Homeschooling is a global progressive movement in which parents have the opportunity to give their children the needed education at home instead of enrolling them in a public or private school.
Homeschooling is chosen by families because of a series of reasons, including dissatisfaction with educational options, differing religious or educational philosophies, and the belief that children are not progressing within the traditional school structure. There are many benefits of homeschooling to both the parents and the child.
Homeschooling provides flexible education as per the child’s needs and this way, parents can focus more on the pain areas by devoting extra time. All this, in turn, helps in strengthening the academic base of the student. And this is one of the benefits of homeschooling, and this is why it is believed that homeschoolers are more consistent and better performers at the university level.
In time memorial, homeschooling was not accepted and was not taken seriously, but it has since been accepted. Homeschooled children are often more socially adjusted to work in groups. They develop interpersonal skills and become leaders due to their interactions with other students in co-ops or other extracurricular activities.
One of the interesting parts about homeschooling is that it isn’t age-restricted. There is a lot of intermingling across ages and with many different adults. Since we are able to be out more often in doing daily life, my kids know how to talk with adults and ask for help, whether in a store or an educational situation. They also get to work with kids that are older and younger than themselves and adapt to the learning needs/knowledge that each has to offer. This is one of the benefits of homeschooling.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of homeschooling children?
There are many pros. If I had time I could make this list much longer. My first two homeschool grads went to IvyLeagues. The third homeschool grad was just inducted into the USNaval Academy. Good universities LOVE home-educated kids who have worked hard and who have made the most of the extraordinary benefits of this unique choice.
Homeschooling can be the best decision a family could possibly make. It can also potentially be the worst. Got that? Great! Let’s get into it
A few of the advantages of homeschooling are as follows:
- You’ll have more time to sleep
- A healthful diet is eaten
- They don’t need to worry too much about what his/her peers will think
- There will be plenty of time to study, write, learn and think
- There will be time to excel in a particular area like, sport, science competitions, debate, music performance
- A transcript can be attained at 12th grade, which can be differentiated against the commonplace, cookie-cutter transcripts of his/her peers
- he will be able to travel and incorporate that into his learning and his high school credits
- she will be able to build true friendships — not too many friendships — not Facebook friendships — but real friendships
- he will know what to think about the changing world because he will develop his own thoughts
- she will feel free of the oppression …of never-ending evaluations, tests, placement schemes, and, overall, the public education caste system
- he will be more attractive to a college because colleges know that home-educated kids have learned how to learn — they have not been spoonfed.
- There will be time for regular exercise
- Small study groups will be benefited enormously.
- You will have a piece of full knowledge of how your child learns.
- Being an integral part of your child’s learning is extremely rewarding.
- You could possibly save money in “Back to School” expenses that could be reinvested in your child’s education.
- You can go at your child’s pace, not one set by the class.
- You can create a good schedule that is aimed at your child’s learning.
- Planning family vacation just got easier- your books and classroom travel. Make learning a culture. Learn everywhere you go!
- Field trips can be more frequent and coordinated with local homeschool coops or based on your child’s learning needs.
- School can be inside or out. Be creative! You can be structured and creative at the same time.
- It usually takes less time each day to homeschool versus traditional classrooms because you will not have driving time or cafeteria time and special activities where groups line up. Things like that take time
Some parents or students strongly do not believe in this homeschooling but It is rightly believed that homeschooling might not be as good as a traditional school system which might not be good for everyone.
- I’ve honestly met some quality teachers in the time that my children have attended public school. My kids have had to learn to work in different personalities and adapt. That is a good thing!
- Some homeschool curriculum is expensive. Spend the time to learn what program is a good match for your child so you don’t waste your money. Attend the homeschool conventions, talk to other parents, etc..
- Time and effort are taken by homeschooling and this has made it not to be easy.
- You and your child will be exhausted as a result of the time spent together because it has been all day.
- It will be required of you to make sure the teachings are fun because it takes effort but you will present it in a structured way.
- You won’t be the jack of all trades. The internet is readily available to make research where you can learn some new things to teach your children.
- Homeschool can be isolating, BUT it usually is not, as long as the parent is willing to set up social opportunities. We homeschooled one of our children, and, trust me, she is more than fine. You just have to be aware to plan activities, volunteer, and get out and about.
- Most parents (not all) lack the training to recognize learning disabilities or other academic deficits.
- Not all parents are sufficiently disciplined to ensure that enough work gets done each day, week, and year.
- It’s difficult to gain the perspective necessary to know how a child is progressing when he or she is usually the only one in his or her grade level.
- Teaching a child subjects that are challenging to him or to her can place a strain on the already potentially difficult parent-child dynamic.
- A child who is homeschooled has only the perspective of what is customary or considered normal in his own family. It’s not a very broad perspective.
How do homeschooled kids get chances to socialize with other kids?
Many opportunities are available to homeschooled kids to socialize with different people of different ages and their public schooled peers and this is one of the benefits of homeschooling.
Since there is no time wasted on logistics, homeschoolers are often done a full day’s work in 2 to 3 hours, so they actually have time to socialize.
In contrast, in many public schools today, there is no recess and the kids aren’t even allowed to talk to each other at lunch. They are herded in groups by age, regardless of interest or ability.
At homeschool field trips (say 1 to 2 days per week), they interact with kids of all ages … and adults … very naturally. While you will often see kids who are close in an age group together, you will also see kids with common interests but quite disparate ages from groups – for example, kids who are interested in robotics versus kids interested in music.
When they hit college, they have less of the “wasted first year” syndrome because homeschooling is much more like a university in its expectations than public school is. Colleges and universities actively seek out homeschooled students because, on average, they are better prepared socially.
