Reasons I Homeschool

 

I wasn’t homeschooled so a lot of people in my family don’t understand why I choose to homeschool my younger two children.  There are several reasons why I feel that it’s the best choice for my family.

 

  • No state tests. I’ve been seeing several posts on facebook about school testing this week. One woman even said her 10 yr old child had literally been worrying himself sick over these tests. How the education board thinks this is acceptable is beyond me. Whenever I was in school, which has been a good 20+ years ago, sure, we had “achievement” tests. We were pressured somewhat to do well on them but not to the point where we really thought that much about it.The teachers also didn’t put so much time into focusing on taking the test.  My kids do their school work and have exams to test their knowledge on what they just studied. However, they are not forced to take “achievement” tests to test them on things we may or may not have already covered. I mean let’s be real here, the state tests are not really to test the students, they are to test the teachers. They can actually lose their jobs if the children don’t perform well on the tests. So in turn, the teachers are pressured to put pressure on the kids.
  • Forced interaction is NOT socialization. I constantly hear “Well, if your kids don’t go to school, how do they learn how to get along with other kids?  How do they socialize?” Well for one thing once a child gets past elementary school, kids don’t have very much time to socialize anyway. If they are lucky  they get a 15 minute break, that’s it.  My youngest son is not around kids a whole lot, but whenever we go to the playground, he always manages to find kids to talk to. He’s really outgoing. I know that surprises many “pro public school” people.  He also can hold a conversation with someone a lot older than him.  He’s probably better socialized than most public school kids his age. My 15 yr old daughter went to public school for awhile so she has friends that she made in elementary school. I think she gets to talk to them more now than when she was in school.
  • Kids can learn at their own pace. One of my biggest complaints is that in public school, kids are all taught the same way. They are all expected to grasp the same concepts at the same time.  But in reality, some kids don’t.  Some kids are hands on, some are visual learners and others learn by listening. However, a teacher who has 20-30 kids in the classroom doesn’t have time to cater to every student.  I only have 2 students so I am able to spend time with my kids and find out how they learn best.
  • Flexibility.  My kids are both night owls. They will probably both end up with jobs that they can work at night lol. I’m not sure where they get that from because when 9 pm gets here, I’m ready to go to bed.  My daughter does her work at different times of the day. My son usually likes to do his work after 4. He has ADHD and I find that he is a lot calmer at the end of the day, after he’s had time to expend some of his energy.  Also, if we want to take a day off from school work “just because”, well, we can.

There are many other reasons why I love homeschooling. These are just a few. I am by no means “anti” public school.  Public school works for many kids. It just doesn’t really work for mine.  Education is so very important so I think it’s imperative for children to learn in the environment that’s best for them whether that’s in a public , private, or homeschool.

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35 Comments

  1. These are all great reasons to homeschool and I’m sure different parents have a lot of different reasons too. Thank you for sharing.

  2. My boys are night owls also.. I like the idea of homeschooling.. My sister did it but then had her kids go to high school so get more interaction and some high school experiences.

  3. It really does sound like a lot of great reasons to homeschool. Some of my grandchildren have been bullied pretty bad and I wish I could keep them home for that reason alone.

  4. My big reason is I want to be the one to introduce important subjects to my kids when I want them to learn about them, not from peers.

  5. I did not home school but I believe in it greatly. Children should be allowed to move forward at their own pace and I always believed that socialization is a poor excuse for sending children to school..With bullying so popular right now what is so great about being with other children? Make your friends another way…

  6. There is no right or wrong option for school. Different options work for different kids and their families. I’m glad you’ve found the choice that works best for your family.

  7. If I could start over I would have Homeschooled my son and daughter in a heart beat! The school system where I live was of no help at all. My children would have received a better education from being homeschooled then what they received at their local school.

  8. There are pluses and minuses to everything. I have 2 in public school and one I homeschool. It works for us. Doing what works for your own family is the most important thing.

  9. Kids should be with other to learn how to interact. I don’t know the home school details, so if I’m out of line, I apologize.

  10. Right off the bat, I’d say I don’t agree with home schooling. But I really don’t have enough information.

  11. I always wondering if homeschooling is right for our family but I’ve always been put off that I don’t have enough knowledge as the teacher in school. How do you know your teaching your kids enough?

  12. I asked my daughter what home school is about, since she does it. She gave me the details and I have changed my opinion of it.

  13. My daughter is considering homeschooling next year. I will pass this on to her. Thank youfor sharing.

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