When parents who homeschool are asked to list the top 10 benefits of homeschooling, they have a hard time narrowing it down to just that many. Their kids get plenty of sleep since they don’t have to wake up early to catch the bus. They never have to worry about their children being bullied. Children aren’t exposed to every cold and virus that circulates on campus, or to the cruelty, gossip and worldly influences of public school. They’re free to discover who they are without the influence of peer pressure, and they never have to eat cafeteria food. But for most parents, the benefits of homeschooling go much deeper.
Public (and even private) school teachers have to teach large groups of students at a time. Curriculum and schedules are developed to serve a wide range of interests and abilities. As a result, teachers focus most of their instruction right in the middle. The children who struggle to learn, and the children who are extremely gifted often don’t have their needs met.
State standards continue to tighten, and teachers feel extreme pressure to improve test scores. Administrators prioritize academic achievement and some students get lost in the shuffle.
Homeschooling lets parents teach in ways that best fit their children’s personalities and learning styles. If one child is dyslexic and the other struggles with science, parents can put extra effort into filling those gaps.
If your child doesn’t learn to read according to norms, you don’t have to move on until they do. If they have a hard time with a math concept, parents can find videos, real-world examples and games that illustrate what they don’t understand.
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Character Training Opportunities
Critics of homeschooling say if kids don’t have to interact with a large group of peers, they won’t develop social skills. The truth is that homeschooling provides opportunities to instill considerate behavior, responsibility, obedience, hard work, patience, and more. When parents send their children to school every day, they don’t have a chance to shape those interactions. At home, they do.
Spiritual Benefits of Homeschooling
Deuteronomy 6:6-9 admonishes parents to teach scripture to their children at every opportunity. Ephesians 6:4 advises fathers to bring children up in the “training and admonition of the Lord.” Both passages emphasize that parents are responsible for their children’s spiritual training. Homeschooling lets parents allow God to permeate every aspect of their child’s life, including their academic education.
States mandate what public schools must teach. Sex and drug education start in early grades because officials know even very young children are exposed to things from which they should be protected. Homeschooling lets you decide when and how you’ll present sensitive topics to your kids.
When you explain where life came from, you’re free to say God created it. When your children do come to the point where they ask about subjects such as abortion or same-sex marriage, you can use the Bible as the source for what you believe.
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Free Homeschooling Resources
Parents are free to seek out and try a variety of resources to find what works best for their child, which is another great thing about homeschooling. PureFlix.com offers a variety of educational content fit for many ages. Sign up for a one-month free trial to unlock educational series, such as Drive Thru History: America, a riveting look into our nation's past.