Let me tell you the advantages of homeschooling and why so many more families each year are deciding to homeschool their children. I'm sure you've heard some of them, maybe so many times that you tend to pass them by without thinking much about them. Let's take some time right now to explore each of them one by one.
Many families decide to home school for religious reasons. This is one of the biggest advantages of homeschooling because you have the freedom to teach your faith to your children the way you want them to learn it, with the depth you want them to have. You can weave religion into every subject if you want to. No longer does it have to be something that they learn once a day or even once a week.
Another one of the advantages of homeschooling is that it gives you the freedom to pray throughout the day, to attend daily Mass on a more regular basis and to go on religious field trips, if that's what you want.
More than likely, as you continue to homeschool, religion won't even become a subject anymore, it will become a major part of your every day life.
Another major reason why families choose homeschooling is for academic reasons. Maybe you have been having problems with the school your child(ren) currently attend. Maybe you have a special needs child or a gifted child who is just not getting the attention they deserve.
This is a great advantage of homeschooling because it allows you, the parent/teacher, to tailor the curriculum and the pace that it is covered directly to what your child needs. No more need for failing grades. If your child is not understanding a concept, you can slow down or try to come up with an alternative way to explain it so that they will understand. There is no pressure to forge ahead and leave your child standing in the dust.
If you homeschool more than one child, you will begin to notice that they probably don't all learn the same way or at the same speed. By homeschooling them, you have the freedom to change books or methods to meet the needs of each of your students, making it easier for them to succeed. I have a friend who homeschooled identical twin girls. Even they didn't learn the same way or at the same speed. The mother would change things to meet the needs of both of the girls instead of insisting that they do the everything the same way.
You probably have run in to someone who has accused you of wanting to shelter your children by homeschooling them. Let's think about that for one minute. Shelter them from what? Immoral behaviors? Profanity? Drugs and alcohol? Immodesty? Sex Education classes? Those sound like some good reasons to shelter your children, don't they?
By keeping your children at home, you get to decide what kinds of behaviors they get exposed to and at what age they get exposed to them; another advantage of homeschooling. You get to pick their friends (at least when they are young) and you get to have more control over what they watch and listen to. To many people this sounds too controlling, but when you take a step back and look at some of the behaviors and dress of young kids now-a-days, you might not think that some control is a bad thing.
4. Building Family Bonds
When you homeschool, you get to spend a lot of time with your children and they get to spend a lot of time with you! Some days this might seem to fall under the disadvantages category, but in the long run, it really is one of the big advantages of homeschooling.
By spending so much time with their parents and other siblings, the children get to build very strong family bonds that will go with them throughout the rest of their lives. Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying that you can't have strong family bonds if your kids are in the school system. However, if you home school, your children have a lot more time to learn more about each other, to learn how to work together with the members of their family and to stand together against the pressures of society.
I'm sure you've heard it before: "Will your child be socialized?" I'm not always sure what people mean when they ask that. Do they wonder if the child will be locked in the house, never to be seen again? Do they wonder if we, the parents, will so isolate the family that the children won't know how to speak to anyone else? I once had a very well-meaning older woman from church tell me about a new mom's group that was starting up for moms who might be feeling isolated. Much to her surprise I responded, "Isolated? I would love to be isolated!" Sometimes we do so much that it's great when we have to be stuck at home for awhile!
The more you look in to homeschooling and meet with other homeschoolers, the more you will see that socialization is not a problem for the average homeschooling family. Actually, homeschooling makes it easier to socialize, which is one of the big advantages of homeschooling. There are many opportunities to socialize throughout the day, week or month; whenever you decide you need to. It becomes even easier if you find a homeschooling support group that fits your family. In addition to providing support for the parents, a good homeschooling group will provide many opportunities for families to get together.
The nice thing about socializing as families is that the children learn to be able to talk and relate to people of all ages, not just people their own age. Over the years, many people have commented about what nice, polite young children we have. When you homeschool, you, not one of their peers, get to be the main model of socialization for your children.
Now that we've explored some of the biggest reasons why many families choose to homeschool, you are hopefully starting to see that there are many advantages of homeschooling. If you would like more information, try to find a homeschool support group in your area and talk to some of the current members. Another option is to check out some good books on homeschooling, if you haven't done so already. They are sure to be full of detailed information on all of the advantages of homeschooling.