Seven Advantages of Homeschooling




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This year, my daughter just finished her finals as a junior in college.  It seems that she was 4 years old, just starting homeschoolingonly a few years ago!  It is an adjustment, as a mom for sure, but it is truly a joy to watch her grow into a young adult, too.

We homeschooled all the way, as many of you know. Homeschooling created an environment that nurtured my 2e daughter well.  Had she gone to public school, she would have struggled to follow the teacher, as she spoke to the class, with her auditory processing difficulty.

She would also have had difficulty with attention, as she had some issues similar to ADD or ADHD.  And with her sensory issuesshe would not have gotten the opportunity to take active or restful breaks when they might be needed. 

But through homeschooling, we were able to deal with each of these concerns ,and keep her challenged and she thrived.  In fact, it prepared her well for college, too.



No matter where your child is headed....into a vocation, to a tech school, community college, a gap year, or a four year college, homeschooling high school is a great way to prepare them.  



Looking back, here are 7 advantages, that I see, of choosing the homeschooling path for our kids:


1. Homeschooling provides a strong foundation, and a soft place to fall, so crucial for our kids,as they grow up.





Nothing like knowing that a warm, cozy home is a waiting our teens, when they just finished a difficult day at their part time job, a new activity, or just finished up with an SAT test.





2.  The 1 on 1 focus that we can provide our kids, can catch most any gaps that we worry about. 

We can review, go back, switch up our curricula, or even add another year of high school, if that would help our teen.  


3.  We get to foster and grow their interests!
 





Early on, my daughter loved creating things with lots of cardboard and tape.  This is what she made after going to homeschool day at Six Flags Park.

Then, later on, she took a ballet class, that led to an irish dance class, and that became a big interest of hers for many years, from elementary....


through high school.......


She danced irish with a teen troupe, until senior year. Being able to follow their own interests motivates teens so much, even for doing their core studies.

Sometimes our kid's activities can teach important skills, too. 

For example, my daughter built up her memorization skills through learning the complex steps involved in irish dancing. These strong memorization skills came in handy, when studying for her college entrance tests.

Then later, when she wanted to try her hand at becoming a leader, we looked for activities that would foster those skills..... 

Serving as Pages at our State Legislature

Helping our kids discover their inner-most gifts and interests, not only helps them grow, it also creates strong motivation for them to learn, and study those things that will help them in the future.

4.  Since we can do interest-led learning from the get-go, our kids tend to become motivated, self-starters.  

Setting up for "Celebrating the Return of Salmon" 



Encouraging their interests builds self starters!  That is just what our kids need to be all they can be.  And that is what many colleges are looking for as well. 

My daughter shared that she noticed a majority of the kids on campus, seemed to lack this important trait, and did not necessarily have the drive to work hard and succeed, that we hope all kids would have.

Homeschoolers, on the other hand, learn how to organize their studies, plan their days,and prioritize what needs to be done first, etc....... all skills that are essential to success in college or to start a vocation.






My teen even took our workboxing organizational style with her to college!


5.  We get to build in nature study and family time into the high school day.


Especially in the teen years, we want to be the kind of parents that our kids would come to with any problems or concerns. Homeschooling can help with that, too.  


Isn't that why many of us chose this path?


Mom-daughter time at a local festival

6.  Life skills are learned day by day.






My daughter did not need a course in family finances, or a list of how to's to learn how to manage a checking account.

She saw me doing these things, everyday, starting as a a young child, and was curious and always was wanting to know more.  

And while homeschooling, she naturally joined in with chores, cooking, gorcery shopping....all those things that teens need when they get their first apartment.  Life skills are a natural part of our kid's days.


7.  Learning how to Find and Use Resources

Here was the key for my daughter's success in dealing with her precalculus class.  During homeschool, she saw me search for and find resources, as we chose curricula, searched for a dance class, or surfed the net for help in algebra, from Khan Academy.

Her first thought, when faced with this difficult math class, was not how could she find a way to drop it.  It was, instead, a question to her mom----What resource would help me?  And, let's find something quick!

Homeschooling provided her with what she needed as she got out and tried her hand at college, for the first time.  It's an adventure, and I can't wait to see what happens next. 

What advantages do you see, in having your kids learn at home?   I love reading your comments!


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Thanks for stopping by BJ's Homeschool,

Betsy


Betsy is mom to her now college junior, whom she homeschooled from day one.  She blogs at BJ's Homeschool, about the early yearshigh school & college and wrote the book - Homeschooling High School with College in Mind.   She offers free homeschool help through messages at BJ's Consulting


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22 comments:

  1. I'm still in those precious early years...at least with my youngest. He went through KG in PS, and is going through it again in homeschool, because it just didn't work for him. He loves make-believe and I incorporate it as much as possible, though honestly I'm a little burnt out on pretend right now.

