7 Reasons I Home School
Home schooling is something we’ve decided to do with our kids because it fits perfectly into our lifestyles. There are parents who have the freedom to be able to make that decision just as there are parents who, for whatever reason, cannot. Public schools serve a purpose and are perfectly capable of producing quality members of society. I believe though that my way is better. Because I have the time and resources to be able to home school, I have decided to give it a try. The results have so far been as much as I expected. Here are the reasons why I decided to home school my kids.
Frequent moving was the reason we decided to home school in the first place. My wife used to be a construction project manager which caused us to be moving from job to job sometimes more than once a year. To put the kids through changing schools so often would have been ridiculous.
2. Information Control
I want to control the things that go into my kids’ heads. The curriculum for elementary school and middle school are pretty standard. But, I want to decide what subjects to teach, how to teach them, and when to do it. I knew, for instance, when my kids were ready to learn how to read a clock based on their level of understanding of basic math principles. A public school teacher has too many kids to oversee and would not have necessarily known specifically when my kids were ready. I can control the tempo at which my kids learn.
3. Concentrated learning
I don’t have to spend any more than two or three hours a day to get more information into my kids than a public school takes to get less while wasting all day. I get to spend every second teaching just two kids, whereas a public school teacher has many kids to keep on track. I don’t have to worry about my kids drifting off into a daydream when I sit right next to them. I estimate we are going about twice as fast as a public school could hope to go. And we’re doing it with accuracy.
4. Real World Learning
Teaching my kids at home provides me the opportunity to expose them to lessons they could never get in school. They are only 5 and 6 years old yet they are starting to learn how Internet marketing works . There are people around us all the time who happen to enjoy teaching them these real world lessons. These people are making real money and teaching my kids how it’s done. Do I care if they have a teaching certificate? Of course not! That sort of learning is worth more than gold.
We’ve gone on many trips recently. I am grateful that I have the freedom to jump in the car or airplane to wherever and for whatever length of time without having to worry about my kids missing school. I have no need for a classroom because everywhere can be a classroom.
6. Math and Science
This is going to be surprising, but I believe that public schools are terrible at teaching math and science and that they don’t start kids early enough. This is another area where I am fortunate to know people who are tops in math and science and who are willing to teach my kids. I may not be qualified myself but I have found people who are and who have the time and willingness to spend with my kids. Another example of a teaching certificate not meaning a great deal to me.
7. Family Time
Kids don’t stay young forever. When they are with me all day I feel like I’m giving them face time and otherwise spending quality time with them. When they finish with their work we can have fun at the park and do all kinds of entertaining things together. Other parents might spend all day at work and only get to see their kids for a few hours at night. Teaching them at home let’s me cherish the time I have with them before they get old and don’t want anything to do with me. I know, it’s selfish; so what.
Home schooling is not for everyone. Some people do not have the time to be able to do it. Some folks don’t have access to enough resources to do it. I have the great fortune to have the freedom and time to be able to make it happen. Public schools are hamstrung by simple logistics. There are too many kids and not enough teachers to make learning for everybody work. As a home school teacher I have the easy job of only paying attention to two kids. I know what they need and when they need it and I don’t need to worry about other kids dividing my attention. We can learn more in less time, have freedom to travel, and seek out professionals who can fill in knowledge that I am not qualified to teach. Public schools are absolutely necessary and I support the teachers who care enough to try to teach our kids. But, I have a better way for my family and it’s been working so far.