More and more people are turning to educating their own children at home. It's not an easy option, but it does have many advantages. These are some of the benefits of educating your own children at home and not sending them to school.
When your children are very small they believe everything that is said to them. You teach them your beliefs, but when they go to school they are exposed to a wide variety of other views. If you want your children to follow your beliefs you can keep them at home and teach them your values in life and not other people's.
You can also teach your children a wide variety of non school subjects as part of your curriculum. Most high schools teach 6 subjects, most homeschoolers teach 10-12 different subjects.
Your time is also flexible. You don't have to teach from 8am to 3pm 180 days a year. You can choose the books that you use, you don't have to use the same ones they use in schools.
Better quality of education
More and more studies are being done that show homeschoolers perform better than their counterparts in public school. They are winning spelling bees, geography bees and excelling in standardized tests too.
Children can work at their own speed
Schools are designed for the average child. Those above or below average do not thrive. In a homeschool environment all children can work at their own pace and go faster or slower as they wish. Time isn't wasted for the brighter child when he waits for others to catch up, and the rest of the class doesn't go ahead leaving the struggling child behind.
Environment is not so stressful
I've heard so many parents say that getting their children ready for school is very stressful, but homeschoolers do away with that stress. Sometimes they do teach in pajamas, but no one minds. Isn't it nicer for the child to start the day slowly with a cuddle from mom?
Freedom with field trips
Without the rigid school year calendar, homeschoolers are able to do more field trips and longer trips. I've known homeschoolers travel for 6-8 weeks at a time, and homeschool for the duration. You can't do that with a child in school. Other homeschoolers do school for 4 days a week and go on field trips one day a week. If you have the concept that you are the child's teacher then you can homeschool many times and places other than at home during the day.
Computers and other Equipment
Schools are known for being underfunded and not having the latest in technology. When you are dealing with a few children it's easier to update your technology more frequently.
Families get along better
Sending your children to school creates individual people with their own group of friends. When you homeschool siblings become friends and families are closer. If there is any tension between siblings it is dealt with. For the child in school with lots of homework, there often isn't time to work on relationship issues within the family. Homeschoolers have better relationships with their parents if they are homeschooled through the teenage years.
Create thinkers, not rote learners
Children in school are taught to fill in answers in pre-formatted worksheets and not ask any questions. Homeschoolers are more creative and future entrepreneurs. As more people homeschool we will create more future leaders.
Learn from real books, not textbooks
Many homeschoolers use real books, called living books, instead of textbooks. What the child has read stays with the child a lot longer.
Learn at the child's best time
School starts too early for most children. Many are not at their best first thing in the morning. With homeschooling you can work at your child's best time of the day. So if your child is a night owl, you can work in the evening.
Homeschoolers are sociable with people of all ages
When you are in school and you only mix with children of your own age, then you become only able to mix with children of the same age. It's a delight to see homeschoolers playing with children of all ages and socializing with adults with no reserve. In fact, it's a delight to go into a homeschool environment and have the children show you their latest interest or project.
When life and school are at home there is less difference between home life and school life. For younger children who have difficulties with transitions homeschool is easier for them.
No school fundraisers
Schools are so short of money that they are always doing fundraisers, so that sometimes it appears the purpose of the child going to school is to raise money for the school and not to be educated.
No junk food at lunchtime
Schools serve junk food at lunchtime and don't try and educate their children in the way of healthy eating. With homeschooling you can guide them in healthy eating because you are with them more.
Older children can teach the younger children
It is when you teach a subject that you really learn it. In a large family it is good for all children if the older children help with the younger ones.
Better preparation for college
A while ago colleges didn't like homeschoolers, but now they are keen to recruit them. The reason is that they have the skill of learning for themselves and that's a great skill to have in college.
Your children can still learn when they are sick
When children are in school, they either have a school day or they don't. With homeschooling if the children are feeling sick they can watch an educational DVD or listen to a book on CD and still be learning.
Special needs children get the extra help they need
Parents of special needs children wonder if they can homeschool, but even though they don't have the professional qualification, they have the time and patience to work with their own children. I've known quite a number of special needs children do really well at home.
Home is a safe place to be
There are no school shootings in the homeschool environment, except on video games that is.
Homeschooling is more than just education, it is a lifestyle. When mom devotes her life to her children, surely they must thrive as a result.