Reasons for Homeschooling

Collected by Nancy Winans, with the help of Jasmin Gerer and other parents
(These are in no particular order and could be any or all of the following for any family)

Families homeschool to be able to:

individualize our student’s education

have a family-based learning experience

allow our children to learn at their own pace

allow our children to follow their passions and explore their interests

to spend more time as a family

allow more time for our children to grow

have time for travel

be part of a small community (homeschool or other)

have time for special instruction in music, art, or sports

teach children with techniques that work best for their learning style or learning differences

avoid ‘pop’ culture and ‘peer driven’ behavior

to limit the amount of stress, and to avoid sleep deprivation and learning burnout

to gradually introduce them to formalized learning situations (home learning to group learning to formal classes)

follow a particular educational or developmental philosophy

have learning be free-flowing, not stopped by bells or artificial time periods

respect and delight in individual differences

impart our family’s values

have education include a greater emphasis on any of the following (than what is done in regular schools): health, politics, cooking and home arts, woodworking, gardening, the environment, spiritual or   personal growth, arts and music, academic area or other subject

to determine our own schedules, have a flexible schedule or schedule that fits with parents’ work schedule

‘unschool’ by allowing the child to learn through daily activities and as their interest dictates

to follow a more rigorous academic program

follow our religious, spiritual, alternative lifestyle, moral, or political views

have our children included in the family business

save our students daily wasted time with testing, teacher paperwork, and time going between classes, etc.

have more time with a sick or dying family member or deal with a student’s medical condition

educate our children in a physically and emotionally safe environment

challenge our children intellectually

have our children socialized primarily by their parents

act against mainstream educational practices

hold on to the innocence of childhood

to allow for families who share custody to create a flexible school schedule that isn’t dependent on a regular school calendar

ensure that our children with disabilities (of any type) receive their needed accommodations for learning

allow children to read, play, do art or whatever for hours at a time

protect our children from bullying, harassment or traumatic school experiences (or allow them time to recover from these experiences)

have more time for social connection

avoid government bureaucracy and control

create time and common experiences for siblings to develop deeper relationships

prepare for competitive and selective colleges

develop deeper relationships with extended family

create a specialized learning program for a child with a severe disability

build relationships with community members/mentors who assist in educating our children

have more exposure to real life learning experiences

learn within and be involved in the greater community

have a choice in who our children’s role models are and what they are exposed to

determine our own priorities

use or create an environment that works best for our child to learn in

teach children how to think, not what to think

to allow flexible instruction time for children who participate in competitive sports or traveling sports teams or who work in theatrical profession, etc.

give students an “extra year” before beginning a regular school program (at any point: kindergarten, junior high, high school or college)

have learning take place in a natural learning environment or in an environment that works for them neurologically

to educate children away from judgments based on race, sex, class or family lifestyle

to help children discover their own natural desire for learning and to encourage self- motivation that becomes a lifetime habit

? more? – email me your suggestions!

See also: http://sandradodd.com/pam/reasons for a different list