Homeschooling

The thought of homeschooling can seem overwhelming at first. But like everything, if you take it one day at a time, you’ll find the reward far outweighs the sacrifice. In fact, you’ll discover homeschooling was not a sacrifice at all, but an investment. An investment in your family, your children’s character and your life.

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Is it hard? Sometimes (especially if you have a tendency to overdo things). But now that I’m on the other side, I can say it was well worth it. If you are considering homeschooling and looking for some specific reasons to take the plunge, here’s a short list for ya!

Why should you homeschool? Because homeschooling… 

  • Builds Family Unity and Bonds Siblings. Though it can be tough some days, in the end, homeschooled siblings are closer and have better friendships as adults.
  • Tailors Each Child’s Education. Fast learners can move through the materials at lightening speed. Slow learners can pace themselves and take time to grasp the material before moving on.
  • Creates an Atmosphere of Discovery that Encourages a Love for Learning. Without the intensity of peer and academic pressure, children can enjoy the acquisition of knowledge and learn without worrying about how they will perform or if their fascination with a subject will make them look like a nerd. They enjoy learning for the sake of knowledge, not to score well on a test.
  • Gives the Gift of Time That Allows a Child to Discover His Gifts, Interests, and Passions. Because so much more can be accomplished in less time, children have an opportunity to follow their own interests, hone their skills, and pursue their passions, becoming quite experienced in a subject at a young age. This gift of time opens up windows of opportunity for them.
  • Encourages the Child to Grow in Confidence as He or She is Built Up, Not Torn Down. No one tells them whether they are cool or not. They are allowed to be whomever they choose without fear of ridicule or being pigeonholed. No one makes fun of them when they are in an awkward phase or if they make mistakes. They are free to develop and grow at their own pace and in their own way. They can be who they want to be.
  • Stimulates Character Development and Nurture. Under a watchful eye, a child’s character can be shaped and molded with the gentle hands of a caring parent. Values and beliefs are set in the elementary years. A homeschool environment isn’t just about education, it’s about shaping the whole child and giving him a strong foundation so he can be all he was made to be.
  • Imparts an Excellent Academic Education. Because of the plethora of high quality educational materials available for homeschoolers, a higher quality education is easy to provide. It is not a standardized, low quality, common education. You can provide a specifically tailored, high quality, uncommon education.
  • Enables a Child to Pursue Knowledge Independently. Homeschooled children learn how to learn and are given ample opportunities to independently discover new interests and knowledge. They are not spoon fed an education. Most are given books and encouraged to learn from them. This provides a strong foundation for college – where independent learning is vital to success.
  • Provides a Relaxed Atmosphere That Breeds Creativity and Self Knowledge. Avoiding the hustle and bustle of going to and coming home from school, doing homework, studying for quizzes and tests, and dealing with social drama, homeschooled children are able to let their creative juices flow. They are able to discover what they really like and don’t like, the things they enjoy and don’t enjoy. Homeschoolers find their personal style in everything. They get to know who they are in this world without the influence of critical peers, teachers and administrators.
  • Creates Lifelong Memories. As a family, you’ll gather memories of books read aloud, field trips, projects you did together, and the unique habits of your homeschool family. These serve as markers and fond recollections for the family. A sense of who they are is developed along with great family discussions when they are adults.

 My favorite posts on homeschooling your children:

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How to Homeschool Part 2: Homeschool Methods

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College Prep: Admissions Essay

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College Prep: Visiting Colleges

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College Prep: Paying for College

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College Prep: Portfolios

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College Prep: Test Prep

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College Prep: SAT Subject Tests

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College Prep: CLEP or Not?

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College Prep: Dual Enrollment

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College Prep: AP Anyone?

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College Prep: Be Unique!

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College Prep: Think Extracurricular

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College Prep: Great Transcripts

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College Prep: 8th Grade Counts

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Encouraging Success in Your Children

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Homeschool Methodologies

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Homeschooling Works!

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Organizing Your Homeschool

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First Things First

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Foster Independence

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The Truth about Spelling

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Homeschooling with Purpose

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Evaluating Your Student’s Writing

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Lesson Plans

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Creative and Academic Writing

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The Composition Code

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Academic Writing vs. Creative Writing

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Teach Them to Write!

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Do You Want to Quit Homeschooling?

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Prayer Avails Much

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Guarding Our Thoughts

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Homeschooling from Overflow

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Portraying God Accurately

Portraying God Accurately

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Steps to Self Learning

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Self Learning in the Homeschool

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Journal Writing

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Phonics Intervention

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A Vision for Their Future

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Narration

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Homeschool Planning

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Why You Should Homeschool

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Why Your Child Dislikes Writing

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Free Time

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Removing Rocks

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The Homeschool Journey

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Am I Doing Enough?

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