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As I approach this topic, I realize how ridiculous it is to assume that I can write about “THE” Top 10 reasons to homeschool. One of the main reasons to homeschool your children is that you can be at the helm. You can do it for whatever reason you want in whatever way you want, so for me to assume that I could come up with the definitive top ten reasons seems kind of silly. My top 10 reasons are top ten for me. There are many homeschooling families I know whose reasons are vastly different from mine. There are, undoubtedly, similar veins and similar convictions behind the reasons that people choose to homeschool but if you took a moment to do the math on all the different reasons, it could get quite staggering. Though there is no way to know the number of homeschoolers (even in the U.S. alone), we can safely assume that there are hundreds of thousands of great reasons to homeschool even if we all only have one thing in common on our top 10 list.

In order to lend a voice other than my own to the subject at hand, I decided to gather a bit of information from other sources. During a recent field trip,  I did an informal survey of some of my fellow homeschooling mothers (on a pontoon boat of all places — we were on a nature cruise, of course!) and I asked them why it was that they had decided to homeschool. Some of their answers were funny. Some were sober. The common thread however was that all of them were passionate about why they were walking this road. We talked at length but here are ten of the reasons that stuck with me from our conversation: 

1. “I want to be the one who sees the “aha” moments in my children. I don’t want to have to hear about what they learned in school that day (if they even remember to tell me). I want to be a part of that, witness and encourage it. I can’t outsource those moments. I’m selfish like that.”

2. “I didn’t want my kid standing in line all day! We went and visited several schools before we made the decision to homeschool and I noticed something that all of them had in common. Everywhere I went, I saw endless lines of kids! They were waiting in line for their teacher to pick them up from one class and go to another. They were waiting in line to eat lunch. They were waiting in line to go to the bathroom. I started to wonder, ‘How much time a day did they spend standing in lines?’ I also heard the hauntingly familiar “We’re not going anywhere until everyone is in line quiet and is standing still!’ and I was instantly taken back to my own school experience. Standing in line was one of my least favorite things to do when I was in school, I didn’t want my kid having to do that all day!

3. “I’ve been in the teaching world. I know how the school system works. I know how it takes an act of congress to get curriculum changed if something’s not working. I wanted have the authority to say, ‘You know what, this is not working for you, is it? Let’s do something different’ and not have to wait until failure upon failure revealed that this was not the route to go. If we see that something is not speaking to our homeschooled children, we have the freedom to go another route. I think that’s huge.”

4. “If anyone’s going to be indoctrinating my children, it’s gonna be ME.”

5. “I want my children to grow up together. I want to provide an environment in which our family was not separated for the majority of the day, 5 days a week, 9 months out of the year. Homeschooling allows my children to grow up together. That’s important to us.”

6. “I want to be the one to answer my child’s questions about life and about the world. I want to know their thoughts, their worries, their big ideas. My children are my greatest treasure and I want to cherish the time I have with them.”

7. “I want to know what my children are being taught and the perspective from which they are being taught and I don’t want to feel like I have to go and un-do things that they’ve learned. Children spend 14,000 seat hours in schools. FOURTEEN THOUSAND. How on earth could I really be involved and aware of what’s being poured into their hearts and minds when they’re gone from me and under the influence of hundreds (even thousands) of others? It’s implausible to think that even if I were the president of the PTA or room mother of the year that I would be as involved as I want to be so instead, I teach them at home.”

8. “I am an adoptive parent. We went halfway around the world to get these children home. Something about sending them away for the majority of their childhood just didn’t seem right.”

9. “The school systems here are not to our satisfaction and private school is not economically feasible for our family.”

10. “What if you were looking at a brochure for a school that claimed it offered: ‘Class ratios as low as 1:1, individualized education plans tailored to the strengths, needs and preferences of each child in the program. Weekly field trips to nature centers, state parks, art museums, historical sites. Classroom instruction that is in line with your family’s world view and core values. A flexible schedule that allows for family cohesiveness.’ Would you jump at the chance to put your children there? I know I would and that’s exactly what we did. Homeschooling lives up to all of those claims.”

So there you have it. Not necessarily “THE TOP TEN”, but very wonderful reasons nonetheless. Are you thinking of homeschooling? What are YOUR reasons?

Julie Clark is a writer and content contributor for LessonPathways.com, an innovative new product that maps online educational resources into ready to teach units.

