I never really understood the homeschooler stereotype. Sure there are typical homeschool families with 10 kids, two horses, and a dog (in fact I knew a family like that and they were pretty awesome)! But there are also homeschoolers who travel the world, homeschoolers who are elite athletes, gifted kids, lazy kids, performers, and then just your average Joe’s! If you look hard enough you can find homeschoolers with every personality type, just like in “normal” school. It’s because of comedians like Tim Hawkins (don’t get me wrong he’s hilarious) and natural human naivety that we have the homeschool stereotype that we do. But, despite the hype and stereotype, homeschooling benefits are awesome and the results are in. Because the best homeschooling benefits include individualized education, better preparation for college, more interesting courses, and more family time. What’s better than that?
College Preparation. Listen up everyone– homeschooling is nothing to be ashamed of because you’re probably going to do better than your peers! In fact multiple studies show that homeschoolers score more highly on college entrance exams and state standardized tests when compared to students who attend public and private schools. Not only that, but many students also have the ability to graduate early or receive college credit while still in high school. And statistics say homeschoolers are more prepared for college so they have lower drop out rates and achieve higher grades. Don’t let anyone tell you that what you’re doing isn’t “real school work” you’re working just as hard if not harder than those who attend public and private school!
Relaxed Schedule. One of my favorite homeschooling benefits is the relaxed schedule. Most of your non-homeschooled friends are getting up around 6:00 am, some of them are riding school buses for 30 minutes or more, while still others are stuck at after school detention. As a homeschooler you don’t have to worry about that! You can sleep in and even do your school work in your pajamas. You can chew gum, you can eat food as you please, and I doubt that your lunchtime is confined to twenty minutes in a crowded cafeteria. If you want to do school during the evening, go for it. If you work outside your house and only do school 2 days a week, that’s fine too. No police or truency officer will be banging down your door.
More Freedom and Individuality. Some of the best homeschooling benefits are related to choices. We get to choose curriculum, courses, and what we want to learn about! None of your friends that go to traditional school can say they get to choose what courses they want to take, books they want to read, and languages they want to study. They’re boxed in to what the school offers. Not you! The world is open to you because you can take school wherever you are! So, travel, go on missions trips, and make field trips part of your classroom.
Better Social Experiences. Let’s face it, middle and high school can be an awkward time. That’s why homeschooling is so great! When you’re learning at home, you’re surrounded by people who know and love you every day. You also don’t have to worry about the school bully (although I suppose that siblings could sometimes be considered bullies)! When you’re homeschooled, you can be who you are and not worry about fitting in to the “in crowd” or finding people to accept you. Homeschoolers can join groups, sports, or organizations based around things you like, not only what’s available at the school, and you instantly have your posse. When it comes to the benefits of homeschool, you’re living the life!
I’m writing this article because I want you to understand the benefits of homeschooling and see that homeschooling is nothing to be ashamed of! You’re not any less intelligent or any more socially awkward. Chances are you don’t have 10 siblings (but if you do that’s AWESOME, life must be a giant party). If someone asks you why you’re homeschooled all you have to say is that you want to be homeschooled because the benefits of homeschooling far outweigh any negatives. Your education is your choice and I think you’ve made the right one!