The Benefits of Homeschooling From A to Z
All about meeting the needs of children. Homeschooling makes this easy; you are there, observing and helping.
Bonding is easier when your family spends more time together.
Community. Homeschooled kids have more time to mingle with community members of all ages. Instead of being mainly with peers all day, they are learning to communicate with people younger and older on a regular basis.
Disabilities can be treated as gifts. If you have a kid with a ‘learning problem” it can be treated in a whole new light at home. At school, that child will likely face many difficulties.
Eating healthy is easier. When you are there to provide nutritious whole foods, and junk food is not prevalant at your kids’ table, eating healthy becomes the usual fare.
Free play! Even in kindergarten there is very little, if any, time for free play.
Get to stay home. No bustling about early in the morning trying to get out the door before you’re really awake.
Handling problems together. Homeschoolers experience many things together, the good and the bad. There’s always a loving adult to model behavior or just listen when something confusing happens.
Imaginations in tact! Kids will get some level of brainwashing at school – probably at home, too, but at least then the values sinking in are within your comfort zone.
Joys of nature are more accessible. You have unlimited time to spend outside enjoying sunshine, fresh air and wide open spaces.
Kids don’t need to be taught how to learn. I think every homeschooler has seen this. In many cases it is the parents who need to be re-taught.
Learning can be fun. Why not learning games? No reason to have drudgery in your life.
Movement. Kids have freedom of movement and are not confined to a desk for a large portion of their day.
No testing! Though some kids may like the competitive edge of tests, I find that most families are glad their child’s learning time is not spent preparing for tests. Second runner-up for “N” is No Homework!
Outside classrooms are possible. A deck, a porch or a picnic blanket can make a great study area, with maximum natural light.
Projects can get messy and can go on for long stretches of time. Kids won’t have to pack up their project to start something unrelated and they can spread out and make a mess if that’s what it takes.
Quietness is available when needed. Though many of our households would not really be described as quiet, at least it’s an option for kids to have some quiet time.
Read when you are ready.
Sleeping in. No alarm clocks. Need I say more?
Time to expand on your interests. You can follow your own path at your own pace.
Using your brain, but not overstimulating it. I don’t see many homeschoolers who are ‘exhausted’ but I see many school kids in this state.
Vibrant homeschool get-togethers – most of us have been lucky to have some; a warm spring day spent at the beach, cool field trips, a hike together.
Whenever you want to learn about something, you can just do it.
Xylophones or any other musical instruments can be played to your heart’s content.
You spend the days with folks that love you.
Zaniness allowed. Get silly, laugh, roll around on the ground, climb UP the slide – a homeschool life can be full of fun.