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More parents are beginning to get the assistance of a homeschooling teacher to help their child succeed in school. There is also an increase in the number of resources in which parents can find homeschooling lessons and home tutoring for their children in local communities and on the internet. And the best part for your child is that colleges and universities have increased their interest in admitting homeschooling students! Below are the top reasons why if you’re a parent, you might want to consider using a homeschooling teacher:

1. Provides your child with the ability to receive help while taking the most challenging courses available to them:

Getting into a top college is a lot harder today than it was years ago! Spaces are limited; competition is fierce. Students must have transcripts that reflect their ability to challenge themselves. Yet, at the same time, they feel the pressure to get A’s in every class they take. It’s too risky to take a difficult class, only to receive an average, or worse, a failing grade. Students who are homeschooled, however, often have the ability to take the hardest classes at their own pace while working with both a teacher and a tutor who help them understand the material from start to finish. The traditional student, on the other hand, must rely on whether the teacher for that particular class will be able to ensure that every student in class understands every lesson, every class, and will have the time to answer every question. And although there are a lot of fantastic teachers out there, we all know that there are a lot of ineffective ones out there as well. So where does that leave parents who are trying to help their child get into the college or university that child so desperately wants to attend? Often, they’re left with the fact that although their child may have the ability to excel in a tough course, they’re not sure whether they should risk that the student might struggle so much that they receive a bad grade. And they’ve been told by guidance and college counselors and other parents who’ve been through the college admissions process that colleges are definitely not looking for students who choose to only take the safest classes. What a lot of people don’t know is that a student who is receiving homeschooling lessons has the ability to take the most difficult classes available to them, even sometimes at their local community college, and under one-on-one guidance and home tutoring of a teacher or tutor.

2. The Homeschooling Teacher has the ability to invest more time into your child’s education:

Although a homeschooling teacher typically has a set of students with whom he or she is working, their focus is on only one student at a time. This allows parents the ability to communicate regularly with a homeschooling teacher about their child’s progress. Parents are also often pleasantly surprised at just how much the homeschooling teacher and tutor are dedicated to and invested in their child’s success, much more than a teacher at a traditional school who usually has over a hundred students with a hundred set of parents to help every day.

3. There is more direct interaction between parent and teacher:

What’s more, a homeschooling teacher and tutor can help the parent tailor the course, including the homeschooling lessons, to better fit the child’s needs and learning style. And of course, if a parent feels as though the homeschooling teacher is not effectively helping their child, the parent is free to change teachers. Of course, this is not so easy to do at a traditional school!

4. Homeschooling students still have the ability to socialize with other students their age:

It is true that students need time to socialize with others their age. Yet, many homeschoolers are involved in athletic clubs, social organizations, and many extracurricular activities available to them in the community, such as theatre, dance troupes. And rarely do homeschooling students complain of a lack of an ability to socialize and “hang out” with kids their age. There are just too many ways outside of the traditional classroom to do this. Many students also find that outside of their home tutoring, they have opportunities available to them to expand their learning through trips to museums, parks, and other venues, which helps to make them well-rounded active learners.

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For this article, I thought I would list five reasons that you should consider homeschooling your children.

Homeschooling is becoming more and more common. Estimates are that there is over 1 million kids being homeschooled in the United States. So what are some of the reasons parents decide to homeschool their children? Let’s take a look at five of those reasons.

Better Education

One of the biggest reasons parents decide to homeschool their children is because they feel they can provide for their child a better education. After all, who is going to know the children more and what they need to learn then their parents? If parents choose to homeschool their children, they can decide what the child should know and keep an eye on their education at all times. A child’s education is one of the most important things in their life, it needs to be top quality.

Religion

This can be a heated topic, but many parents choose to homeschool their children so that religion can be brought into the education. Whether you agree that religion should be taught in education or not, it’s up for the parents to decide what their children learn, not any of us. If you are considering homeschooling your children and you want to include Religion, then go right ahead. If you don’t want to use religion, then you don’t have to. It’s your choice! You’re the parent!

Poor Learning Environment

Another reason that parents choose to homeschool their children is due to a poor learning environment at school. Let’s face it, the learning environment at school isn’t usually too great. Classrooms are filled with distractions, interruptions, etc.

I remember one time in sixth grade, right during the middle of class, my sixth grade teacher actually stopped class to run and call into a radio contest show. Was that really necessary? If you homeschool your children, they don’t have to deal with any of this.

Peer Pressure/Safety

Another problem with some schools is the peer pressure from other students and the violence in classrooms. When you send your kids off to school, you just never know who they may interact with and you don’t know what they might be exposed too. Will someone get them to try drugs? Will someone hurt them? Homeschooling your children eliminates that problem.

Family Time

And finally, we come to Family time. This is another reason parents choose to homeschool their children. Life can be busy at times. The kids may be at school during the day, but in the evening, dinner is being cooked, homework is being done, the children are out with friends, etc. How often do you really get a chance to spend time with your kids in the evening? By homeschooling your children, you have the chance to be around them the entire day.

These are just five of the many reasons parents choose to homeschool their children. If you are thinking of homeschooling your children, then good luck with it! I also recommend you check out Professor Homeschool. It is an e-book explaining all about how to begin homeschooling. I went ahead and included the link to this e-book in my author information. It has all the information you need to know to get started. So educate yourself with this information and start homeschooling!

Justin decided to write this article because he was homeschooled since 7th grade and saw the benefits from it. For the complete guide to begin homeschooling, check out: Professor Homeschool – The Complete Guide To Begin Homeschooling Your Children.

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