There are many long-term benefits of homeschooling that go unnoticed. If you are considering homeschooling your child but are on the fence, this is the article for you.
Many parents who have the time and means to travel refrain from doing so due to their child’s school schedule. It is hard to plan a trip around homework assignments, tests, quizzes, as well as parental obligations. What many people fail to realize is the value of travel to a child’s education. Kids who travel are more open-minded and accepting of the world around them. They can see that their community makes up only a small piece of the world. From this sprouts a habit of learning from the world around them. Homeschooled kids are used to learning in a variety of environments. They learn how to view the world around them as their teacher, picking up lessons from experience as they live
It’s no secret that kids are better in some subjects than they are in others. Imagine a child who excels at reading and writing but is average when it comes to science and math. In a traditional school setting, the child’s work in the first two subjects would shine in comparison to that of the other students. While this is good, the child will continue to learn those subjects at the same rate as the rest of the class, never being challenged to meet their full potential.
If the child is homeschooled, their education can be tailored to their strengths. They can continue taking math and science classes at their grade level, but they can study more challenging versions of the English and writing at the same time. Nothing inspires a child to excel more than a good challenge.
Many homeschool programs are online nowadays, meaning students proactively long in to complete their lessons. Even traditional homeschool programs lean toward fostering independence, as students are often expected to find the time to complete their studies on their own. Homeschooling students become more likely to start things on their own. They learn to seek out opportunities rather than waiting for those opportunities to fall into their laps.
This is an especially valuable skill in this day and age, as entrepreneurship is thriving. The independence and self-discipline learned throughout a child’s homeschool career will help them when it comes to applying for colleges and blazing their own career path.
Because homeschooled kids are not placed in social situations every single day, they are inspired to find their own friends and communities outside of a brick and mortar school. This might be through a church, extracurricular activities, programs specifically for socializing homeschooled kids, etc. Homeschooled kids learn how to initiate conversation and make friends anywhere they go. They are often more capable of conversing with adults, as they develop conversational skills through their experience. This set of social skills set homeschooled kids apart when it comes to life after school and college. Traditionally schooled kids might not be as comfortable finding friends outside of school and work as homeschooling kids.