Things Homeschooling is Good At: Benefits of Homeschooling

Lessons on Love of Knowledge and Home

I was homeschooled until college. As some of my friends reached high school, their parents put them into the State establishment but not mine. My high-school years were everything I needed, and I even took the luxury of an extra year before leaving for college.

Many parents feel a pressure to place children in State schools when they approach high-school age. I think it has something to do with the accessibility of sports, programs, or even socialization. I can’t speak to this decision or to the pressures that drive it because I’m not a parent of high-school age children. I can say that I turned out fine.

Here are some of the homeschooling benefits that twelve years provided me with.

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What's one concern you had going into homeschooling?

Homeschooling scares a lot of newcomers, and understandably so. There is a lot to be concerned about, from wondering how your children will fare in social activities to how they will get their PE credits to whether they will stir up too much trouble from being home all the time.

When they first started homeschooling, this homeschool dad and his wife worried about whether or not their children would develop the ability to thinking critically.

Becoming a Great Teacher

One of the obvious, but often overlooked, fundamentals of homeschooling is that once you decide to homeschool, you become a teacher. Most of us begin by thinking that in order to give our children the best education we need to buy the best curricula. However, in all your years of education, did you ever think to yourself, “I love biology because of that great curriculum!” or “I love writing because of that great writing guide!” Chances are, we were never even aware of a curriculum. We loved a subject because of a teacher who inspired us. Chances are, it was a teacher who really loved the subject, brought it to life, and included you in his or her excitement. Also, the teacher may have really liked you, but that part is easy to replicate at home—we already like our students. One might say we love them enough to give our lives for them. In deciding to homeschool you’ve already done that part.

Today, I want to challenge you to change your thinking slightly. Choosing a good curriculum is important, but it’s only a small step.* The big step is to become the very best teacher you can be.

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