How Homeschooling Can Benefit Your Child
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.