Our family has homeschooled since my oldest daughter was three. She is now thirteen, and we are still going strong! I would like to share ten amazing benefits of homeschooling with you today.
10. Statistically speaking, our children will score higher on standardized tests.
My childen usually score much higher than average on these tests, even in subjects that they somewhat struggle with! The following article by HSLDA further backs up this claim: Academic Statistics on Homeschooling.
9. Our children can learn at their own pace.
Is your child above grade level in most subjects, and slightly behind in another? No problem! We easily customize our curriculum to each child. While our oldest daughter does quite well academically, she sometimes struggles in math. We can choose which grade level will benefit her the most in each subject, and plan accordingly.
8. Our children can spend more time cultivating their own interests.
While homeschooling, your children do not have to wait until an entire classroom grasps a concept before moving on to something else. This allows our children to finish required work more quickly. They can then spend extra time cultivating other skills. This usually entails reading about their interests, which furthers their knowledge base immensely in other subjects!
7. Our children will be surrounded by multiple age groups.
In the “real world,” are adults grouped in the workplace according to their ages? Absolutely not. Homeschooling allows children to spend time with people of all ages, which better prepares them for life. They can glean knowledge from those more experienced than themselves, instead of asking their inexperienced peers for advise.
Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child.
Do we want our children surrounded by foolish peers, or by wise and godly examples?
6. Statistically speaking, our children will be better prepared for college.
Take a look at this HSLDA article, Homeschooled Students Excel in College.
5. Our children will not be as negatively influenced by peer groups or ungodly educators.
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
I quote these verses quite often, but they are so true. Public school usually involves walking, standing, and sitting amongst sinners, who are trying to teach our children the ways of the world instead of God’s ways.
4. Our children can grow closer to us.
When our children are with us throughout the day, our relationship will automatically deepen. If our children are with peers throughout the day, those relationships will deepen. Which would we rather have?
3. Our children can grow closer to their siblings.
Take a look at #4 again, but this time let’s think about deepening relationships with siblings. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if our children are close friends with one another throughout life? These years of homeschooling can build the foundation for this to happen.
2. Our children can grow closer to God.
Let’s look back to Psalm 1.
But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night…
When we homeschool our children, they can meditate on God always. We can weave God’s precepts throughout our curriculum and day. What a marvelous gift this is!
1. Biblically, God asks parents to teach their own children many times. Will we answer the call?
You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.
Deuteronomy 11: 19
Which He commanded our fathers, That they should make them known to their children.
Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.
The father shall make known Your truth to the children.
Tell your children about it, Let your children tell their children, and their children another generation.
Proverbs 1:7 says, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge.”
If our children are not taught to fear the Lord in public school, how can they learn anything else?