There are so many benefits to homeschooling your child(ren). There are the usual benefits of homeschooling of course such as the actual education that your children receive. But there are the unexpected benefits too. My kids for example are so much closer than they would be if they weren’t homeschooled.
The Unexpected Benefits of Homeschooling
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Getting to watch your child get it.
When they read their first book, figure out a tough math problem on their own, there is nothing like it. Knowing that you had something to do with that is an amazing feeling as a parent.
There are times when I have to learn something, or relearn it, before teaching my kids and then getting to teach them and them getting it… best feeling ever!
Seeing your children form closer friendships with each other than typically found in other school settings.
Age often defines the age group that public school children form friendships. Homeschooled children are often interacting with children of various ages whether in co-ops or homeschool groups as well as other activities.
They aren’t limited to forming friendships with kids that are only their ages.
Freedom to vacation in the off-season.
Feel like going on a family vacation but don’t want to deal with the crowds? Not a problem, because you are able to travel at anytime. You can school from anywhere.
One of our most favorite family vacations was going to British Columbia in May one year. The weather was beautiful, places weren’t crowded, it was perfect. And we didn’t worry about missed school.
Freedom to take a field trip to the zoo or museum when everyone else is in school.
We love this one. Our favorite time to go to the science center is an hour or so after they open. An hour because they have shows they put on and this is our favorite part now, and morning because everyone is in school
Knowing exactly where your child excels such that you can encourage them where they need it most.
Everyone learns at different rates, if your child has learned something quickly, there is no reason to not move onto the next. And vise versa. They can learn at their own pace.
Freedom to enjoy balanced home-cooked lunches everyday.
Add to the fact that your child(ren) can help make or even do it on their own… home economics.
Kids love to learn how to cook and bake. My oldest proudly made an apple pie for our Thanksgiving. She also loves to make different muffins for lunch.
Lots of extra cuddle time, and extra time to use their imaginations and play outdoors.
My daughter has said her favorite part of homeschooling is getting to go to gymnastics, to play outside, and to go to the skating rink when everyone else is in school. Freedom would be her favorite part of homeschooling.
I don’t have to worry about them having sick days, instead we cuddle and watch TV or documentaries if we want to learn a little something.
What the unexpected benefits of homeschooling that your family enjoys?