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How Homeschooling Can Benefit Your Child

Updated on August 28, 2009

Homeschooling has become increasingly popular the last few years and finally it is a real option for just about anyone.  Having had my children in public school years ago and again now, and having home-schooled for four years, I definitely see benefits to homeschooling.  Not only in my children, but in other people's children as well.  Be warned that this is my opinion!  Here are the benefits I see to homeschooling.

  • You can teach your children the things they are interested in.  The basics still need to be covered (reading, writing and math), but you can chose the subjects that interest your children.  You can even cover reading and writing while learning about topics your child enjoys.  Science can cover just about any topic your kids are interested in and children learn more when they are learning about things they like.
  • You can teach your kids how they need to be taught.  Maybe your child does better reciting math facts while jumping on a trampoline.  Maybe your child needs to rest in the afternoon.  Maybe they need to sleep in, rather than getting up at 6:00 am to catch a bus.  Whatever the case, you can teach your child how they need to be taught, not how a teacher wants to teach 30 kids.  If your child is more productive in the evenings, you can school then.
  • You can accommodate your child's needs.  Rather it be a special diet, or needing to snuggle on the couch with your while reading, you can take care of your child's needs better than someone trying to teach 29 other kids too.
  • You can teach at your child's pace.  There is no being left behind in class.  Wherever your child is at, that is where you teach that day.  On the flip side, your child won't need to wait on other kids to catch up.
  • You can do school much faster at home, than at school.  There is no wasted time waiting in line or waiting for other students to finish their work.  When your child finishes his work, he is done for the day.  This can free up a lot of hours in the day for your child to be a kid or learn life skills - something which isn't taught much at public school.
  • These days, there are many activities and sports that are catered to home-schoolers.  These can be much cheaper than regular after school and evening activities allowing your child to try out things she might not be exposed to in public school.
  • You can teach things that are important to you.  Religion and life skills are two areas that come to mind for me.  While we didn't homeschool strictly for religious reasons, it was very nice to be able to incorporate the Bible into our curriculum. 
  • Homeschooling can bring your family closer together.  You are going to be around each other day in and day out, you will have to learn how to get along and interact.  When everyone goes their separate ways every day, close bonds are not always formed.  Homeschooling can foster wonderful sibling relationships and allow the parents to really get to know their children.

Of course there are pros and cons to everything, but these are the benefits I saw in homeschooling my children.

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      Jmobia 

      9 years ago from San Jose, CA

      Hey Jennifer! Nice hub on homeschooling here. I can speak from experience being having been homeschooled my whole life up until college.

      While the educational and growth benefits from homeschooling are great, I cannot express the greater importance of homeschool group activities. This fills the social gap created from not being around other kids like in public schools. I didn't get involved in these homeschool groups much and I'd say it stunted my social growth a bit for a while. Thankfully I'm out of that now.

      Keep up the good work!

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      dcrisan 

      9 years ago from Maryland

      Nice Hub, I agree as well. I have family that is homeschooled but not so sure if it supports the social skills that children get from public/private schools.

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      Bail Up! 

      9 years ago

      Good hub ! I totally agree. I have two children and one of them did great in public school but the other dreaded it. I tried different schools for him and ended up homeschooling the last few years. Ended his boredom at school and worked out great for us.

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      Betty Bolden 

      9 years ago from Bucyrus Ohio

      my two youngest graduated trecca online..homeschool at home..

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      9 years ago from Hawaii

      I really see the merit of homeschooling. I have friends who did it and raised great kids. I'm very concerned about how to protect one's child from negative situations that happen in school. There are reasons to get a bit paranoid. Thanks for a very informative hub.

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      dohn121 

      9 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      You really made some excellent points here Jennifer. When I worked at a camp that was owned by the Waldorf School, I noticed that the kids were much more akin to books, the arts, and were all together very intelligent and had very good values. In my opinion, a Waldorf education is somewhere between homeschooling and private school--the best of both worlds--as the teachers have the autonomy (within the guidelines of the school) to educate their small classes as they saw fit. I can see how homeschooling can be a great benefit for parents and kids alike. Thanks.

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