If you’ve wondered why many parents have chosen to homeschool their kids, you might be surprised to learn there’s more to it than just being able to control the content of the curriculum. Deciding to homeschool can provide you as a parent with the ability to design a more faith-centered curriculum, obviously, but you can also enjoy greater freedom in the ways you may educate your kids.
For example, physical education in the public schools hasn’t changed much in decades. Students get lined up to run laps and try various sports like basketball, football, and track and field.
Everyone typically has to do whatever’s on the agenda for the day, and anyone who doesn’t gets marked down. What if your child doesn’t like to run but loves skateboarding? When you homeschool, your son or daughter’s love for skateboarding can count as physical education.
Homeschooling was the original version of education
Although homeschooling seems foreign to many Americans today, public schools didn’t always exist. Homeschooling was the way kids got their education in the past.
Though critics disagree that homeschooled children can receive a higher quality or education than kids in public school, plenty of benefits can be cited to dispute that argument. The biggest have to do with the fact that public education is typically structured in a way that makes it difficult for kids to explore their unique interests and potentials.
By the time they’re finished for the day, budding scholars don’t often have enough energy to pursue other interests. But when you homeschool, you can integrate your kids’ particular interests into their education.
In addition to supporting kids in their personal interests as part of their training, here are two more substantial benefits to homeschooling.
1. You control how their days are structured and scheduled
When your kids are enrolled in the traditional public education system, their entire day is structured in a specific way that is not negotiable. They have the same routine every day for years on end. They get up at the same time, start their first class at the same time, and eat lunch at the same time. Then they move from class to class for intervals of roughly 45 minutes until it’s time to go home.
When you homeschool, you are in charge of designing and maintaining the schedule, and you’re not wedded to a routine. Being able to create your own schedule enables you to allow more free time to expand your kids’ minds and add supplemental activities to their day: activities and lines of inquiry they’re often too tired to tackle when they’re enrolled in traditional schools.
In the normal public classroom setting, if your child excels in math and ought to be moved to another level, the option to progress when your kid is ready may not be available. But when you homeschool, the moment you see your child is ready to move on, you can get him or her a tutor or try some math DVDs to help your scholar learn without…