Pros of Homeschooling:
- Parental control of what kids are taught and how it’s taught.
- Get to teach your value system to your kids, not the government’s “values”.
- You can teach to your kid’s learning style. There are no learning disabled kids, just teacher disabled adults.
- If you want to spend all day learning about how caterpillars become butterflys or how to conjugate verbs you can.
- Better socialization skills (home-school kids being un-socialized is one of the great lies). Our kids interact with kids and adults of all ages, not just with kids their own age. This is of particular importance for boys.
- Lots of time and freedom to pursue other activities. Homeschooling allows them to do much more if the parent so chooses.
- Takes about 1/3 of the time of regular schooling. My kids, if motivated, are done school in 2-3 hours tops. The lazy ones can take all day.
- Can do school in your pajamas.
- Don’t have to get up super early to meet a carpool or the bus.
- Lots of time to play outside and just be a kid.
- No getting dropped of at 7am for before-school care and picked up at 6pm from after-care.
- Lots of one on one time with parents. Builds better relationships with parents and siblings.
- No busywork and filler in the classroom.
- Kids learn at their pace not at the pace of the slowest kid in the classroom
- Costs are very low, much lower than private school and about the same as public school. We spend less than $200 to school our k-8 kids (high-school homeschooling costs more and will be covered in a future post). This assumes you aren’t using some expensive curriculum package. My bride does up her own curriculum. But even the packaged curriculum is affordable for most.
- Safer – we have had no bomb threats, school shootings, stabbings, drug use, bullying…well ok, my kids do bully each other. But we prefer to call it “Life Lessons”.
- You can take vacation whenever you want. We get to go to the beach when it’s the off-season. Beaches aren’t crowded and the rents are a lot cheaper.
- You are there to help you kids through the “big issues” in life and can decide when they learn about them.
- The person who loves the child most in this world is also their teacher.
Cons of Homeschooling:
None. Well none for us. I hear other people comment on the downside of homeschooling but this has always been from people who have never tried it. I have no time or patience to deal with these objections and people any more. We’ve been doing this for over 20 years and have heard it all. If you have problems with the idea of homeschooling try sitting down with a veteran home-school mom (like my bride) and talking about it. We have dealt with all the objections over the years. Or better yet give homeschooling a try. You can always ship them back to the public school, they would love to get their meat-hooks back into them.
Results so far – My oldest graduated college 2 years early and got her masters in a year. 2nd oldest graduated and his working. 3rd just finished Grad school with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree and has started work. 4th has graduated and been working for a year. The 5th finished undergrad and is heading to Grad school in a few months. The next 2 kids are in college currently. All of our kids have finished high school either 1 or 2 years early. 2 kids are doing high school currently. 1 is middleschool age. 3 are elementary school age.