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10 Reasons to Homeschool Your Child

Updated on October 23, 2012

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Homeschool children can pray. They can study the bible. They can learn the Ten Commandments. No government intrusion.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

What are your thoughts on homeschooling?

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      kelli320 4 years ago

      @Melissa Miotke: It seems really daunting when you first begin, but you don't have to do it all on your own. We first started when my oldest was in 7th grade and public school was making her beyond miserable. Several people in my neighborhood home school and we found a co-op to attend with about 60 other families. We all teach a class that we're good at. I feel comfortable with the 4-5th grade kids, so that's where I teach. There is no way I'd take it on and do right by a high schooler, when I know I don't feel comfortable with math and doing science experiments, etc. But our science teacher is also a science professor at a local college and the writing teacher has been the most fantastic teacher. My daughter graduated last year, got a great score on the ACT and will begin college this fall. In addition she is writing for an Australian website and making extra money, because of the guidance of her teacher. I have a 5th grader and enjoy seeing her grow and learn and I know she won't be teased and subjected to all of the negative aspects of public school. It's not for everyone, but it surely is one of the most rewarding things Ive ever done. And I know my kids will be the better for it.

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      kelli320 4 years ago

      It's one of the best gifts you can give to your children. It's an investment and it takes dedication and it's definitely for the faint of heart, but it's incredibly rewarding. I can't imagine not being with my daughter as the light comes on and she "gets" a concept and is so proud of herself.

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      Jeanette 4 years ago from Australia

      I homeschooled both our children and LOVED it. They both recommend it too :-)

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Very good lens. Ten reasons to homeschool your child all good advice. Thanks for sharing. Blessed.

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      siskiyoucowgirl 5 years ago

      I'm currently being homeschooled and I love it! Homeschooling may not be for everyone but it's definitely for me and I encourage every parent and child to at least look into it. Great lens!

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      Michelle 5 years ago from Central Ohio, USA

      I wish I had homeschooled my son. He's a senior now. When he started, the movement wasn't really started yet. Now, he's bored in school but he's met 95% of the requirements so the couple of classes he has to take this year are a formality. Oh well...

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      WritingForChange 5 years ago

      I homeschool and love it. I agree with these top ten reasons and could add many more. Great lens.

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      My Dad has been trying to convince me to homeschool my children. I see the benefits but I don't think I will. Honestly I don't think I'd be a very good teacher and I liked my childhood experience going to school.

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      IMKZRNU2 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      @flycatcherrr: Yes a co-op does sound similar to a small private school but the major difference is the funding of which there is none. I get no tax breaks because I choose to homeschool where as I would if they went to a "private school". Also teachers get tax breaks for having to buy things for their students but as a parent that homeschools I am not able to take any of those credits either. My kids education is paid for 100% by me and that is a sacrifice I have chosen to make. =)

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      IMKZRNU2 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Homeschooling is a very personal decision for each family. I have homeschooled my kids since babies (yes, babies because I taught them to walk and talk). We did participate in a co-op and my daughter (my oldest) began to attend college at age 16 through our state's "running start" program. That way she was able to get her AA degree by the time she graduated high school and also saved a ton of money! My son has dyslexia and homeschooling has been the best option for him to succeed and not feel "left out". My state (WA) has things in place to help parents be successful at homeschooling even if you aren't that educated, like a parent course you have to pass. Washington State adopted a home-based instruction law on May 21,1985 that covers all you need to know to homeschool (and has made the homeschoolers and also the school districts happy)....having moved to WA from CA I have to say that I really appreciated it! More states should follow suit. A great place for some information on homeschooling and to see the Washington law is at the Washington Homeschool Organization website (just add a .org). It is not a biased site either and is for Christians and non-Christians alike....since not all homeschoolers are Christians (surprisingly)!

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Nice presentation. Very persuasive. The co-op sound like an excellent addition to what I've generally seen of homeschooling. Thanks for sharing. An Angel blessing on this lens! ;-)

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      Homeschooling has a lot to recommend it where the teaching parent is a capable teacher, where this choice suits the individual children, and where the missed opportunities for normal socialization are actively made up for in other ways.The idea of a co-op arrangement to cover off any deficiencies in skills or curricula makes sense... but doesn't that start to sound a lot like a small private school? :)

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      cmcyclist 5 years ago

      @kab - Thanks for the comment. That's why you join a co-op. My wife was never comfortable teaching science. So she didn't have to. We had a Masters level nurse teach Chemistry. The kids did their lab at the University. My daughter had an amazing English teacher. Her math was taught by an Engineer. You don't have to know everything. Just where to get the best education for your kid. It worked. My oldest took her ACT early in her junior year. This was MY test to see if our efforts were worthwhile. She scored higher than I did when I took it years ago. She took it again to up her score. I was impressed and pleased with her score.

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      kab 5 years ago from Upstate, NY

      It may be right for some families, but some parents are themselves ill-educated. I don't like the idea of parents teaching their kids when they themselves don't know what they're talking about. I also an concerned about how many homeschooling are teaching themselves via a computer. A computer program is not a teacher and much of the learning experience is lost.