Homeschooling has become a very popular options for parents who aren’t satisfied with the public school system in their area, with an average 12 percent growth rate of homeschoolers every year. Most homeschooled children tend to do remarkably well on standardized tests giving them a greater opportunities for college acceptance. And, as adults, they also have a reputation for being dependable employees who need very little direction and management.
The Pros and Cons of Homeschooling
To help parents who are considering the homeschooling option, here just a few of the pros and cons of homeschooling to help you understand what to expect.
The Pros of Homeschooling
Closer Family Relationships. Time together in the learning environment helps to build a stronger bond between you and your child. You are better able to understand each other’s needs and you learn to work together as a team. Teens especially seem to benefit significantly from this situation. Defiant and destructive behavior often begins to diminish when they start homeschooling.
Stability During Difficult Times. Whether there's an illness, a move to a new city, a new baby or another transition, homeschooling helps families cope better during challenging times and offer each other more support.
Well-Rested Kids. We’re learning more and more that sleep is necessary to the emotional and physical well-being of kids, especially teens and preteens. Early morning classes can be difficult and even challenging to many children, especially those who are not morning people. Homeschooling allows you to create a schedule that works best with your child’s energy levels and attention spans.
No Busywork. Homeschooled children can usually accomplish more in just a few hours than what a typical classroom accomplishes in a week. Studies show that many classrooms focus less than one hour out of each school day on “on task” learning. Is there any wonder these kids have so much homework? Homeschooling eliminates the need for homework, giving you more family time together in the evening.
The Cons of Homeschooling
Financial Restraints. For married parents, one spouse usually has to give up their full-time employment to homeschool. This can be a huge sacrifice for families who may be struggling to balance their budget. Interestingly enough, most homeschooling families feel that the loss of income is well worth the satisfaction of watching their kids grow and learn in an environment that is better and healthier for them.
Being with Your Kids 24/7. While we love our kids, there's no denying that if you choose to homeschool, you're going to be with your kids almost all of the time. It can be difficult to give up some of the independence you have to go out to a job or just to have time alone to get all your household chores done. While it can be difficult at times, most homeschool parents see their daily interactions with their kids as opportunities for growth, both personally and as a family.