Posted June 8, 2015

Benefits of Homeschooling

As a homeschool graduate, I am often asked what are the benefits of homeschooling? What did I get out of it, and do I wish I had gone to public or private school? There are three benefits of homeschooling that really helped me enjoy my K-12 experience, and made it so I can emphatically say I am glad I was homeschooled. It provided me with the flexibility to pursue my interest, it taught me how to study, and it taught me how to socialize with others.

The first benefit of homeschooling is that it provides flexibility to pursue your interest. You want to be a scientist; you can find a local business to intern at when your friends are locked away in a school building. You want to go on vacation, you donít have to ask the school principle if you can take your kids with you to see your family or a famous museum or just relax by the ocean. If you are struggling to learn a subject, you donít have to move to another room when the bell rings. The biggest benefit of homeschooling is the freedom it gives you and your family.

The second benefit of homeschooling is that it taught me how to study. The nature of homeschooling is that you learn how to be self-taught. You learn how to look up terms, find more examples if you donít understand something, or even search out an expert who does what you are researching for a living. After all, you arenít being controlled by someone elseís clock. I think this eased my transition into college because I had already developed great study skills. This is also why anyone can homeschool their child through high school. The student learns how to study, and parents donít have to be experts at everythingÖjust encouragers of good study skills.

The third benefit of homeschooling is that it teaches you how to socialize. Yes, the exact question everyone wonders about is actually a benefit of being homeschooled. Think about your interactions today, did you hang out with 30 people your exact same age and socio economic background? Homeschooling allows you to interact with adults and children of different ages, children their same age, and many other people of different ages, demographics and experiences. Since you arenít forced into a room with 30 peers, you learn how to talk to new people, and how to interact with people of all types. Homeschool students actually look you in the eye when they talk to you. It is amazing.

What benefit of homeschooling do you enjoy the most? Or, what do you think you will enjoy? There are plenty of other benefits, but these three resonate with most people. Live life to the fullest, you canít do that sitting at a desk 8 hours a day and moving when a bell tells you to move. You can, however, achieve this through homeschooling!

Author: Robert Bortins



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