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Reasons parents homeschool their children
posted by Karen Quinn, The Testing Mom - April 28th, 2014
There are many reasons parents homeschool their children.
You can download our complete Homeschool Survival Guide here. Please note: there are mentions of Common Core in this guide for those homeschool parents who do plan to eventually send their child back into the public schools.
Here are just a few of the reasons parents homeschool:
- Fit. You’ve always known you wanted to homeschool your child, from the day he was born. That’s just the way you roll!
- Philosophy. You believe schoolwork should be done quickly and kids should then be given opportunities to explore and learn though experience.
- Poor Quality Schools. You live in an area where the public schools aren’t up to par (either quality of instruction, safety, class-size, whatever!) and you don’t want to subject your little one to that environment.
- Child Not Learning. Your child isn’t learning in school and you are tired of spending hours at night on homework re-teaching her what she should have learned during the day.
- Social Factors. You are tired of your child having to deal with bullies, mean girls, or teasing at school with an administration that won’t take a stand and help.
- Struggling Child. Your child is struggling to keep up in the classroom, either because of learning issues or because he’s one of 35 kids and the teacher just can’t pay attention to everyone.
- Gifted Child. Your gifted child is bored because her public school teacher “teaches to the middle” and doesn’t pay attention to those who naturally excel. Or worse – your child is actually helping to teach the class!
- Something Happens. There is a precipitating event. Kids are threatening your child in school. The school calls you in to say your child can’t keep up and what are you going to do about it? Your child hates school so much that mornings become a battlefield. Your child is assigned a teacher who just doesn’t “get” him. Your child is on the autism spectrum and the class the school is offering her isn’t the right fit. Your child is dealing with a serious illness and can’t attend classes in a public school setting. Something has to change NOW.
- Values or Religious Beliefs. You aren’t pleased to see your family values eroded as your child spends more time in an institutional setting where people with different beliefs and mores influence him everyday.
- Lifestyle. Your family has a lifestyle that requires you to travel frequently and pull your kids out of school if you want to stay together. Or maybe one parent is in the military, you relocate a lot, and it just makes more sense to homeschool your kids.The reasons for homeschooling vary from family to family and even child to child, but all reasons are valid. As a parent, you need to do what feels right for your family and child. If homeschooling seems like it may be the best choice for you right now, then it is important for you to do your research, learn what you need to know to get started, decide that you want to make the commitment, and go for it. It may turn out to be the perfect choice!
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