Posted by: angiefm | October 2, 2009

The Benefits of Homeschooling

More than a year ago, a dear friend blessed me with a copy of The Real Life Home School Mom (It’s a Life in ReVision) by Virginia Knowles.  I highly recommend it (and no, I don’t sell it :)).

Well I put off reading it because I always have SO MANY books going on at the same time, but recently, when I was deciding which books to bring to the Singapore Homeschool Group Book Day to sell, I found it again and decided to start reading it. 

It has been a refreshing, back-to-basics read, and in the first chapter, she lists her personal “pro” list for homeschooling.  It reads like this:

  • Nurture a lifetime love of learning in a natural, affirming atmosphere
  • Grow in unity as we spend time learning with and about each other
  • Watch our children blossom and know that we played a major role
  • Refresh our own knowledge of school subjects
  • Direct the education and upbringing of our children (Deuteronomy 6:4-7)
  • Present issues in the context of our family’s values and beliefs
  • Select and customise effective methods and curriculum for each child
  • Give individual attention so each child can work at his or her own level
  • Weave school subjects together logically and creatively
  • Delve deeper into fascinating topics, while cutting out busy work
  • Let our children pursue personally motivating interests and projects
  • Find out what truly works for our children with learning disabilities
  • Protect our children from physical dangers rampant on school campuses
  • Reduce peer pressure and competition, while offering positive training and opportunities for socialisation
  • Set our own daily and yearly schedules
  • Train our children in the work ethic and responsible living
  • Stay in touch with our child’s environment
  • Deal with problems promptly in accordance with family policies
  • Teach children to make wise choices and set solid standards for excellence using the Bible, good literature, and mature adults as resources.

I showed the list to TC and we had a good time discussing which were priorities for us.  After almost 5 years of homeschooling, it looks like little has changed for us … spending time with each other, spiritual training, inspiring a love for learning and a customised education came up tops for both of us.

For those of you who homeschool, what are your reasons for doing so?  Are both parents in agreement and do your children understand why you homeschool?  Try using the list as a springboard for discussion.

For those of you who are not homeschooling, which of these appeals to you and what can you consciously do as a stay-home or full-time-working parent to gain the same benefits without homeschooling?

At this time of the year, we start thinking about the next school year.  I’m a compulsive planner though a terrible executor, so the planning excites me!  So there should be a few posts about planning in the next couple of months.  Stay tuned!  🙂

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Responses

  1. You already said it in your writeup, albeit implicitly. You homeschool bc you just simply enjoy doing it. Don’t need to come up with an essay or even book of reasons, lah. 😉


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