Of all the reasons to homeschool, some are pretty obvious, but there may be dozens more reasons that people don’t think about. Here, Erin shares 20 of them!
Deciding to homeschool your child is a personal decision that only you can make. While there are oodles of great and obvious reasons to homeschool, today I’m sharing twenty that people may not think about!
20 Reasons to Homeschool That People Don’t Think About
1. Nutritional needs are easier to manage at home, especially for kids with severe allergies or the need for sensory diets.
2. Medical requirements for children with chronic illnesses and health problems are somewhat easier to coordinate. Plus, it’s easier to maintain a sense of peace and normalcy when the parent doesn’t have to worry about school absences.
3. Special needs are more easily managed with therapies and modifications that may not be available or addressed in a school setting. Think of all the parents that struggle through IEP meetings trying to get the basic needs of their child met.
4. Freedom from public school schedules. Being able to set your own schedule when a parent travels a great deal or works crazy hours is a wonderful reason to homeschool.
5. Family travel or road schooling becomes possible with homeschooling.
6. Sick days can still include educational experiences, including documentaries, audiobooks, and online learning.
7. Time. Homeschooling means we can give our kiddos time to explore their interests while slowing down and enjoying their childhoods. Remember, as homeschoolers, we don’t have to fill every moment of our child’s day. By leaving space, we are encouraging self-directed and interest-led learning.
8. Children can learn at their own pace.
9. Different learning styles are more readily accommodated in the home. When a curriculum isn’t working for your child, you can change it up!
10. The ability to move and play are also benefits of homeschool. Children aren’t stuck at a desk all day. Recess is every day!
My son learned his ABC’s while riding his tricycle when he was three years old. Then at 10 years old, he learned his multiplication tables while jumping on the trampoline!
Movement, especially for kinesthetic learners is an excellent reason to homeschool.
More Unexpected Benefits of Homeschooling
11. Cultivated lessons and individual attention allow children to thrive! No more cookie-cutter lessons or expecting children of a certain age to all know the same things. This fact can mean more art, music, and hands-on learning!
12. Competitive athletes and theater kids (and others with particular gifts, talents, and interests) can spend more time on their chosen passions. The flexibility of homeschooling means they can fit in homeschool lessons between practices and games.
13. Families get to spend time together and really get to know each other! It’s incredible to get to spend all day with these fantastic little people and another fabulous reason to homeschool. Plus, siblings can learn many subjects together!
Reasons to Homeschool
14. Bullying and violence are less prevalent than they are in the public school system. There is less peer pressure to worry about too.
15. Children don’t need labels. Homeschooling parents can avoid labels entirely or use them as a research tool to help better meet a child’s academic and social needs.
16. Learning disabilities can receive the one on one focus and attention they need.
17. Children can celebrate their differences. Square pegs in a world full of round holes can celebrate their square shapes instead of feeling the need to conform.
18. Sleep. Kids need their rest. Those early mornings trying to catch the school bus? Torture, right? Sleep is important, folks. The need for adequate sleep is especially true when children hit those growth spurts and need an afternoon nap. Homeschooling lets you meet those needs!
19. Teaching kids how to learn instead of teaching to the test is the norm. Strewing is a fantastic springboard to discovering kids interests, and as a result, instills in them the love of learning.
20. Families can visit museums, zoos, nature preserves, and parks any day of the week! Or every day of the week if that’s what you enjoy. Homeschooling is so much more than just sitting at home day in and day out.
Do you have a reason to homeschool that most people don’t think about?