Parents give many reasons for homeschooling their children: school environment, bullying, special needs, less-than-stellar instruction…the list goes on. Here are a few less obvious advantages of homeschooling.
Family needs determine their schedules, not the desires of school board members.
Family time is not relegated to a few hours after a very long day, after wrestling their children through a few hours of homework and before the early bedtime needed to get up in order to be ready to spend forty-five minutes on a bus.
Libraries, museums, and local attractions benefit from homeschooling families’ frequent field trips.
Homeschoolers can take vacations anytime, not just in the same few months that most other families are crowding the destinations. This means that museums, beaches and parks are less crowded.
Late-night events, such as nights spent outside with a telescope and midnight Harry Potter showings don’t lead to truancy.
Many stores, museums, and other places offer educator discounts. These are usually available to homeschoolers!
Parents who have alternative work schedules can adapt their kids’ schedules so that they can spend time together regularly.
Kids have more opportunity to play outside and experience nature. It may be hard to take twenty-five kids to the lake weekly to observe the changes of the seasons, but it is very easy to take the students of one very private home academy.
The windows in private houses usually open. In many schools, they don’t. If a family’s air conditioner breaks down, it usually gets fixed quickly, without waiting until a bond passes while making children attend school in ninety degree weather with no relief.
Children who are homeschooled can look adults in the eye.
Kids are free to follow their own passions. Schools tend to provide cursory overviews of various subjects, while real thinking requires in-depth knowledge.
Kids are not forced to brave he Fashion Police, and parents aren’t forced to spend way to much on clothes that are exactly like everyone else’s.
Kids learn to seek information and teach themselves. Many parents have the goal of equipping their children with the tools needed to acquire knowledge and then getting out of the way.
Homeschooled children can progress according to their own abilities, not according to a random survey of kids their age. They can be in one ‘grade level’ in one subject and be a few years ahead in another.
Young people can start college when they are ready – at twelve or at twenty.
In order to excel in the new world of information, one must be able to think outside the box. This is much easier if one has never been held captive inside the box to begin with.