Five good reasons to Home Educate

Just in case you’re wobbling about home educating I thought I’d repost this from a few years again. All the reasons still hold true:

Although Home Educating is not for everyone, neither is school!

One grown up home educator still enjoying her world

One grown up home educator still enjoying her world

And it’s often a little way back into the school routine when parents start to have misgivings again about what goes on inside those school walls. And a time when the thought of home educating, that you’d shoved down under the lure of promising new term beginnings, pops back up.

Just as there are lots of good things about school, there are lots of good things about home educating too, although they are less well known. So here’s a few to make you think…

  • You can nurture your children’s natural love of learning. Did you know they had a natural love of learning about and exploring their world? They do; their curiosity – it’s been there since birth, but when their learning gets taken over by schooling it often dies a death. By home educating you can develop it even more and use it to enhance your child’s learning experience.
  • You can use different learning approaches to overcome difficulties. ‘Learning difficulties’ can develop at school because schools have a rigid style of educating. Many parents who’ve withdrawn children who have these so called difficulties find that with a different approach the difficulty is not an issue. With home educating you can use any approach that works for your child. Thus children can achieve where once they failed.
  • Alongside academic skills, you have plenty of time to devote to personal, physical and creative development, often neglected by the school timetable. These areas of development contribute enormously to overall intelligence and achievement.
  • You also have time to pay attention to developing their thinking skills, personal skills, practical skills and social skills all of which make young people much more employable.
  • And if they’re struggling and unhappy in school, home educating is pretty likely to make them happier, healthier and more motivated all of which better sets them up for a successful future. And taking away the school stresses usually makes for a happier family life too!
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8 thoughts on “Five good reasons to Home Educate

  1. Ross, your book was such a help to me when I first took my children out of school a few years ago, and I’ve always enjoyed your column – thank you for all your encouragement and inspiration. I’m so pleased that you continue to make such a contribution to the home education community. Every day I become more and more certain that we made the right choice to learn at home.

  2. Am reading this at lunchtime having rockpooled with the kids this morning and watched them having ‘PE’ splashing about in the sea. We’re loving home ed! Couldn’t agree more. Now for classifying and drawing our finds.

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