1. Homeschooling allows the parents to have maxim input into their children's lives. The parent will be the one to mold their thinking, their value system, and their work habits.
2. Home schooling gives the child an opportunity to excel without waiting on the rest of the class. Too often in our public schools a lesson has to be repeated many times before moving on even though your child may understand the problem. On the other hand there is a possibility that your child may not completely grasp a math concept. That does not mean that he is academically stunted. (All children walk and talk at different ages.) Home schooling gives the child the opportunity to repeat necessary items and skip things that he has already mastered. Public schools may not be able to meet your child's needs.
3. Home schooling gives the parent an opportunity to provide immediate feedback. In a regular classroom, by the time some papers are returned, the child is already several chapters ahead. The child is unable to profit from his mistake to his best advantage. Many times in a regular classroom the child does not get an immediate correction so that he can understand the mistake and hopefully not make the same mistake on the next test. Home schoolers do get an immediate feedback.
4. Public schools are dumbing down. The majority of our students in America score much lower than our European or Asian neighbors. The 3 R's have almost disappeared from our academic scene. I am afraid that if you ask students today to define the 3 R's they would answer Recycle, Reuse, and Reduce. Sports and feel-good activities crowd the classroom teacher's time. The classroom door must have top quality hinges because someone is constantly coming or going to band, speech, drama, art or the computer lab. (All of these may be important but not at the expense of reading, writing, and arithmetic.)
5. The public school curriculum has huge gaps that are sometimes never closed. Example: Even though a group of third graders have not mastered the multiplication tables, they must keep plowing ahead in order to finish the book. In many classrooms there are few teachers that insist that the student must know his multiplication facts before he attempts to divide. I was shocked to read an article in a 2001 Reader's Digest that stated some shocking reports concerning the science curriculum and the textbooks used. A group of independent professionals was assigned the task of critiquing twelve of the most popular science books. Over five hundred mistakes were found in these popular selected science textbooks. One of the most glaring was that one text placed the equator in Texas.
6. Home schooling gives children a chance to be just that "children." Unfortunately our children are forced to rush and hurry at an early age. Some student's schedules are booked from morning to night. There are so many after school activities that our children are expected to do. When they enter the door after a long eight to eight schedule, there is homework that must be done. The great news about home schooling is that you are free in the early afternoon. This leaves plenty of time to swing on a swing and watch the clouds float by. I really wonder how many of today's pre-teens have ever observed the clouds and taken the time to imagine how many funny shapes and designs the formation of the clouds produce. Home schooling allows the parents an opportunity to recapture childhood for their children.
7. No wasted time. For the most part, in the public school, the classroom teacher's day is a day of agony. The teacher goes from one discipline situation to another. When you are home schooling, time is not wasted disciplining five students while trying to keep the other twenty-five on task. This does not mean that you will never have to discipline your child. Your day can be scheduled for a productive time with your children. Home schoolers can accomplish coursework much faster than the length of time that it takes a public school or some private schools to do the same amount of work. It is not uncommon for home schoolers to be able to end their day before one o'clock. My children liked to finish early so that when their peers got off the bus, they could go out to play. (We started our school day at 8:15.) Remember: The more organized you are the more time you will have available to you. Purchase a little notebook and list your objectives each day. At the end of the day put checks by the items that you accomplished. Believe it or not, this is a great way to save time. An established routine will make your day and your children's day run so much smoother. Your goal is to establish a routine so that even your youngest can soon work independently.
8. There are no redbirds, bluebirds and woodpeckers when you home school. Labeling is not available. "I'm smarter than you are" has little chance to rear its ugly head. Your child's self-image is damaged more than you may care to realize because of comments made by some bully or less thoughtful person. I am always amazed at the many parents that choose not to home school because they feel that they cannot insulate their children from the real world. If the parents are consistent with their home school teaching, I can assure you that home schooling gives the student an opportunity to be better prepared for the reality of life. Your child's speech patterns and writing ability will be more highly acceptable in today's work force. Home schooling is not a cocoon environment. There are many home school clubs in almost every community. These clubs provide activities and field trips that are age appropriate for your child.
9. Home schooling gives me a wonderful opportunity to be flexible. This does not mean that I sleep till nine. It does mean that if an interesting exhibit is in our area we can all go on a field trip one-day during the week when the exhibit may not be as crowded as on a weekend. I can arrange dentist and doctor appointments, piano lessons, etc. at a time that is best for our family.
10. Home schooling may be easier than trying to do homework from another school. Many times as parents we do not understand how to do the assignment the way the teacher explained it. Haven't you heard the statement, "My teacher does not do it like that."
11. Sports. I will attempt to discuss this in the pro and con section of this book. It is unfortunate that so many (if not all) of our public schools center the scheduling and activities based on what is best for the athletic director. Many of the private schools (especially the Christian based) allow home schoolers to participate in sporting events The sports program may be your key factor in determining whether or not to home school. My main comment here would be that you need to be sure that your child wants to pursue this area of his life and that this is not the parent's dream. I have seen so many parents decide that their child is going to play sports. I am reminded of a personal friend of one of my sons. He was built (even in sixth grade) as the ideal football player. Students and some faculty members ridiculed the boy because he was not interested in sports. The question of home schooling may boil down to the fact of whether you want a productive education or a four year "place in the sun" for your family. Many home school students are on really good teams. I am familiar with a home school team that won the state basketball team of the year for our area.
12. No more peddling or begging. Home schooling means no more fundraisers. Your child will not be intimidated because he did not sell five boxes of chocolate to the neighbors or fifteen magazine subscriptions to the relatives who may or may not ever receive them.
13. Discipline. The dictionary defines this word as "training of mind and character." Also it states that it means " a trained condition of order and obedience, to bring under control." Before you consider if you should home school your child, you need to give yourself a discipline grade. Are you able to set goals and achieve these goals within a certain time frame? Do you have a schedule for bedtime and rising in the morning? Do you stay on task or throw up your hands when things get rough? Do your children have designated responsibility in the home? These are strong questions that you must decide before you attempt to home school a student.
Last Updated: 05/24/2014