Is homeschooling better for mental health?
No, unless the child is being treated cruelly by classmates for things beyond that child’s control. If that is the case then homeschooling is just great which is what most parents do not know about the benefits of homeschooling. Children need socialization and to learn from interacting with one another.
They also need to learn how to play together which is part of socialization. So no it is not necessarily better for a child’s mental health to be homeschooled.
Realistically, it varies by child, their local school, and what their home is like. There are many kids who do very well in public schools, while there are also many of us who did not. Likewise, there are many who were abused at home and/or at school.
It’s impossible to say conclusively that one or the other is 100% better for mental health; but, when the home is safe/healthy and they have ready access to the internet, I would say that homeschooling is better all-around.
How do you manage to homeschool? Is it hard (financially)?
It’s not exactly hard financially, it’s easier if you have the finances so that one of your parents can stay home and help teach you. I can really say it is one of the benefits of homeschooling.
Alexander, one of my friends.
Now, for my (more well thought out) answer:
It really depends. “Proper” homeschooling requires money to buy books or a computer, and probably some wifi.
There are plenty of public home-schooling opportunities, however. A few of them are Primavera, k12, Sequoia Choice. K12 is nationwide and possibly worldwide. Because these are public, they are free.
Of course, my friend Alex is right too. It also helps if your parents are able to stay home. Mine, as you might know, isn’t. It just means I take on a bit more responsibility.
Benefits of homeschooling during covid
I think of a couple of benefits of homeschooling during covid is togetherness and being in the moment. Most of the time during the day, my teen would just be at school and I would miss her, but I went off to work.
Now that I have to homeschool, I get to talk with her more and be present in her life. I love looking at her school projects and cheering her on as she completes some of the most difficult work that she has ever done.
Is the public school or homeschooling better for you and why?
benefits of homeschooling vs public schooling
I am a high schooler who has been having been homeschooled my whole life-That being said life couldn’t get any better for me! You may be thinking “Oh, so she doesn’t know anything about public school “. Well, I know PLENTY of public schoolers, most of whom go on and on about hating school, you don’t hear much of that from homeschoolers.
My one friend in particular, who went to public school then became homeschooled last year, once stated How her teachers would curse at her, her teachers do not explain anything thoroughly, How much time is wasted in the classroom waiting for other students to catch up, and how many bullies there were and teachers not doing anything about them, etc. so I’ll say that there are much more benefits of homeschooling.
So anyway here is my list of why I believe Homeschooling is the better choice over public school:
- You are not exposed to cursing and bullies each and every day.
- You work at your own pace.
- Studies show homeschoolers have a better understanding of the material/get higher grades than the average public schooler
- You have more family time and bonding (being in the same house all day with each other)
- For everyone who thinks homeschoolers are “unsocialized” I, along with most homeschoolers participate in a homeschool co-op, as well as sports, clubs and theater, scouts, etc, So I would definitely not call homeschoolers “unsocial”.
- You don’t have to take God out of everything like the pledge of allegiance for example (really?). Whatever religion you are you can include that in your day.
- Homeschoolers get more work done in a shorter amount of time than public schoolers, who waste so much time in a school day.
- Homeschool schooldays are more flexible which means We can have a part-time job and still do our schoolwork later in the afternoon. I for one babysit and petsit, for a lot of people cause they don’t know many others who can help them out in the morning hours. So we get a lot of jobs and make a lot of money (Ka-ching!), while still getting a good education.
- And last, people may say “Homeschoolers are cut off from the world.” I believe it is actually the other way around, the public schoolers who sit in classrooms 8hrs a day 5 days a week. Since when did one classroom become the “real world” How much more cut off could you get! These are the benefits of homeschooling
Are there tax deductions for homeschooling?
I see lots of questions about homeschooling. In the US, schools are paid for in most part by the taxes paid by local residents, then there is some state-wide cost-sharing depending on where you live and then there are some Federal disbursements that filter down to the local level.
If parents are truly homeschooling or sending a child to a private school there are some savings to the school districts and I believe the parents may qualify for some tax relief. I have never had the time to homeschool nor the money for private education so I am not well-versed in the details.
However, the spate of homeschooling questions makes me think the questioners are not asking about homeschooling but rather about the inconvenience or expenses associated with virtual or distance learning. A family who receives curriculum and instruction from the school is not homeschooling.
It is likely costing all our public schools more not less in handling the ever-changing requirements to meet the government directives to cope with the CoViD-19 response.
Having children is expensive and inconvenient. This pandemic response has highlighted that for many of us. I am so glad my children are both grown and almost flown.
What are the psychological and social consequences of homeschooling?
I just think schools are better than home school because the kids need to be amongst other kids.
It’s good to learn more different subjects than the few they’d get at home.
Plenty other things too, like swimming, p.e, trips, playtimes, music class, school plays, report days, it’s all so nice to sit in an assembly with all the children and staff, sports days, going to other schools. etc.
So one consequence could be that the child doesn’t know how to socialize, with other kids his age or not.
Conclusion: Why You Should Be Giving Homeschooling a Try
Homeschooling is a great way to teach your children and give them the best start in life.
The methods of homeschooling may vary, but there are three main benefits that all forms of homeschooling share:
1) A smaller class size.
2) A more personalized curriculum.
3) Increased parental involvement and accountability (Loftus).
Some educators argue that by removing children from the socialization opportunities provided by the school, parents are hurting their children socially, educationally, and psychologically (Sousa).
However, this is not always the case. Children who attend public schools can also be prone to bullying and exclusion.
If you’re considering giving homeschooling a try for your child, we hope this article has helped you get started!