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The Benefits of Homeschool: 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.  Homeschool 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, whereas 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 surrounding 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.  This way there is 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.

Joy of nature is more accessible.  You have pretty much unlimited time to spend outside enjoying sunshine, fresh air and wide open spaces.

Kids don’t need to be taught 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.

Moms, Dads and caregivers get to learn from the kids.

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.

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, not when it is predetermined by someone who’s never                met you.

Sleeping in.  No alarm clocks.  Need I say more?

Time to expand on your interests.  You can follow your own path and study                              at your own pace.

Uses your brain but doesn’t tax it.  I don’t see many homeschoolers who are ‘exhausted’ but see many school kids in this state.  I think using your brain as you wish is less tiring than being told what to study and do during the day.

Vibrant homeschool gatherings – most of us have been lucky to have some; a warm spring day spent at the beach, cool field trips, a hike together.  Homeschooled kids usually are so happy to be with more kids.

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.

Go Homeschool Yourself

This may be one of the best parts about homeschooling – you get to homeschool yourself. Most of us went to school and are now trying to homeschool our kids in a way that meets their needs. Which is completely unlike our school experience. But how can we create a vibrant  homeschool environment without reverting to workbooks, packed schedules, tests and the inevitable ‘talking head’ since this is the way we learned?

One way is to homeschool yourself. What’s most interesting to you? What have you always wanted to find out about? Are you getting National Geographic magazines for your kids, or is it YOU that really likes to read them? Spending your spare time watching Vi Hart videos at Khan’s Academy? Good for you! Your kids will see how this works: Discover an interest and delve right in.

So, if you always wanted to master Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata (or as I call it, “Moonshine Sonata”), here’s your chance to model for your kids how to truly enjoy learning by studying what you want, when you want. This is especially important for those of us who’ve had kids attend some school. Since school involves a different set of expectations, it will be easier for kids to transition to homeschooling when a role model is home busy building their first robot or researching wild mushrooms.

There’s another upside to homeschooling yourself. I’ve found that an enriching learning program, completely thought up and carried out by yourself, makes you FEEL good. And we all know that a parent or caregiver who is meeting their own needs will find it easier and more enjoyable to meet the needs of their kids.