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Why Homeschooling Could Be the Best Choice for Your Child

Today, more parents than ever are considering alternatives to traditional education, and homeschooling is at the forefront of these choices. As a parent, you naturally want what’s best for your child’s education, and homeschooling can offer a myriad of benefits that can enrich your child’s learning experience in ways that traditional schooling often cannot. 

I know, I know. You hear the word “homeschooling” and automatically your brain went to Little House on the Prairie and churning your own butter. It’s just not the case anymore. While homesteading IS an amazing life-skill, it doesn’t have to be your main deciding factor for a huge life decision like your kiddos’ education. 

Perhaps the most compelling advantage of homeschooling is the ability to offer a personalized and flexible educational approach. No two children are alike (ask me how I know!), and what works for one may not work for another (ask me again how I know!!). Traditional classrooms, while effective for many, often follow a “one size fits all” model that might not cater to your child’s unique learning style, interests, or pace. 

Obviously, that’s not the fault of the school/teachers. How else would you be able to teach a large group of kids without standardizing the whole process? 

Homeschooling allows you to create an individualized curriculum (I use the word curriculum lightly – don’t let that scare you away!), tailor-made to your child’s needs and abilities. If your child struggles in a particular area, you can spend more time on it. If they excel in another, you can provide more advanced materials to continually challenge and engage them. Curating what works for each kid is the BEST part of it all. No kid gets left behind – really! Because YOU as the parent, decides when to move forward to hang back until something is mastered.

Homeschooling also allows for a flexible schedule.

My favorite perk of homeschooling! This flexibility can accommodate your family’s lifestyle and your child’s optimal learning times. Is your child a night owl who struggles with early morning classes? With homeschooling, you can adjust the learning schedule to when your child is most alert and receptive. Moreover, this flexibility extends beyond the daily schedule. Homeschooling allows for learning opportunities in real-world settings like museums, parks, and businesses, and for experiential activities such as travel, volunteering, or internships.

Let’s go back in time to the 90s when I was in high school, and let me introduce you to a dear friend of mine who was NOT a morning person. Let’s call him David. Poor David. He just didn’t function first thing in the morning. He had insomnia and that made for rough mornings. That caused a rift between him and his parents every single weekday morning. He was late most mornings and then inevitably fell asleep in our first period class. He constantly failed tests, failed to interact with the teacher, and failed the class. 

In everyone’s eyes, he was a failure. 

What a horrible label to put on a kid who just couldn’t function first thing in the morning. Fast forward to today, and he is a successful person with a career saving lives that allows him to fully function in the dead of night – when he is most awake, most alert, and most able to do what he loves. 

But he had to go through life struggling because society told him he was only allowed to operate in the mornings, and you were a slacker if you slept during the day time. I’m grateful he was able to realize his strengths later in life and he had the ability to adjust his life as an adult. 

Finally, let’s talk about the homeschooling community. 

One of the misconceptions about homeschooling is that it lacks socialization opportunities. As a somewhat seasoned homeschooler, let me say HAHAHAHA. Today’s homeschooling families have a wealth of resources for connecting with others. From local and online homeschool groups to co-ops, field trips, sports, and community activities, homeschooled children often engage with a diverse group of peers and adults. And it WEARS ME OUT. Yes, it takes some planning on mom and dad’s parts to make it happen, but the opportunities are most definitely there. A quick Google search of “homeschooling + (your city/town) + (whatever activity your kid is interested in)” and be prepared to be overwhelmed.

Pop into a local homeschooling group on Facebook and ask for a baseball program and expect ALL the moms excitedly telling you about ALL the things in the comments. We are always around and always happy to help. That’s the beauty of homeschooling! We really feel like we are in this together and the community will find you if you look.

In conclusion, homeschooling offers

  • personalized learning
  • flexibility
  • a supportive community
 

While it’s not the right choice for every family, it’s certainly an option worth considering if you have the ability to make the sacrifices necessary. If you’re looking for an educational experience that can be designed with your child’s specific needs and interests at heart, homeschooling might just be the perfect fit. It definitely is for our little family here in Magnolia, Texas. 

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