More guidance from parents who are (usually) better examples
Interaction with a wide variety of age groups.
Get on better and communicate more effectively with people of different ages.
More opportunities to interact with the community
Less exposure to drugs
Less exposure to smoking.
Less exposure to alcohol. Often when homeschoolers are exposed to these substances, parents can immediately talk children through the morality of different actions and create informed children, rather than letting children traverse the situation by themselves.
Homeschoolers have less exposure to bullying and don’t become hardened to bullying, as is sometimes the case in school.
Homeschoolers are generally held to be better behaved.
Less sexual pressure for girls and boys to become sexualised as is often encouraged by peer pressure. Christian parents can teach boys how to properly court a girl in a Christian manner that doesn’t lead to premature sexual intimacy (and vice versa).
Social groups can be formed with other Christian homeschoolers in the area (often called homeschool coalitions), who are often a better influence than many schoolchildren.
Less exposure to sexting and pornography. So much of sexting and pornography is first encountered in a school setting through school peers.
Spend more time with your children. As John Crudele says, 'Children spell love ‘T-I-M-E’.'
Avoid bad school cultures.
Have more time to lobby political groups and stand up for causes you value (for example, pro-life or homeschooling rights).
Christian homeschoolers can develop a great personal identity, something they find in Christ.
Homeschoolers don’t have to suppress their personal identity to please the crowd.
Because they spend so much time in the Bible, Christian homeschoolers can model their behaviour off scriptural values and off Christ.
Homeschoolers have more respect for authority as their teachers are their parents and their friends. (Dr Michael Mitchell on CBN News).
More mature with well-adapted behaviours. (Dr Thomas Smedley on CBN News).
Less judgmental environment to learn in.
Better socialised (Steven Kelley’s study).
Able to converse with adults with more ease and poise. (Meighan cited in Seago, J. (2012)).
More time to talk through the deep and controversial issues of the day as they arise.
Religious Reasons to Homeschool
Moretime to teach Christianity to children in a non-academic environment. This gives children more of a Christian worldview.
Able to explain how Christian and secular worldviews differ. This creates informed children who are given both sides of the story. So often in (particularly public) school, children are given one side of the story. That is, they’re only given the evolutionist perspective OR only the creationist perspective. Explaining worldviews creates informed kids.
Children see their parent’s faith in actionmore as they are physically present to observe their parents.
Homeschoolers copy their parents more. Homeschoolers have fewer competing moral examples (instead of parents competing with peer and teachers for children’s affections, children look to their parents most for guidance, therefore children become like parents in a homeschooling situation).
Compared to public school, Christian homeschoolsoperate with a Christian worldview, instead of a humanist, secular worldview.
Often less influence from popular culture as parents monitor and help children choose their sources more wisely.
Unlike public schools, Christian homeschools can teach children without giving political deference to other religions. Homeschools don’t need to submit to Enlightenment ideals.
By homeschooling, parents can teach their children that people don’t always need to follow the crowds and can think for themselves on issuesmost people choose to follow the crowd in.
Homeschooled children make great university students and hold more spiritual leadership roles. (Galloway and Sutton, 1997).
Physical Reasons to Homeschool
Homeschoolers are less tired as children (especially teens) can sleep in when schoolchildren are usually starting school. This has been shown to be beneficial to academic achievement. Homeschooled teens were found to sleep for 8.5 hours and school teens for 7 hours (teens should be getting 9 hours sleep a night). (Dr Lisa Metlzer).
Great opportunities to engage with an elite sport more. I regularly cycled for 2 hours during weekdays with my father and siblings during school hours as we trained for state championships (I won all grades at NSW state level in the Under 13s thanks to the homeschooling timetable.)
Classrooms often lack a variety of spaces to study in (stools, couch areas and open areas).
Homeschools avoid a lot of physical, verbal and sexual assault. A huge amount of physical and verbal assault is done at school, however, often children are not able to be punished because of our justice system's laws. (The Australian Bureau of Statistics report teenagers commit about 25 percent of rapes and 40 percent of child sexual assaults.)
Homeschooling parents are able to withhold children from study if they’re not ready for formal education. Parents can wait until their children exhibit a desire to learn before they start academics.
Relational Reasons to Homeschool
As homeschoolers are less tired and less worn out at the end of the day, they’re not as grumpy when they speak to their parents.
Less peer orientation as bonding has not been cut short at young ages, homeschooolers continue to bond with their parents during times when most of their peers are at school.
Family bonds together better as they spend more time with one another and practice getting along more.
Better and closer sibling relationships. I commonly hear children who went to school fight less once they start homeschooling. This was also the case in my family.
Homeschool parents are better able to determine their children’s academic, social and emotional needs and learning style as homeschool parents spend more time in contact with their children than teachers do with their pupils in school. This leads to a good academic experience.
