Why Homeschooling Is Better:
What Makes It Such A Good Idea?

Do you ever ask yourself, "Why Homeschooling is Better?" or "Is Homeschooling a Good Idea?" If so, you're not alone. Many moms are in the same boat, considering homeschooling but often feeling overwhelmed and unsure. But don't worry, it's not as scary as it seems. In fact, it can be one of the most rewarding decisions you’ll ever make for your child.

Reasons why homeschooling is better

Freedom And Flexibility

Let's start with the first reason why homeschooling is better: freedom. With homeschooling, there's no alarm clock demanding your child to wake up even when they haven't had enough sleep. They can learn at their own pace, respecting their natural rhythm.

Furthermore, the flexibility homeschooling offers is unmatched. Your child can explore their interests, dive deep into subjects they're passionate about, and visit places they’ve learned about for a real-life experience. They don't have to wait until the weekend or school breaks to learn and grow.

As for the traditional school system bit: schools are known for structure, strict timetables, and standardized tests. Now, how many times have you wished for your child to have the opportunity to follow their interests and learn at their pace rather than being boxed into a rigid system?

As a homeschooler, your child has the freedom to follow their passion, the time to pursue it and to follow it wherever it may lead.

For instance, if your child takes a particular interest in butterflies, you can tailor their lessons around that, go on field trips (we traveled the country chasing butterfly species to photograph), and allow them to learn in a way that excites them. Just have a look at some of the projects that took my homeschool son all the way to Oxford University, one of the top Universities in the world:

It's one-on-one education at its best.

Why Homeschooling Wins

Courageous Homeschooling Handbook updated in 2024

"Looking back, I should never have sent my daughter to school. She was doing so well at home. School just destroyed her confidence and took out that love of learning." ~ Sheila, The Courageous Homeschooling Handbook

In the Courageous Homeschooling Handbook, I asked the largest group of families ever brought together to share the reasons they love homeschooling.

“The thing I like most is that we are free to work along our own schedules.  I really disliked having to take my child in 5 days a week at set times.  Life is too short to give your children up to others to be raised!”

~ Saadiya, The Courageous Homeschooling Handbook

Homeschooling is also a haven where we can offer a safe environment for our children to grow and learn.

This is especially valuable if you child has suffered from school bullying or struggles with the current tsunami of school anxiety.  Look at what Lisa says:

"The comforting thing about schooling at home when you have anxiety, is the ability to just take a break and regroup in a loving supportive environment."

~ Lisa, The Courageous Homeschooling Handbook

So, while traditional schools create a single program and expect all students to adapt, homeschooling allows you to adapt what you teach based on your child's strengths, weaknesses, and interests.

This is especially important if your child has challenges like dyslexia and autism. Despite some very good schools and some excellent teachers, on the whole school can be a very damaging environment:

"School was such a horrible experience. The few times we tried public school they were bullied, bored, taught in a way that didn't work for them."

~Batty, Part 3: The Courageous Homeschooling Handbook

With homeschooling, you can organize the curriculum and lessons to suit your child’s optimal learning time and style. Is your child a visual learner? You can use more diagrams and images. Do they learn more from hands-on activities? The world is your classroom with projects and activities to cover all the main subjects from Math to science, as homeschoolers prove with their mostly free suggestions in our Brainstorm Ideas book

You Can Do This

All of these reasons touch directly on why families love homeschooling. But it doesn't mean it’s devoid of challenges. Yes, it requires commitment, planning, patience, and yes, your friends and relations might question or criticize your choice.

However, what matters most is not what others think, but how your child learns and grows. Homeschooling puts you in the driver's seat of your child's education. It makes learning a joyful journey rather than a formality.

If you're unsure about your teaching abilities, remember, there are numerous homeschooling resources and networks to support you. From curriculum plans to free online learning resources to homeschooling communities, the help is always there when you need it.

Always remember that no one understands your child better than you. You know their strengths, their passions, and their dreams. Who can be better than you to guide and support them on their educational journey?

"This is the start of a beautiful adventure. Everything you need is inside of you. Homeschooling was hard at first for me but now it’s the thing I most look forward to." ~ Hannah, The Courageous Homeschooling Facebook group

The Courageous Homeschooling Handbook with 60+ 4-5 star reviews on Amazon shares all the reasons why homeschooling is such a good idea along with answers to the fears we all share like:

  • Can I do this?
  • Will my child miss out?
  • What about friends?
  • How do I fit everything in?

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"Outstanding. Loved these books. Absolutely honest and realistic approach to homeschooling. For anyone who has doubts or fears , it's great to have a concise and well-informed place to go to. Well done."

~ Amazon 5 star review

Why Homeschooling Is Better

In the world of homeschooling, every day can be an adventure. You can spend the day exploring a museum, cooking a meal from a different culture, mining facts about gemstones, or just enjoying a good book together. The opportunities are endless.

Homeschooling also enables you to instill values that are important to your family so you can ensure their education aligns with your family's morals and beliefs. It gives you much more quality time with your children, fostering deeper relationships. You can witness your child's progress, share their excitement, and guide them through tough spots – all on an ongoing basis.

Homeschooling also breaks the age barrier found in traditional schools. Your child can mingle with children and adults of various ages, crafts, and cultures far more freely than in a typical educational environment.  In this page I argue that, far from being at a social disadvantage, one of the reasons why homeschooling is better is that it offers so many opportunities to make real friends.

"The socialising side of homeschooling is one I always get struck with and I really think it's ridiculous....

Since I have taken my son out of school he actually has a better social life and he mixes with children of all ages, he is so much happier, more patient and helpful to younger children, and his confidence has blossomed."

~ Helena

Moreover, your child will learn essential life skills along with academic curriculum - home economics, budgeting, gardening, or volunteering, to name a few.

Plus, a homeschooling environment ensures your child can truly learn without the fear of failing. They can take risks, make mistakes, and learn from them in a safe and supportive environment.

8 reasons to homeschool

To sum up, homeschooling is focused, flexible, and fulfilling. It may be a road less traveled, but homeschooling has the potential to transform the conventional definition of schooling and education.

Just look at the growing numbers of parents turning to homeschooling. They truly believe that this alternative form of learning is better for their children. And the list of successful people who were homeschooled is enough to reassure us that homeschooling delivers excellent results.

We must remember that every child is unique and should be allowed to learn in a way that suits them best. With homeschooling, you can provide a made to measure education, tailored precisely to your child and their needs.

If you're still pondering, "is homeschooling a good idea," consider giving it a try. You can always switch back if it doesn't work for your family.

What's more, you can get support, encouragement and reassurance in my Courageous Homeschooling Facebook support group where no one judges anyone else. Come and ask as many questions as you like, we are all here to help each other.

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Homeschooling is a wonderful journey to embark upon. It truly allows your child to blossom into who they are meant to be, propelling them to reach their potential.

The benefits of homeschooling can't be understated. It’s a fantastic blend of freedom, flexibility, creativity, one-on-one attention, family bonding, and personalized learning all rolled into one exceptional educational package.

So yes homeschooling is a good idea. Your child's education is so important they deserve nothing but the best.

FYO: Sonya Chappell wrote this article, and used GPT-4, OpenAI’s large-scale language-generation model, as a research assistant to develop source material. The author wrote the final draft in its entirety and takes ultimate responsibility for the content of this publication.

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