We are going on our third year of homeschool and in as little as three years, I have a lot of advantages to share with you.
Homeschool gives children a custom learning experience fitting their interests, pace, and learning style. Homeschool lifts the pressure of standardized testing making school more fun. Parents can get an education they see fit well for their child while paying less versus a private school.
Homeschool is not all rainbows and sprinkles. Homeschool is not the perfect option for everyone, but as you read the advantages, see if these will be a benefit to your family as well.
55 Advantages of Homeschooling
- Families get to pick their schedule.
- Parents get to decide when the school day starts.
- Families get to decide what days they homeschool. For example, the school day can be Sunday through Thursday instead of Monday through Friday.
- In most states, parents decide what subjects their kids learn. Some states require homeschoolers to follow specific subjects.
- Children can decide what to wear to school.
- School can be done outside allowing more physical activity.
- Children can be surrounded by people that encourage them.
- Homeschool days are shorter than public school hours.
- Homeschool is always more flexible.
- There is no homework in homeschool. Read more here.
- Children don't have to wait for the school bus.
- Vacations and emergencies can be taken any day of your choosing.
- Vacations can cost families less since they get to take them when everyone else is in school.
- Parents can lean in our their child's strengths to strengthen them.
- Children can strengthen their weak subject areas with more one on one learning.
- Children can learn at their own pace.
- If you have a child who is ahead of the learning curve, you can keep their mind growing instead of them getting bored.
- If you have a child who is behind, you can catch them up at their pace, and with different learning styles.
- You can be the one who teaches your child to read.
- You get to decide how much virtual learning is done.
- Children can learn more life skills at home and in the community.
- Kids get to pursue their interests.
- Time with grandma, grandpa, family members, or close friends can be spent during the weekday.
- Families get more time together and can learn together.
- Field trips are only limited to your budget.
- Learning as a family creates more memories.
- Time with friends can be included in your homeschool day.
- Parents get more time with their child or children.
- Parents can understand their children more by learning how they are wired.
- Peer pressure is limited.
- Homeschool children learn to interact with all ages.
- Learning is nurtured making learning more enjoyable.
- There is more time to invest in a child's talent.
- Religious beliefs can be practiced and taught everyday increasing a child's faith.
- Families can center their life around their needs instead of the priorities of their local school system.
- Homeschool provides the opportunity to master emotional learning within the family.
- Science can be enjoyed with real-life experiments instead of worksheets or videos. KiwiCo Crates are great for no-prep science projects.
- Families can prioritize their child’s mental, emotional, behavioral, and physical health.-from The Homeschool Mom
- "Research shows that the two most important factors in reading and overall educational successes are positive home influence and parental involvement; homeschooling provides both."-Washington Homeschool Organization
- Parents can immerse their children in their community. Kids can help volunteer or figure out how they can make a difference right where they live.
- Families that travel or move a lot can benefit greatly by homeschool.
- Homeschool gives a safe place for kids who deal with depression, anxiety, or social anxiety.
- Homeschool gives kids a way to explore who they are in a loving environment.
- Skills on independence are gained by the child being able to make more decisions on their own.
- Children can get more sleep with families being able to customize their schedules.
- In most states you get to choose the curriculum, so you can choose what your child is learning. Find out more about homeschool state regulations here.
- Parents get more opportunities to discuss worldly topics, current events, or social issues with their children.
- Homeschool helps build character and teach morals.
- "Homeschool makes kids work for knowledge instead of grades."-Raise Smart Kid
- Homeschool helps families plan their child's education even through a pandemic. We didn't have any interrupts when Covid-19 began in March.
- "Students who homeschool stand out in college admissions because they have a different experience."-Rebecca Conklin
- Breaks can happen as often as your child needs them. Breaks can include physical activity, snacks, or doing something they enjoy. This helps nurture the brain.
- Some children progress faster in homeschool than in public schools because they can relax in their environment.
- Homeschool is cheaper than private school.
- Homeschool can save time for families by decreasing transportation between school and home.
Some Disadvantages You Get When You Decide to Homeschool
Homeschool is wrapped with numerous benefits. But these benefits don't outweigh the disadvantages for some. There is no right answer for everyone, every family is different. So here are a few things to think about:
- Homeschool parents don't get a lot of breaks from their kids. This doesn't mean breaks can't happen. There's just less time to take them.
- Families need to plan to set aside 2-3 hours during the week to do homeschool. Planning for more one on one time with younger children.
- Public school builds in structure for families and children. Structure helps children become more disciplined and creates a better learning environment. Families will need to create a structure for their homeschool.
- Homeschool families need to set aside 1-2 hours a week for planning crafts, activities, or other work.
- Homeschool families have to follow homeschool state regulations. This can include having teacher qualifications, keeping vaccination records, following certain subjects, or having your curriculum approved. Find out your state regulations here.
- Being both a parent and a teacher can be frustrating. Sometimes it's hard to switch roles and practice patience.
- Homeschool can be more expensive than public school. There are free homeschool resources you can use and you can buy a used curriculum. It can still add up to be more than what you would pay for public school.
- Some sports activities or outside school programs like robotics might not be available to all homeschoolers. Families might have to create a group or sports team for your homeschooler to participate in. It's best to check your local school and ask if your Homeschooler can participate, or ask different homeschool groups around your area.
From my personal homeschool experience, the time it takes to homeschool is well worth it if your family can expend the time.
Just like public schools, there are some disadvantages. Homeschool can be more expensive if you choose.
Because our family values are wrapped around quality time and teaching about Christianity, homeschool works well for us.
Breaks from our kids can be scheduled.
We've learned to create a structure that works well for our kids. It's taken time to learn what works, but we chose to keep trying new things when something isn't working for us.
As I am an introvert, socialization can become harder for us, but we make sure we plan it with our friends because we know our kids need it.
Homeschool can be customized to fit your needs. That's why we've all learned to love it.
Our friends have learned to love public school.
They are very extroverted and love being around other kids all day.
If your kids are like this, but you want to try homeschool, I encourage you to do it. You can join a co-op group, or create a schedule for your kids to be with other kids their age.
Some homeschool families decide to try public school to see if their child does better and vice versa.
A parent or guardian is the best person to decide whether homeschool or public school is better for their child because they know the child best.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is Homeschool Better for Some Children?
Children who have anxiety, depression, or other learning curves and advantages thrive with homeschool because they get to learn at their own pace in a safe environment. Kids who are kinesthetic or visual learners can immerse themselves in real-life education, making learning more enjoyable.
Why is Public School Better for Some Children?
Extroverted children can do better in an environment where social interactions are not limited. Public school comes with a lot of structure that can benefit children because children thrive with structure. Parents can create this in a homeschool environment, public school just has all of these elements built-in.
Why Homeschool Your Kids?
Many parents that homeschool their kids find many advantages to homeschool including:
- The flexibility of their schedule.
- Homeschool parents love teaching their children at their own pace while teaching them life skills, building their character and morals while growing their strengths and talents.
- Homeschool changes your family lifestyle by creating more family time and opportunities to bond.