There are many different reasons why parents choose to homeschool their children. This article is a list of the top 10 most popular reasons that I have come across throughout my years of homeschooling.
Individuality, Flexibilty & Choice
- Religious reasons: This was one of my biggest reasons. We didn't have a decent Christian school in my area and I would not even consider a public school these days. I want my daughter's education to focus on the one who created her and all the things she is going to learn about. This is a number one reason because I have observed so many homeschooling families and 90% of them are God-fearing individuals who are very involved in their churches.
- Health reasons: I know several children who are homeschooled because they have health issues that don't mesh with the school environment. For example, my daughter's best friend has epilepsy (as does my youngest daughter) and her medications make her too tired to concentrate in the morning. She is able to focus in the afternoons so it works out better for her to have a set schedule at home that is based on when the effects of her medication are wearing off.
- Individuality: Homeschooling is often chosen by parents who feel that their child is either gifted or has special needs. Classrooms are designed for the average child so any child who is capable of learning more than what is taught in class becomes bored. Children who learn at a slower pace often fall so far behind that they get to frustrated to continue. These children are individuals who don't fit the school norm and need to work at their pace. Parents can do that with them at home much better.
- Attitudes: Children get up so early in the morning, are shipped off to school where they have to do book work all day. They get home just before dinner and have to spend the rest of the night doing homework. They are stressed out and tired, and often have terrible attitudes from the time they get home from school. I had my daughter attend a school once for 6 months and I can say from first hand knowledge that this is true. When children homeschool they do all of their work, including their homework, in half the time. They then are free to enjoy the rest of the day.
- More outdoor activity: Parents can take their children outdoors on nice days and do the schooling outside. Children can also spend the afternoons outside instead of being in a classroom for 2 1/2 hours. They can play in the yard, practice their sports, or identify plants and bugs around the house. Sometimes I take my daughter to the local park and zoo where we lay out a blanket and do her lessons. Then we have a picnic lunch and go visit the animals. Fresh air and sunlight are important for optimal physical health.
- Family freedom: Parents are not bound by waiting for the school bus to run to the store or go visit Grandma. Once schooling is finished or before it begins the family can run their errands. Even the errands can become part of the school lessons. Children can count the change at the grocery store and compare the prices on the boxes of cereal. Parents can also take vacations at any time of the year and not just on holiday breaks. The school work can come along on the vacation. I brought my daughters books to Florida when we visited my Mom for 2 weeks. We only missed 2 days of school to go to Disneyworld and to spend a day in St. Augustine.
- Life skills: Homeschooling children learn life skills right away. They help with the household chores each day. They do their school work and then they help their Mom at the grocery store or buy stamps from the post office. They see how budgets work and what you need to do to keep your car running smoothly. Homeschooling parents have teaching on the brain so schooling never really stops all day. By the time my daughter graduates she will know exactly how to earn and save money, how to cook meals, how to run a household, how to car for her car, how create and stick to a budget, and much more.
- Work: Homeschooling children ages 14 and up can participate in a work-study program. They can do school in the morning and go to work in the afternoon. This helps them to begin saving at an early age. When they are old enough to afford a car or go to college they will already have the money. They will also feel a sense of independence that they can purchase something they really want. They would have earned it themselves so they will take great care of it.
- No peer pressure: Kids can learn to be themselves and to be proud of who they are. By the time they get to go off to college they have enough guts to stand up for themselves. They get to skip out on all the early years where other people's kids are trying to get them to dress and act a certain way or be labeled uncool. This gives them the ability to stay innocent a little longer and keep them from becoming followers and instead work on becoming leaders.
- Total flexibility: Most homeschooling parents set up schedules for their children, but they are flexible to change based on observing their children. My daughter wasn't concentrating on Math later on in the day. I was free to change the time to first thing in the morning. I can also take my daughter to community events in the morning and homeschool her in the afternoon if I needed to. Sometimes we would to 2 subjects and then take a home economics break and make some banana bread. Then we'd finish the last 3 subjects. On beautiful days we have taken our bikes for a stroll down the bike paths and then continued our schooling when we got home. There really is no limit to the flexibility homeschool affords.