10 Good Reasons to Homeschool, Part 2
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In my last post, 10 Good Reasons to Homeschool, Part 1, I began listing several reasons why homeschooling may be a smart choice for your family. Now, let’s continue looking at five more valid reasons for choosing homeschooling as an educational option for your family.
6. Your child needs more one-on-one time to learn
Most of us learn best in a one-on-one, tutorial situation. We can ask questions, take time to digest what we’ve heard and learn at our own pace. For many, a classroom environment is fine. They will continue to learn, but for some, they need the extra attention that comes with a lower teacher/student ratio.
7. Your child is too active to sit still for long school days
If you have an active child, they may need plenty of time to run and jump and play. Homeschooling gives you the flexibility to take breaks and get the wiggles out. And if your child is a kinesthetic learner, then they learn best by moving anyway. Think reciting multiplication facts while jumping on the trampoline, practicing phonics while doing jumping jacks or listening to a historical book on tape while riding a bike.
8. Your family and work schedule requires a more flexible schedule
If you or your spouse works an evening or night shift or travels for work, then homeschooling may be just what you need to preserve family time. It can allow you to work around unusual schedules. And depending on your travel schedule, homeschooling may even give your family a unique advantage. You can feed your child’s interest in history and science by working field trips to museums, battlefields or historical sites into your trips.
9. Your family needs to slow down
If your weekdays resemble a NASCAR race—up at 5:30am to get your children to the bus stop, race to pick them up after school for Little League and dance lessons then run through a drive-thru for dinner in time to rush home for baths and homework, then you may be looking for a break. Homeschooling allows you to set the pace and schedule that works for your family.
10. You can no longer afford private school
According to the Council for American Private Education, the average cost of private school was over $8,500 during the 2009-2010 school year. That would be challenging for one child, but make it two or three and that number becomes overwhelming. Homeschooling allows you to customize a private school quality education for a fraction of the cost.
Oh, the list could go on. There are numerous reasons to homeschool, many as unique as your own family. For some the journey toward homeschooling will be natural process, as simple as putting one foot in front of the other. For others, it will be forced upon them, something they do when there are no other viable options. Whatever your situation, I pray your homeschool adventure will be a peaceful, enlightening process. And if you have questions about homeschooling or how to get started, email them to me. I’ll do what I can to make your transition a smooth one.
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