I was homeschooled all through my highschool years. I am a 2012 homeschool graduate - and I love being able to say that. All of those hardworking school years were such a blessing. And I wouldn’t trade them for any sort of education I could’ve gotten elsewhere.
The following are seven reasons why I loved being homeschooled. And also why I think it’s so special and incredible and, ultimately, the best way (yes, I may be biased) to educate your children.
And to any of my fellow homeschooler graduates (or if you are currently still being homeschooled), please feel free to comment with any points that I may have missed.
1) The world was my classroom.
Everyday, everything my family and I did, everywhere we went was a learning opportunity. School is a never-ending learning process. Just because I wasn’t in a classroom doesn’t mean I wasn’t studying. And I’ll be learning new things for the rest of my life.
2) I could listen to music while working.
This is a huge thing for me because I can’t live without music, and I can actually concentrate better while listening to music.
3) I could create my own schedule.
My day may have gotten interrupted by an emergency, a quick run to the store, or because my parents wanted to throw in a week-long vacation while the rest of the kids were in public school. I could work with my own schedule, choose my own times to study, and decide on what subjects to study at which hours. Cuz honestly, I hated doing math in the morning, but I could work with languages no problem.
4) No school outfits.
Three words: sweats and hoodies.
5) Getting first-hand experience on teaching my own children someday.
I will, LORD-willing, continue this second generation tradition of educating my future children someday. Being able to help my parents teach my siblings now is a great learning time for me.
6) Instead of having to hear the world’s viewpoint on certain subjects and then come home and hear the Biblical worldview, being homeschooled is a way to filter the foulness of the world.
And no, I’m not saying that I was always able to keep my ears innocent, but my parents were able to [try to] control what I would hear, when I would hear it and be able to be right there alongside me to teach me through it.
7) Learning at home gave me a love of BEING at home.
Not as homebodies who are scared of going outside, but to have a healthy love for the home and its atmosphere. I love traveling, but there’s absolutely no better feeling than to come home to my parents and siblings after being gone for a while.
Homeschooling is hard, but trusting that God will provide and give you the strength and patience you need is all a part of homeschooling. I am so thankful that my parents stuck with my brother and me through our school years, and continue to with my younger siblings.