Homeschoolers are often better friends with their parents and less ashamed of hanging out with their parents. It’s not uncommon for homeschooling teenagers to prefer going to the movie with their siblings or parents, compared to their friends, something far rarer in schoolchildren.
If children dislike school, homeschooling can cause children to be very thankful and interpret the parents effort to homeschool them as going ‘above and beyond’ their duty as parents.
Mental Reasons to Homeschool
Many homeschoolers have more of an opportunity to train for an entrepreneurial venture as they progress through homeschooling. Perhaps they might continue their family business which they have learned for a long time as they’ve been homeschooled.
Parents become lifelong learners and get to stimulate their own love of learning alongside their children.
Avoid exhausted kids as homeschoolers don’t have to spend 6 hours everyday outside home in an (often) stressful environment. Australian children spend unnecessarily long hours in school compared to other OECD countries (who often do better academically. Hours at school doesn’t correlate to academic performance).
Create God-correct, not politically-correct children.
Avoid boring or unsatisfying subjects.
Homeschoolers have a better sense of self-concept (Self-concept is an idea of the self we hold concerning ourselves because of beliefs we hold about ourselves plus the responses of others about us.) (Piers-Harris Children’s Self-Concept Scale.)
Homeschoolers have lower anxiety levels compared to schoolchildren. (Piers-Harris Children’s Self-Concept Scale.)
Homeschoolers have more contact with parental love. (Piers-Harris Children’s Self-Concept Scale.)
The homeschooling environment is well suited to bringing out a child’s genius.
Homeschoolers don’t have to waste time on the HSC or other end of school exams.
Homeschoolers get to learn in a less critical and more encouraging environment as parents often teach children with more responsiveness and children don’t have to put up with (sometimes) critical peers.
Parents can teach what they think is valuable in the curriculum and largely skip areas they deem unimportant.
Homeschoolers aren’t required to go at the speed of the slowest person in the classroom. They can adjust their academic speed to suit their pace.
Avoid NAPLAN (and other similar) tests which are extremely stressful for some students. NAPLAN testing is political and said by many teachers to cause undue stress.
Homeschoolers can do subjects they might not be able to if they went to school.
Practical Reasons to Homeschool
Great opportunity to do life in a realistic setting as children copy their parents.
Do anatomy and physiology on real animals if you have pets or live on a farm (or you can do animal dissection studies from a butcher). Robert Kunzman talks about how one family did animal dissection anatomy on their elk farm. They also learned how to vaccinate, castrate and tend for the elk on their farm in other ways. Kunzman said this experience beat his high school science dissection of a frog in the classroom.
Homeschoolers experience less red tape as excessive bureaucratic law is imposed less on homeschooling families in comparison with schools.
Active children can physically wear themselves out and therefore later concentrate better on their studies. Children are not usually required to sit still for extended periods of time as formal homeschooling study usually only takes 3-4 hours on average. Therefore, homeschooling reduces (perhaps sometimes cures?) ADHD.
No travelling to school required. This makes for more flexible days and often more relaxed Mums. Antoinette, who lived 15 minutes away from her children’s school, said homeschooling her kids was easier than getting them ready for school dropoff in the morning and picking them up in the evening. She described dropoff and pickup time as ‘chaos’.
Sex education can be done with more gravity and is more about prevention, rather than dealing with sex after the fact.
Travelling with homeschoolers is far easier and more convenient, allowing parents to go on extended trips overseas or even engage in missionary work.
Homeschooling can be cheaper than daycare or private school (especially if you have lots of kids!)
Homeschooling is great for parents living in remote areas like farms.
More time to serve the church as a family.
Homeschoolers have a higher level of independence and family involvment.
Learn great leadership skills.
Learn great on-the-job skills.
More time for other family activities as children are not always at school.
More time for extra-curricular activities.
Homeschooling is a great way to teach children to be frugal, as they watch parents make everyday decisions about their finances.
Homeschooling families have a more self-determined lifestyle.
More flexibility so you can skip some school days and make up lost academic hours on other days.
More holidays and holidays are able to be taken outside of formal school holidays!
Avoid the school peak hour and stressed Mums in SUVs.
Disabled, Gifted and Special Needs Reasons to Homeschool
Often homeschooling parents are better specialised in their child’s disability or special need compared to many teachers who may not be trained or able to (given time restraints) deal with all special needs.
Individualised attention meets the needs of disabled, gifted and special needs students better than classroom teachers.
Disruptive calming methods autistic children use won't disrupt other schoolchildren if autistic children are homeschool (or bring wrath to autistic children due to angry glances from teachers and other students).
Rest from over-socialisation. Autistic children might benefit from this in particular, but over-socialisation is an issue very rarely dealt with for neurotypical (perhaps less extroverted) students.