Pros And Cons Of Homeschooling

As a Mom with a homeschool son at Oxford University I can give a unique insight into the pros and cons of homeschooling especially as I'm in the rare position of having been taught at home myself!

pros and cons of homeschooling

Homeschool isn't for everyone and I've tried to give you a full picture here of both the advantages as well as the problems you'll come up against.

After all, before you start it's nice to know what lies ahead!

One thing that's definitely true is that there are lots of myths around homeschooling.

And you're bound to be full of doubts and fears because teaching your child at home is probably the scariest thing you'll ever do!

To give you confidence that you really can do this, the Courageous Homeschooling Handbook will overcome your fears and show you how to set up your homeschool.

The Courageous Homeschooling Handbook for families thinking of starting teaching their child at home

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Let's begin by asking the vital question:

Is homeschooling the right decision for you and your family?

Come and see why families chose to make the leap and what their reasons are so you can make your mind up.

what homeschooling looks like

Before you weigh up the pros and cons of homeschooling, the next step is to see what homeschooling looks like in real life. 

You'll find every family is different and has their unique way of doing things.  Have a look here to see.

The Cons

I'm starting with the cons of homeschooling - which seems a bit strange since I love homeschooling!

You'll find that the majority of the disadvantages people talk about have answers - and are easily outweighed by the pros.

The Bad Things

What are the worst cons? It has to be: THE RELATIVES. Closely followed by friends and neighbors.

The Disadvantages

Looking at the pros and cons of homeschooling means considering the potential disadvantages too! One of the biggest is the feeling of responsibility...

home school fears

Home school fears

Get reassurance from over 1,000 homeschool families who have 'been there' and 'done that' so you can see that everything really is going to work out fine in the end.

Why Not To Start

The pros and cons of homeschooling can balance out on the wrong side. The biggest reason to decide home school isn't for you is one that any stay-at-home Mom or Dad knows – the effect on you as a person.

Wendy Priesnitz quote about home based education

Are you risking your child's future?

  • Is your child missing out on all the things school can provide? Find out here.

Just to let you into a secret: teaching at home isn't magic! I wouldn't start if you expect your child to excel in everything.

  • Here are some of the main arguments that will put you off.
  • Find out about the cons from the people who should know best! Parents give their views.
  • Find out more about the real problems with homeschooling here. You'll see the thing I hate most about teaching the children is when nothing seems to happen…

The pros and cons of homeschooling are often over-balanced by a daily battle with niggling fears and doubts, especially when it feels like the whole world is watching you! But don't worry; you CAN do this and it's going to be the best decision you ever made.

The Pros

I'm going to start the pros section with a page to answer the what is unschooling question because this often seems to be a puzzle to people new to homeschooling.

John Holt is a homeschooling icon whatever teaching method you follow, and you'll be inspired by the fabulous quotes I've picked out from him.

John Holt quote on children's learning

School Bullying And The Advantages of Homeschool Socialization

Find out the facts about school bullying and hear from parents whose children have suffered why they think homeschooling is so much better.

The Benefits: Why Home School?

What are the pros and cons of homeschooling? Teaching our children ourselves was definitely the best decision we've ever made.

More Homeschooling Benefits: A Close Family

Hands-up! We love teaching the children because it works for all of us. It brings the whole family closer together because you're not being torn apart by conflicting pressures.  One of the pros of home schooling must be that you can make the most of the time you have together.

Why The Social Disadvantages of Homeschooling Are Over-Rated

The reason you have no need to fear the biggest bugbear of them all.

Benefits to Homeschooling The negative effects of peer pressure have been well documented – and the results can be devastating. This is your child and their childhood; you don't get another chance at either.

Grades don't measure intelligence and age doesn't define maturity

Celebrating Homeschooling Socialization

When you look at the pros and cons of homeschooling, you're bound to face the socialization question.

Look here to see a celebration of how home school can give your child a much more natural and positive way of making friends.

Mary Kay Clark quote about socialization
Why I Love Teaching My Kids At Home

So you want to know the advantages of homeschooling? It has to be the freedom you have to let your children learn by following their own interests.

With up to 30 children in a class, it's impossible for school to do what you can do yourself.

The Academic Advantage of homeschooling is another pro.  Even if academic success is not the main reason for your choice, it's nice to know that research proves just how effective home school is when it comes to results.

The Courageous Homeschooling Handbook with help and advice about homeschooling with autism.

Real-life stories about homeschooling autism and other disabilities proving children are far better off being taught at home.

If you'd like some encouragement, you'll find the greatest thinkers in the world have questioned whether school is the best place to learn.  Read their words in this fabulous homeschool book of quotes.

Homeschooling quotes and inspiration
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And, along with tips to motive your child, you'll see below that one of the biggest advantages of home education is academic success.

Advantages of homeschooling

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What a great website – I like that you've pointed out that one of the disadvantages of homeschool is relatives and other people. I don't think I've seen it written quite like that before.

Well done all of you!


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