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Why Homeschool?

Reasons for homeschooling are unique to each family and often to each child.


Academic reasons

There is now strong evidence that homeschooled children excel academically. Homeschooling involves elements thought to be essential for learning in the classroom: parental involvement, small classroom size, and individualized learning styles.  It is no wonder that children excel at home.

 

Learning styles or disabilities

Some children have very unique ways of learning that are difficult to accommodate in a classroom. Parents with children with learning difficulties or handicaps often find that they know how their child learns best.  Many children who are stressed by the classroom flourish in the home school.


Lifestyle reasons

A homeschooling lifestyle allows flexibility in learning and scheduling. It allows families to have more time together.  An academic schedule can be altered to accommodate a family illness, parent's odd work hours, military service, or even a vacation.  Lifestyle can also mean that the teaching parents view learning as a lifestyle, something that happens all the time with or without books or curriculum.

 

Moral reasons

Similar to religious reasons, these people want their children to have influences and teaching commensurate to a moral standard they hold.

 

Physical reasons

Some people feel that their children are safer and healthier at home than in a public school.  Also, a child with a debilitating illnesses can learn in his home....or his hospital bed.  A child could come through a major illness without losing virtually any "school" time.

 

Religious reasons

Many people want to teach their children the tenets of their faith and instill the values and goals they hold dear.


Social reasons

Often suggested as a weakness of homeschooling, the opposite is actually true.  Homeschool children have many social opportunities within their peer group and in the community as a whole.  In fact, homeschool students probably have more social experience in real life than school children do in their age segregated society. Homeschool children get peer interaction through scouts, church, sports, play groups, library, homeschool groups, field trips, YMCA, volunteer opportunities, neighbor children, family, and daily activities.