It is no secret,
becoming the more and more popular choice for families seeking
the best education for their students. And the advantages of
homeschooling are so vast that you could easily encounter ten
different homeschooling families and hear ten different
advantages of homeschooling.
As a result, it is difficult to define the main advantages of
homeschooling without missing key advantages or reasons that
people choose to homeschool. In fact, one could easily say that
the advantages of homeschooling are only limited by the
imagination of each homeschooling parent.
When polled, however, homeschoolers agreed on several major
advantages of homeschooling.
heart of all of these advantages is Freedom!
The freedom advantage encompasses many of the advantages of
homeschooling cited by homeschooling families:
• Freedom to instill values and morals that are consistent with the
religion of the family
• Freedom to define their own schedule
• Freedom to spend time as a family
• Freedom to pursue other interests
• Freedom to focus on necessary academics
• Freedom for real world socialization.
These freedoms and much more make homeschooling the choice for
families all around the world.
Read on to learn about the four major freedom advantages of
Advantages of homeschooling #1
Freedom to instill
values and morals
that are consistent with the religion of the
Many homeschooling families cite
this as the number one reason they choose to
home school their
children and therefore one of the main advantages of
homeschooling. In a world where religious freedom is attacked
from all sides, parents are choosing to take back their rights
and invest time into the character and beliefs of their
These parents are raising their children in an environment where
their convictions drive the education. Conviction leads to
passion; it leads to direction; it leads to a sense of purpose.
As a result, parents who homeschool out of conviction tend to be
very successful teachers.
Think back to your favorite teacher. Was he an individual who
did not really care about what he was teaching? Was she someone
who lacked any kind of drive or purpose? I would venture to say
that your best teacher was someone whose passion was evident.
And when passion drives you, you can implement that passion into
every subject, into every activity, into every aspect of your
This is a huge advantage for homeschooling families. Not only do
they have the opportunity to train their children in the way
they should go, but their passion makes the program all the more
dynamic. And this is a major advantage in any school setting.
Advantages of homeschooling #2
socialization as one of
the advantages of homeschooling? Isn’t this the topic that
causes the most controversy for homeschoolers? Indeed, this is
one of the major concerns for new homeschoolers as well as
people on the outside.
But the fact is, homeschoolers have an advantage in the area of
Why? It has long been recognized among college admissions
counselors that homeschoolers have the advantage over their
peers in the ability to converse and interact with their
professors and other personnel without intimidation. They also
have the advantage of working with fellow students of all ages
because this has been the way their schooling was structured
every day for years.
Rather than experiencing the controlled socialization of a
classroom, the secret exchanges when the teacher isn’t looking,
and the limits of socializing only with children their own age,
homeschoolers socialize at all kinds of different levels.
Younger students have the advantage of learning from older
homeschoolers who they encounter through support groups, field
trips, homeschool “classes” and more. And one of the advantages
for older students is that they develop a sense of
responsibility and concern as role models for younger students.
Homeschoolers also have the distinct advantage of working with
people of all ages, income levels, and professions. Parents need
only tap into the endless opportunities to help their child
develop their character, their social skills, and their ability
to handle life.
I hear comments all the time about how well homeschoolers handle
themselves with adults, with other students and in difficult
spent with their parents has given them the advantage of seeing
first hand how to
solve real life problems,
how to balance their schedule, how to handle tough situations,
and how to find the time to get it all done.
For some, the flexibility
advantage means a schedule that meets the demands of their
situation; others view the flexibility advantage as the ability
to customize curriculum to the needs of their child; and still
others view the flexibility advantage as the ability to allow
their child to dig deeper into a topic rather than simply move
on the next unit.
Many homeschooling families are families on the move. Whether
this is because of work demands or kids who are involved in
sports, acting, dance, etc., they need a flexible schedule. One
of the advantages of homeschooling is that it allows a family to
remain a family while also meeting the demands of an active
Customized curriculum is a huge advantage to homeschooling.
Homeschoolers are not limited to curriculum at a set grade
level. Instead, they are able to determine the exact level to
meet their skills and abilities and begin there. This means that
some homeschoolers will be working at a fifth grade level in
math, a sixth grade level in English, and still another level
for other subjects. This approach gives students the advantage
of mastering necessary concepts before moving on and to
progressing quickly in those subjects where he or she is most
It also has the advantage of opening the door for further study
in a topic of interest. If your student is taking a literature
course in school and is fascinated by William Shakespeare, the
teacher will not stop and allow extra weeks for further study.
Instead, the passion ignited soon takes a back seat to the
demands of the class. Homeschooling families can take advantage
of those passions and allow students to dig deeper and learn
Advantages of homeschooling #4
This is one of the biggest
advantages to homeschooling! Where better to nurture
relationships, build confidence, instill character, and
strengthen bonds than the family? Research indicates that
students in families who eat at last one meal together per day
are more successful and less likely to get into trouble. Imagine
the impact that you can have on your child’s future by
increasing your family time tenfold!
Will your child learn
from peers and/or teachers who may or may not share the same
will he have
the advantage of learning from you?
What character traits will they
model as adults?
One of the advantages of homeschooling is that through you, they
will learn to respect elders; they will be spared the down
beating so prominent in schools today; they will develop
confidence in who they are; and they will become adults.
Time with the family is so short—homeschooling allows you to
maximize that time and enjoy your children.
The advantages of homeschooling are limitless! In fact, the
advantages you experience may be completely different from the
advantages listed here.
However, the advantage of instilling your
own morals and values, the advantage of socialization, the
advantage of flexibility, and the advantage of family time are
all advantages of homeschooling that center around freedom!
that is one advantage that applies to everyone!
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