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    1. Wishing you a peaceful and loving Kindergarden year! I remember doing that, all the fun, and also all the help and guidance that kids need so much at that age. My daughter was very active at age 5, and was always very wanting more. Why not take a break from make believe, maybe, and go for something else that you might enjoy more with him! I recall going to the library a lot at that age, and that gave me a break, too, which I needed, lol! Have a great week, Gale, and thanks for your comments! It is so nice to hear from my readers.

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  2. Homeschooled all the way to college, that's amazing :). I've heard of Explode The Code but don't know anything about it, nor did I know what it looked like, so I appreciated seeing a photo of it. I'm always looking for quality curriculum so I'm going to look into that one for my 5 year old. Thanks for the idea, and thanks for linking up at my first ever Learning Kid Link-up :).

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    1. Thanks, Melanie Thomas, for stopping by! I enjoyed linking up to the Learning Kid Blog Hop, and plan to do it again soon. We loved Explode the Code, and it was key to my daughter's good reading skills, through the years.

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  3. Homeschooling has been a wonderful option for us for so many reasons. From learning disabilities to giftedness it's been a crazy journey for us but definitely the best choice for my three kids.

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    1. I agree, Rose@Walnut Acre! Homeschooling can lend itself so well to both learning issues and giftedness, and I can relate to it being a crazy journey, at times, too! Thanks for leaving your comments,

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  4. Great post! I love how you listed out the advantages to homeschooling!

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    1. Thanks, Erin @ Nourishing My Scholar, for your kind comment!

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  5. I LOVED reading your story and what you saw as advantages! I was homeschooled through most of my education, I did go to public school for grade 11 and 12, but I wasn't a fan. I LOVED LOVED LOVED being homeschooled. I am so close to my family, I was determined, ambitious, knew what I wanted to do, homeschooling was one of the best gifts my mom could have given me and I am sure your teen will say the same.

    Thank you so much for linking up at Favorite things Friday! Hope to see you again this week!

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    1. Thanks, Rebecca Spooner, for stopping by and sharing your comments! I loved reading your story too! I also love linking up at Favorite Things Friday every week! Thanks again,

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  6. Thanks for linking up at the Homeschool Blog & Tell! I agree with all of your reasons. You are definitely reaping the rewards of the efforts you put in through the years and it sounds like you have a great relationship with your daughter. :)

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    1. Thanks for hosting the Homeschool Blog and Tell, HSBAPost Sara, and for stopping by! We are so glad that we homeschooled, and feel that that is why our daughter continues to seek us out, for encouragement and direction, while she takes on college. It is so nice, also, to have the HSBT to share our posts, and to connect with other homeschooling families. Have a great day!

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  7. Such great points on the benefits of homeschooling.

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    1. Thanks so much, Ticia, and thanks for stopping by BJ's Homeschool!

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  8. Hi Betsy! I am so happy to find you through The Homeschool Nook Link-Up! I love this post-and couldn't agree more! I love how you share your personal experiences with homeschooling! My favorite part about homeschooling is how we can follow our children's interests-and see where it leads! Followed you on FB, G+, and Pinterest:) ~Amy from Busy Boys Brigade

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    1. I just wanted to mention your blog, Amy, the Busy Boys Brigade, and I love your title, especially! Enjoy those rough and tumble days, with your sons!!

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  9. Thanks, Amy milcic, for stopping by and taking the time to leave your comment! It is such a blessing for my family, that we could follow our daughter's interests, and through that, build up her self esteem and skills, at the same time... and I love connecting with other families! Welcome to BJ's Homeschool, and I wish you a wonderful week with your family,

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  10. I love your list of advantages. I'd definitely agree with all of them and could probably add even more! I love the freedom homeschooling brings, plus my kids aren't worried about what the latest fad/fashion is or worrying about whats cool or who's popular. I feel like they have their own individuality still in tact and I plan to preserve that as long as humanly possible!

    Thanks for linking up over at the homeschool nook. I'm sure my readers will love this post as well!

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    1. Thanks, Jeanetta Roberts, and I will be looking to connect again on The Homeschool Nook! And isn't individuality so important.

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  11. I've graduated one that we homeschooled. I have a senior now and an 8th grader! I definitely agree with your points about how homeschooling prepares them for life in general, and specifically college as the next step. It also gives time for the kids not quite ready for college to figure things out. Thanks for the encouragement!

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  12. Yes, Jennifer Dodrill, and isn't it wonderful that homeschooling can give that extra time for a teen, when it is needed. Thanks for sharing your comments! Wow, you have as senior and an 8th grader....Remember to let it all soak in, as you go through your teen's senior year with her. We had lots of special memories from my daughter's senior year...

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  13. Yes, Jennifer Dodrill, and isn't it wonderful that homeschooling can give that extra time for a teen, when it is needed. Thanks for sharing your comments! Wow, you have as senior and an 8th grader....Remember to let it all soak in, as you go through your teen's senior year with her. We had lots of special memories from my daughter's senior year...

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