10 Benefits Of Homeschooling
Whenever someone meets me and my 4 kids or I greet them at the store their first questions are “oh are you off from school today?”, of course my response is “I homeschool”. The facial expressions I receive are mostly confusion and excitement followed with many questions of how I do it with 4 kids? I try to keep all of my explanations short since many times I am standing in line or busy with the kids. Here is what I say to those who are interested in how I accomplish this.
1.) Not Every Child Learns The Same Way
How many times when you were in school you felt like the teacher was either going to slow with the lessons or to fast? I have found that many children become bored in the classroom leading to difficulty focusing on the information they are being given. My oldest of my 4 children is like me facing difficulties in the learning department, we need to be involved in our activities or else we become disinterested. My younger 2 are very active and cannot sit in a chair for to long, finding ways to keep them interested in learning is difficult. Homeschooling is a means to unlocking your child’s interest giving them the ability to explore what they had before denied.
2.) It Works!
Many have found homeschooling to be amazing for their children, each day is a new day where you can focus on the area’s they want to explore. For instance if one day they want to focus on Math, that’s what they will do that day Math, the next day Science, and so on and so on. Giving them the ability to pick what they would like to learn opens up their minds to an easy transition towards more difficult and complex reasoning’s and deductions. Letting your child guide themseleves through lessons is fun and engaging.
3.) Monitor What They Learn
There is nothing more annoying then looking at your childs homework to find questions and quizs on things they will never use in life. Or worse, their introduction to the birds and the bee’s being taught without your permission. It is important to teach your kids things but it is also important to monitor what they are learning as well as how they are learning about it. If you would like to explain the birds and the bee’s to your children you should have the ability to do so.
Some lessons are not taught in school, unless you send your kids to a tutition based school most likely they are not being exposed to certain aspects of art’s, science and history. Opening up a music room in your home or a stage in your living room is a fun way to open up their minds to the arts.
4.) Not Every Curriculum Works
Did you know that teachers are given guidelines to how they will create their students curriculum for the school year? Did you also know that most schools curriculum is based off of standardized tests? Even more did you know a schools test scores affect their funding? Another thought did you know that the tests are created by the government as a means to a ranking on international levels?
Knowing this now do you believe that your child is given the opportunity to explore their creativity to its entirety? Most would argue no, while others can perceive this as a way to prepare them for life’s constant e=mc squared. Homeschooling offers the parent the ability to create their own circumcise. As discussed before its important to let the child guide them selves through learning but that doesn’t mean let them run the show. You can create the worksheets and even the projects you want them to work on. It’s not as unorganized as some would think, its actually the opposite, it takes planning, prepping and organizing just like a regular teacher’s duties.
If your child is subject to bulling this is a great option for you to take, reports are flooding the TV news stations and youtube on how just removing your child from the class room and into your dining room has saved many lives. Our children have a choice, as well as their parents do in this.
6.) It’s Not Expensive
It is NOT expensive to homeschool, shopping during sales verses high peak promotions can save you hundreds of dollars. Prices for subject folders are as low as $0.02 when you wait for them to go on 90% off. Pen’s can be free when you use coupons, as well as printer paper, pencils, crayons, art paper, scissors and so much more! It’s possible to coupon for these necessities. Also you can use online based workshops such as ABC Mouse.com, K-12 and other free resources.
ABCMouse.com is free for Homeschool teachers. Simply click on the SCHOOLS/TEACHERS link and then sign up for your account. Add your children to the account and then let them explore! I love this site and I use it for my 4 children.
You can print out worksheets and laminate what you need, create poster boards for learning and decorate a room dedicated to their learning. Display art projects and so much more!
Create Home-Made laminated Letter Tracing Sheets for FREE!
7.) Everyone’s History Isn’t The Same
The history books have changed so much over time, not every history book is the same as the other, depending on your religion, background and personal beliefs its a good thing to monitor what they learn about history. Some history books have had information taken out that once was there in the past years.
8.) Lunch Time
It’s lunch time! What is your child eating for lunch? School based lunches are NOT the healthiest options, and for many on the go parents its not an option to brown bag their children’s meals. When they are at home you can cook their meals to your liking and even monitor if they finish their food.
9.) Able to Pin Point Their Professions
Don’t let your child’s abilities go unnoticed in a sea of students, open up their abilities by focusing on them daily and capitalizing on them. My oldest is an architect, he can build anything out of anything, if you leave him in a room and come back 20 minutes later, most likely there will be a tower built out of the TV remote, a box of puzzles, random blocks he has found, pencils, a pillow and action figures. My 2nd oldest boy is a kung fu master, he can learn anything you teach him without having to show him twice, hes very active and athletic. My youngest is an artist she loves to paint, I’m able to let her sit down daily and explore her abilities until she is ready to go or its time to eat.
10.) It’s Fun!
Hello! It’s Fun! Yes it is! My 4 kids can testify they love it! They can’t contain their excitement when I explain to someone how I homeschool them, they like to jump in on the conversations and tell the person what they learned that day or what their favorite thing about it is. Its fun to watch them talk about things I was able to teach them.