Homeschooling. It is not a new term. In fact, some of your close friends are doing it too. At first, you wondered if you should homeschool. After learning more about it, you had decided homeschooling is a good fit for your family. Then you share your excitement with your extended family and friends who do not homeschool. They do not share your enthusiasm and want to know why you are making such a “radical” decision. You soon find yourself trying to explain a decision your family has made that needs no explanation.
First, the child you are choosing to homeschool is your own. God blessed you with that child and has trusted you to make the best decisions for their mental, physical and spiritual growth. If both parents have decided to homeschool their child, they do not owe anyone, other than themselves, an explanation for their decision to homeschool.
But if you feel like you do owe an explanation to other people, the following may be helpful:
Homeschooling is one of the many options of education parents can choose for their child. Some of the benefits of homeschooling are the opportunities to nurture family relationships (ex: parent to child and sibling to sibling), set a Christian foundation, provide a unique and specialized education for your child and to help them develop a love of learning. Along with that, HomeLife Academy (HLA) also gives parents, who choose to homeschool, the freedom to choose how they homeschool.
Why public school? Why private school? Both are questions people do not tend to ask, so why ask “why homeschool?” A good and simple reason is the same for the former two: “Because you believe it is the best choice of education for your child and family.”
You Lack the Education
From the day your child was born and up to this point, you have been their primary teacher.
Once your child reaches the kindergarten age, your ability to think and teach does not end.
If you are starting homeschooling in the elementary school grades, more than likely you have enough knowledge to teach your child what they need to know through middle school. Once your child enters high school, that may change. Fortunately, there are several resources that can assist you in providing the best education for your child and allow you to continue homeschooling. Those options are available to you during the elementary school years all the way through high school. Some include online learning, co-ops, tutorials and one-on-one tutoring in those subjects that you struggle in teaching.
Your Degree Will Go to Waste
If you pursued higher education and earned a degree, no matter what anyone tells you, that degree will not go to waste. The discipline, commitment and perseverance it took for you to earn that degree are all qualities you will need to teach your child. Depending on your area of study, it may be something you can incorporate into your child’s education plan.
One day, your years as a home educator will end. If you desire to pursue a career later in life, keeping yourself up to date can help your marketability when that day comes.
You Can’t Afford It
Most homeschool families are supported by the income of only one parent. There are also many homeschool students who come from single-parent households. Homeschooling does not have to be expensive. There are many affordable curricula options. HLA offers scholarships to families in need as do other organizations. Homeschoolers also receive discounts on several items that enhance the homeschool experience. HLA also has a curriculum discounts page with special offers.
They Will Never Get into College
A number of a notable colleges and universities aggressively seek homeschoolers as prospective students.
By the time they graduate, HLA students are college and/or career ready and continue to post-secondary education, vocational or technical schools, the military or straight into a career.
Some of those schools include Ivy League and Big 10. Several of the HLA students receive scholarships from post-secondary schools, because of their high SAT, ACT or CLT scores, as well as others that are open to homeschoolers.
Missed Athletic Scholarships
Homeschoolers can participate in sports while in high school. Just like their public school and private school peers, homeschoolers have opportunities to play in several sports. A number of states have active homeschool athletic associations. Although the laws are different in each state, some states do allow homeschoolers to play on public school teams. Do some research to find out what options are available in your area. If your child is skilled enough in a sport for college play, the scouts will find them.
No Social Opportunities
High school is not about proms, athletics, yearbooks or other social experiences. It is about your child acquiring a good education to prepare them for their future. No matter what your opinion is on the high school years, most teens are going to want to experience the social opportunities that are a part of high school. Those same opportunities that their public and private school peers experience are available to them as homeschoolers. The opportunities are going to vary depending on where you live. If they do not currently exist, create the opportunity for your child. The ones that do exist were created by a homeschool parent and that is what you may have to do for your child.
As far as them learning how to interact with their peers – your child will have plenty of opportunities to socialize with other children as well as adults. Although the age and grade range of their community of people may be wide, your child will be quite prepared. After all, when they grow up, they will not be separated by grade or age, so they are getting a head start on building their social skills for the real world.
Choosing to homeschool your child is a personal choice. Although homeschooling is not the best option for every family, it is the best option for your family. Be confident in your decision to homeschool your child, which needs no explanation.
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