Families Homeschool for Diverse Reasons
There are as many different reasons families homeschool as there are homeschooling families. For many, homeschooling is a calling. Some say it is a necessity, and others simply say it is a choice. Regardless of the reasons families choose home education, each individual must make the decision freely, and both parents of a two-parent home must be on board for the homeschool to be successful. Homeschooling is a full-time job for the primary homeschooling parent who stays at home day to day.
Points to Consider
- Religious Convictions. Many families homeschool because they feel God has called them to do so. They want to provide a biblical education for their children and desire to nurture their kids in a godly environment. The freedom to choose curricula means parents can teach creation science, history from a biblical timeline, and can choose reading materials that complement their worldview. Prayer can be a regular part of the school day, as well as structuring their coursework using the Bible as the foundation.
- Medical/Special Needs. Some families choose homeschooling for their children with special needs so they can provide one-on-one teaching, reduce or even eliminate the need for certain medications, and protect their children from issues like exposure to allergens. Many resources are available for this growing homeschooling segment.
- Educational Environment. Concerns over school violence, bullying, overcrowded classrooms, long school days, long commutes, teacher qualifications, and peer pressure are just some of the reasons parents choose to homeschool.
- Academic Excellence. Many parents homeschool in order to cater their curriculum to meet the needs of their child. One-on-one instruction, the ability to complete coursework in a more efficient manner, teaching for mastery, and customized lessons are some ways parents provide stronger academics than many schools can provide.
Regardless of the reasons a families homeschool, the wealth of resources and support available to homeschooling families makes it easier than ever to provide a stellar education, customized for each child.
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