4 Reasons to Consider Homeschooling Your Child

Image via iStock/Shelly Perry
Image via iStock/Shelly Perry

Homeschooling is one of the fastest growing school segments, and there are a lot of reasons why this is happening. Unlike the stereotype of backwards, ultra-conservative, cult-families, homeschoolers come with a wide variety of demographics, family types, and religious backgrounds. What are reasons that parents are considering homeschool as an education option for their kids?

Children learn to socialize with a broader range of ages and work together with their siblings in a unique way. 

Here are four of the many reasons:

1. Educational Achievement

One of the most common reasons for homeschooling, even more so than religious reasons, is to improve the educational standards. Many parents have found that purchasing their own curriculum and working with their children one-on-one provides a much higher quality of education than is available in many school districts – especially with the budget cuts and classroom consolidation, which are more common in recent years.

2. Ideological Concerns  

Not just Christians, but many religious families and those with ideological concerns, worry about the lack of core subjects being covered in the educational programs and the inclusion of non-educational materials. In our homeschool group, we had three Muslim families, two atheist families, a Wiccan family, and a handful of mixed-Christian faiths. This diversity of religious backgrounds is becoming more and more common.

3. Personalized Education 

This is the one that was the main trigger for our family's decision to homeschool. My oldest son was large for his age and was (still is!) very active. My concern was that a traditional school setting would impose expectations on him, based on these things, without taking into consideration his true age. When a four-year-old looks six or seven, the adults around him expect certain behaviors that a four-year-old just isn't able to give yet. I didn't want his education to suffer as a result.

I know many families who have children with special needs fall into this category as well. While IEPs have come a long way in the last ten years and work very well for many children, there are still families who find their children falling through the cracks. For them, homeschool can be a great solution.

4.  Family Togetherness 

This was a surprise benefit for us, but something I've heard some people list as a reason for their choice to homeschool. Children learn to socialize with a broader range of ages and work together with their siblings in a unique way. It's been a blessing to me me to see them learn to work cooperatively and engage with a wide variety of ages.

There are a lot of reasons why homeschooling is a growing movement in the United States. Which of these reasons speaks to you and your family?

What do you think?

4 Reasons to Consider Homeschooling Your Child

Angela England is a renaissance woman who doesn't let five children stop her from many pursuits, interests and tasks. Angela is a freelance writer, professional blogger, speaker, labor doula, massage therapist and can usually be found with a coffee nearby. Angela recently published her first book, Backyard Farming on an Acre (more or less) and has since published her first Untrained Housewife Guide - Getting Prepared. ... More

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3 comments

  1. jessica says:

    we are still ttc but have already made the decision to homeschool. my husband and I do not like the state of the public school for a number of reasons

  2. I have considered homeschooling, but since it’s my step-son I do not feel I can or should make this decision for his parents.

    Just reading the papers I get from school makes me furious.
    – ‘Nutricious meals’ which translates to biscuits, grits, pizza, doughnuts, mac ‘n cheese, cheese sticks, nuggets.
    – Kids have to memorize their 5 digit pin to pay for food. So… if they forget, they’re out of luck? These are 5 year olds!
    – The downright lies (no cake allowed, but yet.. I watched him eat a -blue- cupcake every Friday. He’s wild? really?)
    – The unrealistic expectations (not allowed to pick up sticks and rocks on the playground.. this is a little boy!)
    – Bring $1 on Friday and you get to wear a hat indoors.. bring $.75 and you can have popcorn in class.. the nickle and diming is ridiculous. And what about the kid that doesn’t bring money? Are they left out in the cold? That sort of thing has no place in the classroom. You’re basically teaching them that you can pay to break the rules. Nice..

    My own son has communicative delays. He’s bright as can be, but doesn’t communicate. I want him to be the best he can be, without folks forcing him to conform to some standard.

    We’ll see what time brings, but I am already turned off by the public school system and we’ve only just begun.

    I want my kids to learn about hard work, fairness, life skills (5 year old knows how to make a sandwich, do laundry, care for animals etc.) and exploring the world and all it’s wonders. I grew up being exposed to lots of different cultures and ideas and it made me a better person. We have lots of fun, while learning. We raise chickens and a garden and he learns how to build things from his dad and how to cook with me. Those skills are so often completely lost.

  3. Phammom says:

    We will start with public school and see how it’s goes before we decide.

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