It doesn’t happen often but on a couple of occasions a parent in my class will say they have decided, after the year is over, to start to home school. I always react with support and happiness as, in general, I believe that child will get a better education than can be provided in a classroom.
- Homeschooling is, in general, a stronger academic platform – that means your children can learn more, faster when they are working at home.
- Homeschooling allows you to create the curriculum that you think your child needs, or to hire someone else to send you the curriculum, to spend extra time on the subjects that are causing trouble, and to move ahead in subjects that are going well.
- Homeschooling frees you from having to be in the same place at the same time every day. It absolutely lowers stress levels.
- Homeschooling provides great social opportunities for both children and parents to build lasting friendships.
- If you know how to build a better mousetrap, you will have the freedom and the time to do so. And so will your children. That means there will be some time to work on you own creativity. And for the kids, there is no better way to get time for them to study music, art, sports, chess, or any other endeavor in which they have a special skill.
- Religious practice in the home is greatly enhanced by the time freed up by homeschooling, and by the central focus given the parents instruction.
- You will know and understand your child in a way that few parents do. When they grow up and leave, you will have the peace of saying, “I truly spent the best time and the most time I could with them.”
So, why aren’t more people home schooling? Because of these three groups who shouldn’t:
- You should not home school if you have something else, such as a career, art endeavor, or hanging out with your friends, that you wish to do more than homeschool. Homeschooling is a job, it is not akin to dropping kids off at the school, you have to report to the kitchen table just about every day and set out the schoolwork, and follow up to make sure it gets done. This can be easy for some parents, and hard for others, but it’s pretty much impossible if the parent doesn’t really want to do it.
- You should not home school if doing so would place your family in a seriously difficult financial situation. What is “seriously difficult?” You’ll have to be the judge. But, as the Bible says, “He (or she) who does not provide for his own family is worse than an unbeliever.” Kids need shelter, transportation, medical care and food first.
- You should not home school if your husband/wife is against it. Even if you deeply want to do it, if you are married, and your spouse is really opposed, in my opinion it’s not worth it. What’s “really opposed?” Again, you be the judge. You’ll know when you know.