10 Reasons Why Homeschooling Is Better Than Traditional School
Are you interested in homeschooling? Do you need to know why homeschooling is better than traditional school?
Here it is—10 reasons that will convince almost anybody.
The the number of homeschooled students in the U.S and the world steadily increases. While this rise in numbers is partially due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s no wonder that many parents realized it was a superior option.
In 2020, many parents had an opportunity to discover the benefits of homeschooling for the first time and they soon realized that the benefits outnumber those of traditional school.
Let’s explore them!
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10 Reasons Why Homeschooling Is Better Than Traditional School
Regarding education, parents understand that we must choose what’s suitable for their children, so this list isn’t for everyone. But if homeschooling is something you’d like to try with your kid, these are the reasons why it’s better for you and your family than traditional school!
1. Time Efficiency
In a traditional school there’s lots of time lost and wasted, believe me.
First, you wait for kids that are late. Then you lose time checking attendance and homework. Then faster students must wait for others to finish.
You also lose time moving from one classroom to another.
With homeschooling, you can use this time for other things such as studying. Or you can simply finish earlier and invest your time in extracurricular activities.
During the Pandemic, apart from homeschooling, many people discovered the pleasure and advantages of remote work. No wonder why most of us didn’t want to go back to being in an office!
Digital nomads became a new nation, and the world discovered that traveling and working at the same time is possible.
But what if you have kids?
Well, you probably guessed it. Homeschooling is the solution. The world is your child’s classroom, and traveling can enrich the whole process.
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3. Personalized Curriculum and Individual Approach
When homeschooling your child, they can study what interests them, and you can adapt the curriculum to their learning style.
Homeschooling is naturally child-centered, and you’re the one that knows your child best!
This happens not only at the elementary level but also at homeschooling high school. You can tailor their education, choose whatever program suits your child best, and opt for the timetable that works for your child and the whole family.
A personalized curriculum is excellent for highly gifted students and those who need more support than the average student.
4. Safe Environment
I don’t need to tell you that the world is not a safe place, and sadly, schools are no exception. For example, bullying is unfortunately still a common issue.
Homeschooling gives you and your child peace of mind.
If your child has been a victim of bullying, homeschooling is a great option. Without such stress, they can get psychologically stronger.
5. Parent-Child Bonding
With homeschooling, you don’t only play a critical role in your child’s education. You also strengthen the bond you two have during your children’s formative years.
You can teach and show them values that are important for you and your family. You can spend more time together. Also, you can help your kids make it through adolescence mostly unscathed.
6. Less Emotional Pressure
Homeschooling brings mental health benefits. Some kids get very anxious in traditional educational systems from continuous testing, overwhelming homework, peer pressure, and grades which can all become too much at some point for more sensitive kids.
Homeschooling provides emotional freedom.
Your kid can simply be who they are. Dress however they want, wear whatever haircut they want, and be passionate about music or bugs. Nobody will ridicule them and they don’t need to fit in!
7. More Confidence and Independence
Contrary to popular belief, homeschooled kids don’t lack any important skills—it’s actually the opposite! Homeschooled students tend to have more skills than the average student in traditional school.
Universities prefer teenagers that successfully went through homeschooling, as they tend to be more independent, confident, and generally well-rounded.
During homeschooling, your child learns how to make decisions that children in traditional schools don’t even need to consider. What’s more, homeschooled kids are in control of their studies and know what it feels like to have passion-driven explorations of specific topics. They also become more responsible teenagers and adults.
8. Best for Students with Learning Disabilities
Sometimes even the best SEN (Special Educational Needs) Department will not adequately cater to your child’s needs if they have learning disabilities.
While homeschooling, you can focus on what is important. You can try innovative solutions and make the whole process easier.
Your children will not compare themselves to other kids and can focus on progressing at their own pace.
9. Time for Passions
Homeschooled kids do plenty of exciting things that traditionally schooled kids don’t have the time for.
Is your kid an athlete? Do they want to spend extra hours in the local planetarium or volunteer at the local zoo?
Homeschooling shortens the studying day, as I explained earlier, and gives you absolute flexibility so you can fit “extras” into your daily schedule.
10. Better Socialization
Yes, you read it well. It’s a myth that homeschooled kids lack social skills.
On the contrary, homeschooled kids learn how to interact with people outside their age group and feel comfortable with all types of relationships.
Their friendship cycle is usually bigger and more diverse than that a typically schooled kid.
Numerous studies have shown that homeschooled students are socially engaged and they socialize in many ways. Here are a few examples:
- being part of a homeschool co-op
- going on field trips with other homeschool families
- attending local sports clubs for kids
- volunteering at community events or institutions
- meeting other homeschooled kids at the local library
Choose What’s Right for Your Child
At the end of the day, it’s you who will make the final decision.
In the long run, as long as your kids have access to the required learning and diverse educational experiences, homeschooling outweighs the advantages of a traditional schooling system.
Give it a try!
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