As we enter into the holiday season I am sharing the reasons why I am thankful for homeschooling. There are many benefits of homeschooling and some of them you may not even know of!
Welcome to episode 34 of the Joyfully Homeschooling podcast. In today’s episode, in preparation for the holidays, we are going to chat about the reasons we should all be thankful for homeschooling.
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Now, let’s get into this podcast episode. As you all know Homeschooling, is something love it! BUT, when we first started homeschooling, I honestly didn’t know how long we would do it. I knew it was best for our family at that moment, but in the back of my head, I knew we had other options and may not homeschool long term. However, as I shared earlier this season we are in it for the long haul, yes, even through high school! The truth is I am SO thankful for the blessing that it is to our family and these blessings can be tied back to three areas. Faith, Health and Freedom
Our faith is one of the main reasons why we began homeschooling and a huge reason why I’m thankful for homeschooling. I shared more about our homeschool story in episode one. Homeschool parents are able to teach their children subjects from a biblical worldview instead of from the view of our government.
Homeschooling has proven to be linked to producing stronger Christian beliefs and behaviors for home learners when they become adults. according to an online survey conduct by the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI). Homeschooled students were nearly three times more likely than public school students to have strong Christian beliefs. This is just one of the many benefits of homeschooling. Be sure to check the links in the show notes for more homeschooling benefits statistics.
There is really no fear of bullying or school violence in our homeschool. I know my children are with me and safe. Now, that does not mean we can shelter our children from every occurrence for life. But, If a situation does arise I am usually there to help deal with it Children who are homeschooled tend to be more confident in their abilities and have higher self-esteem and I believe that is largely due to the fact that they don’t have to deal with the struggles I just mentioned.
I also know what they are eating and whether or not it is nutritious food. Two of my three children have a food allergy. The allergies are not so severe that they would go into anaphylactic shock, but it is still a concern. I know she they will not be exposed to anything they cannot have when they are home. A recent study found that teens are starting school too early to get a good night’s sleep. Homeschoolers are able to start school when they are ready; they are not rushed in the morning and are able to get a good night’s rest. This homeschool sleep schedule is an unexpected advantage of homeschooling means that our kids are more ready to face their academic challenges than their public school counterparts.
This is my #1 favorite benefit of homeschooling.
Freedom to learn at the kids own pace.
Freedom to set our own schedule. We even had an evening homeschool schedule for a while. Flexibility is HUGE when it comes to homeschooling.
Freedom to take days off when we want.
Pajama Days can be every day if we want them to be!
Freedom to choose our own curriculum.
As we enter into the holiday season and begin to plan for Thanksgiving I highly recommend you take the time to reflect on your blessings. Are you thankful for homeschooling? I am, and let’s not take that freedom for granted. We should be thankful for it. We should fight for it.
What are your top reasons for homeschooling? I’d love to hear!
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Resources mentioned in this episode:
- Online survey conduct by the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI)
- In one large study, about 49% of children in grades 4–12 reported being bullied by other students at school at least once during the past month.
- A 2004 report made to the U.S. Department of Education said an estimated 9.6 percent of students – nearly one in 10 – are subjected to sexual misconduct by teachers, coaches, principals, bus drivers, and other personnel during their K-12 career.
- In one study, 1 in 5 middle school students reported sexual harassment of a physical nature
- Why I Did Not Rebel by Rebecca Gregoire Lindenbach
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