The advantages of homeschooling are countless, numerous, and ever-evolving. It is an exciting educational alternative that grows by hundreds of thousands each year. Those who dare to try it soon realize that it is the most worthwhile endeavor they will ever attempt.
Time and Money – Public schools are inefficient and waste precious time. It has been discovered that material that takes days to cover in public schools can be covered in a matter of hours and put to practical use immediately in a homeschool setting. No longer is hard-earned money dispensed for special uniforms/clothing, accessories or costly school supplies.
Promoting the Family Unit – Families are unified and learn to respect each other. Siblings work together instead of against each other. There is a generation bridge instead of a generation gap; in other words there is a better communication/dialogue between parents and students. Paramount to all of this is the family’s ability and freedom to practice their religious beliefs as well as instilling values and morals that will not be in competition with questionable, negative, and unethical ones.
Resources – Community resources can be utilized any time of the day. For example, just consider the possibilities of libraries, museums, church events, garage sales, and stores that are at the homeschooler’s disposal. Also consider the amount of resources within the home that are often more efficient and better than school resources (e.g., maps, computers, internet, books, measuring cups and other types of tool and accessories that relate to real life).
Real Life and Socialization – Homeschooling is reality based; the curriculum is “real life.” Public schools institutionalize children by restricting activities (i.e., sitting quietly for long periods of time), monitoring behavior, and pitting age-related groups against each other. They also label and compare children. Childhood is a time of exploration; this can best be done through movement/exercise and adventure. Socialization takes place everywhere. Wherever there are people, there are opportunities for interaction with other human beings.
Structure, True Learning, and Retaining Knowledge and Experiences – Structured scheduling is gone because homeschooling is a flexible educational approach. Kids learn by doing instead of by merely observing. The child is learning instead of being taught. Homeschoolers retain what they learn, whereas public-school children, who have been trained and taught to the test, do not. The information holds no value. Therefore, once the test is over, the information is forgotten. Homeschooling understands that the adult cannot fit the child to the learning; the learning must be fitted to the child.
Confidence, Achievement and Success – True happiness, in anyone, is proportional to their achievements. Homeschooled children develop self-reliance, confidence, and independence. Their skills are honed through outreach, employment and volunteerism. They are not enabled by the government-subsidized institutions through which many can never escape. They become entrepreneurs and discover and create their own economic reality based on their passions, skills and gifts. Liberated from the institution of compulsory attendance, they have the time to find their vocational happiness.