13 Extraordinary Benefits of Homeschooling
Are you considering homeschooling your child but aren’t sure about the benefits?
For various reasons, homeschooling is today more popular than ever, with around 3.7 million homeschool students in the United States. That’s nearly 7% of the school-age children population.
But what are the benefits of homeschooling, and why should you consider it for your children?
Keep reading to discover why homeschooling is effective and find out about 13 of the most extraordinary homeschooling benefits.
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Is Homeschooling Effective?
By “effective,” I mean if homeschooling achieves the main goals of children’s education, which vary depending on your preferences.
But if we talk about preparing our kids for life (and succeeding in it) and instructing our young people “to be better, more productive citizens,” well, in that sense, yes!
Research suggests that the positive effects of homeschooling are clear and diverse.
One study found that homeschool students graduate in a higher proportion from college than students from public schools. But on the other hand, homeschool students perform statistically better “on social, emotional, and psychological development.”
In other words, yes, homeschooling is effective! That’s just one of the main reasons it has become so popular in the last few years.
13 Benefits and Advantages of Homeschooling
I’ve put together this list with 13 of the most commonly mentioned benefits of homeschooling. “According to whom?” you may ask.
By parents, researchers, and educators. Now let’s dive in!
1. Academic Flexibility
One of the main perks of homeschooling is that it allows for a lot of academic flexibility.
Not only in the contents your child has to study, but also in terms of the kind of depth you can go on any given subject.
If your child is a gifted student, homeschooling gives you the flexibility to go deeper or faster on certain topics. The same happens if your child needs more time to deal with specific content.
Since you’re by yourself at home, flexibility is the name of the game, and you manage your time and pace in a way that fits you better.
2. Better Test Performance
One of the most unexpected facts about homeschooling is that homeschooling students tend to do better at standardized tests. In one particular study, homeschooled students scored around 67 more points than the national average on the SAT test.
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3. No Peer Pressure
For shy kids, this is one of the main pros of homeschooling.
Many children can’t flourish at school because of their insecurities and fear of being ridiculed by their peers. In other words, they can’t be themselves.
Peer pressure disappears at home, and your child can focus on learning and developing without any negative influence from other kids.
4. Individualized Lessons
Have you ever noticed how school groups with fewer students do better and engage more than groups with a lot of students? Well, with homeschooling, you can have the most personalized kind of education with one-to-one classes.
This can be particularly important for neurodivergent children or any other disorder such as ADHD or ASD, as you can focus on your child’s special needs.
5. More Time Together
Another overlooked benefit of homeschooling is the opportunity to spend more quality time with your children.
In our modern world, parents and kids share very little time together. Hectic schedules and lots of responsibilities result in less and less family time.
Well, homeschooling solves all that by eliminating the need to leave home to educate your child. No wasted time commuting every morning and more opportunities to engage in meaningful conversations and fun activities.
6. More Control Over Your Child’s Education
This is one of the most mentioned reasons to homeschool among parents.
With homeschooling, you can choose your child’s curriculum and control what your child learns. Not only that, but you can also dedicate more time to specific subjects.
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7. Scheduling Flexibility
The whole family schedule becomes much more manageable when homeschooling. For example, you can take holidays whenever you want, instead of waiting for the usual school breaks.
However, this flexibility it’s not limited to holidays.
Homeschooling also allows you to “play” with your daily and weekly schedules and distribute your activities more creatively than the rigid school schedule.
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8. Avoid Bullying
We talked about peer pressure, but bullying is a whole different thing. By removing the possibility of your child facing a bully at school, you’re allowing them to flourish and develop without fear of anyone.
Bullying can have lasting psychological effects on children and, as a teacher, I can tell you that it’s one of the main problems at schools today.
9. Focus on Special Needs
I know that schools do their best to cater to the special needs of their students, but sometimes they don’t even have the resources or personnel to do it.
If your child has special needs, homeschooling lets you take care of them and ensure that their education is designed to deal with them in the best possible way.
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10. Religious and Ethical Instruction
Among religious (and even non-religious) families, this fact is one of the main reasons they choose homeschooling.
By having more control over your child’s education, you can introduce religious and ethical views and materials according to your own beliefs.
11. No Homework
Because all work is homework when homeschooling, there’s no need to leave any assignments after the main learning time ends.
It may sound silly, but having no homework allows more free time to use in other enriching activities.
12. Safe Learning Environment
I’ve talked about avoiding peer pressure and bullying, but there are many more risks at school these days than just those two.
From drugs and sexual harassment to the obvious danger of school shootings, schools have become, in many ways, the opposite of a safe environment.
Being at home gives you the possibility the protect your child from those risks and allow them to simply focus on their education.
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13. Independence and Autonomy
Homeschooling helps develop an independent mindset in students who tend to become more “in charge” of their own learning.
This also results in children developing greater self-confidence, a skill that will help them throughout their lives.
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3 Unexpected Perks of Homeschooling
Those were the 13 main benefits of homeschooling. Now, let me know introduce you to three unexpected, fun perks of homeschooling:
- Homeschooling allows your teenage children to sleep more and wake up later in the mornings (never underestimate the importance of teengers sleeping in!).
- Homeschooling develops parents’ creativity, as they must design specific lesson plans, journals, and many other tools for their kids’ homeschool experience.
- The need to attend super boring school meetings and participate in the organization of school parties and events completely disappears!
Why Should You Homeschool?
Why should you homeschool? Because you will love it. And because your kids will love it.
In fact, I have a better question for you, “Why not homeschool?”
Is homeschooling a good experience? Definitely.
Is homeschooling for everyone? That’s up to you to find out!
I encourage you to start this new journey and find if the homeschooling experience is the right fit for your child and your family.
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