Five Benefits of Homeschooling
In this final part of our three-part series on schooling choices, we will explore the benefits of homeschooling your child. Homeschooling has become increasingly popular in recent years, with many parents opting for this route during the COVID-19 pandemic when traditional schools were unavailable. In this blog, we will discuss some of the reasons why parents choose to homeschool their children and the benefits it can offer.
Flexibility. One of the biggest advantages of homeschooling is the flexibility it provides in scheduling. If your family enjoys traveling or you prefer not to be tied to a traditional school schedule, homeschooling may be a great option. Parents can create their own daily, weekly, and yearly schedule to fit their family’s lifestyle! Instead of adhering to specific days off and rigid schedules, you and your child can take things at your own pace and take breaks when needed.
Individualized Instruction. While public and private schools do offer opportunities for students to explore their interests and focus on areas of interest, homeschooling provides unparalleled individualized instruction. If your child is struggling with a subject or has developed an interest in a specific area, homeschooling allows you to slow down (or speed up!) and focus on things at a pace that suits your child best.
Religion and Values. If your family has strong religious beliefs or there are specific values you would like to instill in your children, homeschooling can make it easier to ensure that your child is learning what you would like them to learn rather than what happens to be in a given curriculum. If religious or ethical studies are important to you and your family, homeschooling provides the opportunity to easily include those topics in your daily lessons.
Spending Time Together. If the thought of sending your child away on a bus and being separated from them for hours makes you uneasy, homeschooling offers the chance for you to be with your child full-time. While some children thrive in the school environment, families who desire physical closeness and children who thrive at home may choose homeschooling for the simple fact that it allows them to spend more time together as a family.
Field Trips. Field trips in traditional school environments are often scarce and selective. However, if you choose to homeschool your child, you are free to take them wherever you feel they’ll benefit most! If you’re studying biology and want to visit the zoo to see the animals up close, you have the flexibility to do so. If you’re teaching your child about painting and want to visit your local art museum, you can. Field trips can enrich your child’s educational experience, and homeschooling offers the opportunity to explore any topic you choose in this way.
Whatever decision you make for your child’s education, rest assured that you know your child best and are the perfect person to make this decision for them. Whether you choose public, private, homeschooling, or a combination of methods, your love for your child will guide you during the decision-making process. Visit your local public school, research nearby private schools, and talk to homeschooling families in your area to help you decide which path is best for your family.