed if the child is talented enough to advance to the next level. Though there are homeschool baseball leagues in the area we live in. Some have been recruited to play in college without any problem.
Here are ten reasons to homeschool your child.
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10 Reasons We Homeschool
- Your children are rested. They don't have to get up early to make the bus and they don't get home late after the bus drops them off. They are allowed to sleep in and get the rest they need. They get up and get their work done after a reasonable breakfast.
- Literally the world is their classroom. If we are doing a block of American history I can drive them to D.C. and let them see the Constitution. They can visit Mt. Vernon when studying Washington. They can experience the world instead of watching it from a PowerPoint presentation.
- Vacations are when you want them and not when the government tells you. We go to popular vacation spots like Disney World when the American students are in school.
- Your children learn your values and not from a teacher or some other kid. My oldest came home from Middle School and asked why girls were talking to her about oral sex. We were done with public schools. Other parents do not necessarily teach their children the values we want our kids to have.
- The parent gets to be in charge of the child's curriculum. I choose what books to teach from. Sometimes I choose to let other parents teach my kid. Another choice. Homeschool is all about choice.
- Time is not wasted. My kids can get their daily work done in about 4 to 5 hours. They would begin work around 9 and be done by 1. The rest of the day they were able to enjoy being a kid. Go to extracurricular activities. Play sports.
- Homeschool children can pray. They can study the bible. They can learn the Ten Commandments. No government intrusion.
- There is a huge amount of learning outside of the government mandated system. While schools are cutting back on art classes I encourage my daughter to take an online class in photography. No music in school? No problem for us. My children play guitar, bass, drums and keyboard. They go to rock camp.
- Instead of sending our kids to school in the middle of summer (first of August) like many of the government schools around here do we let our kids enjoy the summer of their parents youth. Homeschool is year-round though we are able to slow down in the summer.
- I like to think of homeschooling as getting a little taste of what it is like to go to college. When I went to the University no one spoon fed me a thing. You either get the material or you don't. You learned how to ask for help. Same with homeschooling.
You Might Be a Homeschooler If...
Blimey Cow is the creation of homeschooled kids. They have created one of the most popular video series on You Tube. This video is a tongue-in-cheek look at what being homeschooled is like. It is funny but there is a ton of truth to what he says. They also went to a local co-op that our kids attended.
Plenty of Resource Material
There is a massive amount of homeschool resources. Your friend will always be the Internet. There is no way I could possibly list all the fantastic resources available to a homeschool parent. You can download printable and lesson plans. You can take on-line courses. You can read reviews and buy necessary books. You can befriend other homeschool parents. The kids can do the same with other kids. There are DVDs for every subject imaginable. There are complete courses on You Tube.
Teaching and learning on the Web is increasingly simple.