The many benefits of homeschooling mean more kids and teens than ever are learning at home. Families want the advantages of homeschooling, with the flexibility, academic benefits, efficiency, and opportunities homeschooling can offer. They seek an education and even a lifestyle that’s not based on minimum standards and a one-size-fits-all approach. Here are a few more benefits of homeschooling.
Excellent education. The overriding goal of homeschooling is to educate children. In this, homeschool excels. Because of the many advantages offered by homeschooling, there is simply no better way to educate a child. That homeschooling is a great way to educate a child can be shown in several ways. First, consider the items in this list. Many of these benefits are easy to understand and the positive impact they have on children are obvious. Second, homeschooled children perform better on standardized tests. Third, homeschoolers are becoming sought-after for higher education. Many colleges and universities have begun to modify their admission practices to not only allow for, but to encourage, homeschoolers to apply for admission.
Dedicated teachers with a great teacher-to-student ratio. One factor that is known to be extremely important to educating a child effectively is the teacher-to-student ratio-that is, the number of students for which a teacher is responsible. Other factors include the degree of connection present between teacher and student and the amount of dedication a teacher has to a specific child. Homeschooling excels in both these areas. Who can be more dedicated to helping a child learn successfully than that child's parent? Parents love their children and dedicate their lives to helping their children successfully grow to maturity. So, no one is more dedicated to a child than the parent. And, homeschooling is done largely on a one-on-one basis; there can't be a better teacher-to-student ratio than that. In these two areas, which are both critical to a child's education, homeschooling is simply the best scenario.
Choosing what works. Another benefit of homeschooling is parental choice in the basic elements of education. You can choose your own curriculum and resources, helping your child learn different subjects or from different viewpoints. You can help your child learn at the level she is ready for rather than being locked into an arbitrary grade level. She could even be at one level for reading and a different level for math. You can homeschool according to a schedule that works best for your child and your family. In most states, parents can even set their own graduation requirements, helping teens prepare for work, a creative life, or college with high school years that make sense for that individual child. You can also even find benefits to starting homeschooling in the high school years.
Here at Team ELM we currently have 2 certified teachers homeschooling students. Here’s what they have to say about the benefits of homeschooling.
Erika Mandel says “Tutoring is so different from homeschooling. You make the lessons to decide which standards to teach to meet common core standards, when tutoring you’re assisting in another teacher's lesson. When you homeschool, children explore creativity instead of just teaching for the tests. I think that home schooling takes away the anxiety of feeling like you're not doing as well as other students. This way children can reach their own potential at their own pace. And in more recent events homeschool has its benefits due to the COVID pandemic. You’re in control of your child’s safety, you don’t have to worry that the other families are following a protocol you’re comfortable with.”
Alex Goos says “Homeschooling is so important, now more than ever. Homeschooling allows for children to safely and comfortably learn all fundamental skills like reading, writing, math, science and social studies, while also allowing children to develop their social skills by communicating with their teacher in person. The one on one aspect also allows the teacher to focus solely on the individual child’s needs at their own pace. “
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