Parents cite these reasons on why they homeschool their children:
Children get a better education at home
Poor learning environment at school
Object to the Common Core
School does not challenge the child
Special needs and/or learning disabilities
Participation in sports, drama, dance or gymnastics
Enables family to travel
Many studies have found that homeschooled children outperform their peers on standardized tests. In addition, students graduating from homeschool are active and involved in their communities. Homeschoolers’ ACT and SAT scores are higher than those of public school students.
Why does homeschool work?
Homeschooling is one-on one: Studies have shown that the smaller the
student-teacher ratio, the better the student performs. Each student is helped individually. All students will master a basic skill or concept before moving to more advanced concepts. This method ensures that learning is taking place. In essence, homeschooling is a one-to-one student-teacher ratio.
Learning is tailored to each child’s educational needs: Each child’s
educational program is customized to meet their strengths, learning styles and interests to maximize learning. Customized learning allows the teacher to focus on areas of interest or giftedness. This method increases a student’s motivation to learn which results in a love for learning.
Independent thinking: Homeschooled students are less likely to follow
groups. They are typically independent thinkers who tend to be more mature than their peers. The ability to think for themselves results in less influences from peer pressure.
Safe learning environment: Children who are homeschooled are not the
victims of teasing, bullying, negative peer pressure or school violence.
Strong family bonds are forged: Parents are an active part of their children’s lives as they grow. Siblings grow closer and more supportive of one another. Families are able to travel and explore field trips within the community to enhance the learning process. Besides the benefits to children, parents and guardians are enlivened by the education they are receiving alongside their children and find themselves wanting to spend more and more time with their children.