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Best Reasons To Home School Your Children
Why do families home school? I cannot say that I am cut out for it myself, but if you have the temperament for it, there are some great reasons to home-school. Here are the best I found.
Control Over Curriculum
Being able to control what the child learns is perhaps the primary reason many families switch from traditional education to home-schooling. Many families prefer to direct their children in the beliefs of the their faith, but religion is not the only reason to home-school.
Children with special needs may benefit from the extra attention and customized curriculum available at home. Very gifted children are often schooled at home, as are children with specific learning challenges. Additionally, children may have more say in their own studies, progress at their own pace, and study topics in a more in-depth way than they would be able to at school.
Spending Time Together
Many home-schooling families love spending more time together as a family than they would otherwise be able to. Children are often allowed to follow their own schedules as opposed to conforming to the school's schedule. Many parents love the quality time they spend instructing their children at home. Children who study at home are also more available to help out with chores or otherwise contribute to the family unit, which can create stronger bonds between family members.
Selection of Peers
Many parents are concerned about the types of children their kids are exposed to in a public or even private school setting. They may fear that other children's families do not share the same values that their family wishes to instill.
Home-schooling parents feel that by home-schooling, peer pressure is reduced, and that their children are less likely to be overly influenced by cultural norms of clothing, music, language, sex, and drug use. The social life of the home-schooled child is less independent of his parents and therefore they can maintain more control.
Protection From Cultural Influence & Violence
Home-schooling families often want to raise children who value home and family more than materialistic goods. In addition, some parents oppose the competitive nature of our school system, if not society in general.
Children who have been singled out as different from their peers in some way may be picked on at school. Home-schooling eliminates all these outside pressures and lets kids concentrate on their education.
School violence portrayed in the media has convinced many families to home-school. They feel their kids are much safer from random or gang violence at home than in school.