meschooled students have the choice to study and learn what they want, when they want, for as long as they want. This is not to say that all the basics (and more!) aren’t covered. But those basics may be covered at age six for one child, and at age ten for another, depending on ability, maturity, and interest levels. (Unfortunately, a few states do have unnecessarily restrictive legal requirements; in those states, educational freedom may be limited.) b. Physical Freedom – After the initial shock of leaving the school system has passed parents who homeschooled said they experienced a real sense of freedom. With their lives no longer revolving around school hours, homework, and the school calendar, these families plan off-season vacations, visit parks and museums during the week, and live their lives according to what works for them. c. Emotional Freedom – Sadly, peer pressure, competition, boredom, and bullies — are all part of a typical school day. This can be a particular problem for girls. Studies showed that homeschooled girls have shown that self-esteem remains intact and that these girls continue to thrive. Homeschooled kids can dress and act and think the way they want, without fear of ridicule or a need to “fit in.” They live in the real world, where lives aren’t influenced by their surroundings and peer pressures. d. Religious Freedom – Many families feel their religious and spiritual beliefs are an important part of who they are. Homeschooling provides the opportunity for parents to incorporate their beliefs into their daily lives.
II. Homeschooling is less work for both parents and children. a. Closer Family Relationships – Just about every family stressed the important role that homeschooling played in helping them find time to foster loving ties between all family members. Teens seem to benefit enormously from this interaction, and rebellious, destructive behavior often begins to diminish soon after homeschooling begins. b. Stability During Difficult Times – Whether there’s a new baby, an illness, a death in the family, or another obstacle or transition, homeschooling helps families cope during challenging periods. That way, in case of an extreme family emergency, parents don’t have to drive all the way to the school to pick up their kids. Instead, their kids are right there at home. c. Well-Rested Kids – As more and more studies are illustrating, sleep is vital to the emotional and physical well-being of kids, especially teens and preteens. The effects of early morning classes can be devastating to many children, especially those who are not morning people. Children won’t have much energy in the morning if they were in school. At home, a child can learn at his own pace and won’t feel any rush. d. No Busywork – Homeschooled children can accomplish in a few hours what takes a typical classroom a week or more to cover. It’s harder to teach a classroom of 30 kids than to teach only one kid. In addition, teaching leads to homework, which is no wonder why these kids have so much homework. And that brings us to a major “pro” of homeschooling: No more homework!
III. Homeschooling saves money!
a. Gas – parents can now stop worrying about driving their kids to and from school. Many families pay hundreds of dollars just for gas. With homeschooling, parents can stop worrying about money and can focus more on their children’s education. This goes the same with school buses and field trips. b. Clothes – you can learn in your PJs. Learning in comfort is better than learning in uncomfortable jeans. In home school, you don’t need to be in style, comfort is the key to great success. In regular schools, students worry about style and trends and focus on buying the “in fashion” clothes which can cause them not being able to concentrate on their studies.