Homeschooling can be an amazing experience for both you and your children. Whatever your reason for considering homeschooling, whether that be to take away standardized school schedules, or to keep your children away from bullying, there are many benefits to be had by both parties. So, if you’re on the fence about taking your children out of public school and homeschooling instead, take a look at these wonderful reasons to consider homeschooling your children.
Your Children Can Learn in a Harmonious Environment
A class of thirty or so children can quickly become toxic, especially when the class is allowed to divide themselves into their cliques and friend groups. This isn’t always the case but when it is, the environment in which your child is expected to learn becomes compromised. Teaching your children from home allows you to create an environment where they feel comfortable yet motivated to learn, and eliminates any toxicity that may come from public schooling.
You Can Monitor Their Development Closely
No matter whether your child is taught from home or a public school, the biggest thing on the forefront of your mind is how they are progressing in school. All children learn at different rates, but there are milestones in place for each age range that your children will be expected to hit. Teaching from home allows you to have a better view of your child’s education and ultimately, more control over their curriculum. You may notice your child is behind on their reading progress, for example, and to help this you can apply reading strategies for young readers to help your child hit their milestones. Remember not to fret if it doesn’t happen quickly, as all children will catch up at their own pace with the right support.
You Can Choose Your “Schedule”
Much like having the ability to work from home, you have much more control over your schedule than you do with public schools. With public schooling, your child is expected to be in class at a certain time, perform maths, English, and science on demand, and also be expected to perform physical education at the times set by the school.
Sometimes this simply doesn’t work. Some children take longer to engage their brains in the morning, whereas some children have lost a lot of motivation by the time they get to school. Fitting your homeschooling around your routine, your child’s energy levels, and also other factors in life is a wonderful advantage of homeschooling your children. You’re able to tailor their education to their natural bodily needs.
No School Runs
If there’s one thing all parents can agree on, it’s that school runs can be a real pain! Many families are rushed in the mornings to get up, get dressed, have breakfast, and get ready to make the journey to school. With homeschooling, you can eliminate all of that stress! You don’t need to worry about making it to school on time, or making sure their lunch boxes are packed, or even going through the trouble of finding missing garments of uniform ten minutes before leaving the house. Learning from home allows wriggle room and overall, a much more relaxed experience.
Routines Can Be Relaxed a Little
As touched upon earlier, some people simply don’t wake up properly first thing in the morning, and this can seriously affect your child’s learning process. While a routine is important in maintaining sleep levels and some sort of structure in your life, homeschooling allows routines to be relaxed a little. For example, if your child finds it difficult to wake up early and become motivated, then move your homeschooling schedule to later on in the day. Give them time to wake up and get their brain ready to learn! You may finish later in the day, but you’ve got time in the morning to plan out the lessons or get on with other chores around your home while your child gets ready to learn. This also means that bedtimes and dinner times can be relaxed too!
You Can Boost Your Child’s Natural Strengths
You’ll find that each of your children will have their own interests, and you should help them thrive using those interests! For example, one of your children may learn more efficiently if lessons are put together using rhymes and memory games, whereas another one of your children may thrive using a more hands-on approach. It may take some time to figure out, but you’ll find that you’re able to boost your child’s natural strengths through different teaching methods.
Homeschooling also gives you more freedom to allow your children to explore further in subjects they’re particularly interested in. School curriculum has to tailor to a class full of children, meaning it’s difficult to allow each child to explore further should they wish. If you’re not able to find more content for your child to learn, try exploring after school activity clubs your child could attend so they can learn more about their favorite subject.
More One-On-One Time
One thing public schooling can take away from families is that all-important one on one time with your children, especially during the school years! If your child were to attend public school, 190 days out of 364 are spent in school for around 6 hours each day. Either side of school times you’re either rushing to get your children to school or making dinner and helping with homework after school. With homeschooling, you will have more time with your children full stop. Homework is eliminated, and you can enjoy making memories with your children every day of the year.
Not only does homeschooling allow you to have quality one on one time together with your children, but it also allows you to work with your children one on one too. Children sometimes need that extra one on one support when learning to help them achieve that eureka moment when they understand what you’re trying to teach them!
Your Children Can Still be Sociable
Homeschooling your children doesn’t necessarily mean their social life and social skills are going to suffer. Thanks to today’s technology and the wonders of the internet, children can keep in touch with their peers, make new friends (with adult supervision, of course), and arrange times to meet with their friends on the weekends or school holidays. When you’re homeschooling your children, it’s also likely that you’ll be in touch with other parents in the area that are homeschooling too, and you can turn that into an opportunity for your children to make new friends from the same kind of background as them. Not only that, while your children are playing and making new friends, it gives you the time to have some much-needed adult conversation.
Your Children Can Learn More
The fear of asking a “dumb” question in a class full of students is very real and quite often, children will hold back their questions in fear of being laughed at by their peers. Homeschooling can help eliminate this problem because your child can come directly to you with their questions and worries, especially around sensitive subjects such as sexual education and biology. All in all, the comfort of learning from you, someone they trust, can help them learn more in the long run.
Homeschooling can be a wonderful experience, but it isn’t for everyone! Remember that if you do choose to try homeschooling, that it will take time and patience before you get into a routine that suits your family, and remember there are loads of resources online that can help!