I thought it was high time I shared the kid version of the unexpected benefits – you know, with my quirky sense of humor flair. Because that’s just how we roll around here.
What are the benefits of homeschooling for kids?
1. You’re always the smartest kid in the class. I mean, you may have siblings, but unless you’re a twin or other multiple, you’re probably the smartest kid in your class.
2. You’re always the teacher’s pet. Again, you may have to share the spotlight with siblings, but you’re always one of your teacher’s favorites.
3. You never have to wait in the cold or rain at the bus stop. Enough said, yes?
4. You’re practically a member of the school board. You probably have at least some input on curriculum, extracurricular activities, and the school calendar. You probably don’t even have to lobby not to have art funding cut.
5. Your birthday is always a school holiday. Forget Washington and Lincoln! When you homeschool, you get your birthday off. This is one of those times in which having siblings comes in handy – because you get their birthdays off, too!
6. You’re in the popular crowd. I mean, really, everybody in your school knows who you are.
7. You never have to sit on a carpet square during recess. Because, oh my gosh, your mom would go crazy if you didn’t go outside to burn off some energy.
8. Nobody teases you if you bring your stuffed animals to school or show up in a superhero costume. Because, let’s face it, sometimes math is easier with a buddy – or when you’re Iron Man.
9. It’s not so bad getting called on to read aloud in front of the class. After all, it’s usually just your mom, your siblings, and the dog.
10. If you get stuck on cafeteria duty, you only have a few dishes to wash, not hundreds of trays. Plus, you can probably listen to music while you work or rattle off some spelling words so you’ve got extra free time in the afternoon.
What would your kids add as one of the unexpected – and slightly humorous – benefits of homeschool?
Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.