Ever wondered whether you should homeschool? To know this, you need to know the pros and cons of homeschooling. In this article, we're going to go through the advantages of homeschooling and it's (perceived) disadvantages, many of which can be overcome.
What are the Pros of Homeschooling?
Educational Liberty is a Pro of Homeschooling
Homeschooling gives children and parents a choice of curriculum that can be more flexible or structured depending on parent's and children's needs.
Through a tailored curriculum, homeschooling families are not forced to be educated in a way that opposes their faith choices.
They also can pick subjects that interest them, thereby increasing engagement and curiosity in their children.
Homeschooling families are also able to mix older students with younger students as siblings interact in a natural homeschooling family environment.
Through involvement in homeschool coalitions, homeschooling can provide a superior socialisation experience.
Physical Freedom is a Pro of Homeschooling
Children experience a more physically flexible environment at home as they are not restricted to a classroom, but can play and run off their energies more at home.
They can choose their study positions (on the floor, table or sitting in an armchair) and often spend significantly less time in formal study compared to school (approximately 3 hours compared to 6 or 7).
This is simply because (a lot of the time) they spend more time together.
A homeschoolers best friend is much more likely to be a family member instead of a school friend.
Homeschoolers seem to trust and value their parents opinions more than their peers in school.
Because homeschoolers trust and respect their parents more, they fight with their parents less and seek their wisdom more.
Homeschools Offer Stability for Children Over Difficult Times
As teenagers grow older, they need more emotional support from their parents as they figure life out as an adult. Christian home schools seem to provide emotional support exceptionally well.
(This may have a lot to do with the extra time spent together and the lack of negative and confusing peer influences that often come from school peers.)
A Christian homeschoolers worldview is usually less confused as they've had consistent input from one source, instead of the many schoolchildren often receive.
Therefore, they more often seek to mimic the example of their parents.
Avoiding Unnecessary Homework or Filler Work is a Pro of Homeschooling
Although the amount of time in a complete school day varies for each homeschooler (depending on what parents want), the majority of homeschoolers spend only about three hours in formal schooling each day.
This gives homeschoolers time to focus on extracurricular activities like sports, music and art.
Traveling While Homeschooling is an Advantage
Homeschooling allows parents the flexibility of travelling with their children.
Families can travel to different countries while continuing their children's educational experience.
For missionaries or overseas ambassadors, homeschooling provides a great opportunity for families to experience different cultures and ways of living.
However, homeschooling parents will have to give up one income as (usually) the mother stays home and educates children.
This change often requires sacrifice and a great passion to homeschool on the part of both parents.
Lack of Some of the Normal Opportunities Offered in School
Some argue homeschoolers lack the normal opportunities most children experience when they attend school.
Critics argue homeschoolers don't have science labs, team sports or private school connections.
This isn't always true, but may be the case for some.
I believe this is a small issue and is made up for by the fact that homeschoolers have so many other opportunities that are not available to schoolchildren.
Homeschoolers have the opportunity to join community art classes, where the standard of art is much higher than that offered in school.
They can join community language classes, local adult sports teams and get yearly memberships to parks and wildlife ranches or science centers, like Questacon.
Homeschooling Can be Stressful if Done Wrong
Parents can experience homeschooling stress in many ways.
The top five stressors were found to be overwhelming responsibility, dealing with their homeschooled child's lack of behavior and motivation, confusion over finding the 'right' curriculum, stereotypes/stigmas over homeschooling, distractions and extras.
These can be countered individually and turned into positives.