It's true that every homeschooling parent has their reasons for providing an education for their child (or children) in the comforts of their own 4 walls. Reasons may include anything from available educational options to personal beliefs. Though the benefits of homeschooling may be as diverse as the subjects you can study, one thing is for sure—it is growing in popularity.
What the Research Says About Homeschooling
According to the National Home Education Research Institute…
“Homeschooling – that is, parent-led home-based education; home education – is an age-old traditional educational practice that a decade ago appeared to be cutting-edge and ‘alternative’ but is now bordering on ‘mainstream’ in the United States. It may be the fastest-growing form of education in the United States.”
“The home-educated typically score 15 to 30 percentile points above public-school students on standardized academic achievement tests.”
“Homeschool students score above average on achievement tests regardless of their parents’ level of formal education or their family’s household income.”
“Whether homeschool parents were ever certified teachers is not related to their children’s academic achievement.”
Social, Emotional, and Psychological Development
“The home-educated are doing well, typically above average, on measures of social, emotional, and psychological development. Research measures include peer interaction, self-concept, leadership skills, family cohesion, participation in community service, and self-esteem.”
“Homeschool students are regularly engaged in social and educational activities outside their homes and with people other than their nuclear-family members. They are commonly involved in activities such as field trips, scouting, 4-H, political drives, church ministry, sports teams, and community volunteer work.”
What Does This Mean for the Parent Who Is Considering Homeschooling Their Children?
If you already homeschool your children, these research findings are likely no surprise to you. You’ve seen them play out in your own home.
But if it’s an option you’ve recently begun researching, homeschooling can open up a book of endless questions.
However, aren’t most of those questions centered around concerns, fears, and doubts? Do you find yourself asking…
What if I’m not qualified to teach my child?
What if they miss out on opportunities to make friends?
Does “homeschooling” mean “home all day”?
What types of homeschool curriculum are out there that enable us to explore the outdoors?
The decision to homeschool your child is an important one and should not be taken lightly. But if the aforementioned concerns run through your mind, you can rest assured that they have comforting answers.
Addressing Your Concerns
As mentioned in the above research findings, a parent doesn’t need to be a certified teacher for their child to be academically successful. What makes the difference? A parent who is deeply concerned about their child’s academic success and one who wants the safest, most nurturing educational environment possible.
As far as friends, due to the popularity of homeschooling, coalitions and organizations are being formed across the nation. These groups allow for families to get together, share resources, take part in ministry opportunities, and participate in community projects all while getting a hands-on education.
From these out-of-the-home learning opportunities, it's clear how endless the options are! Getting outside and getting into nature allows kids to learn by getting all of their senses involved.
However, the last concern regarding homeschool curriculum is understandable. It builds the foundation for everything. It is what gets the child excited to learn, piques curiosity, and promotes healthy habits that will follow them on to their next step in education and even into the workplace.
Therefore, having a solid curriculum is essential. One that is fun, is engaging, promotes a faith-based perspective to the world, and gives a deeper appreciation for the subject.
Want an exceptional homeschool curriculum that goes beyond the basics? Then you’ll want one that ties together…
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The science is proving the benefit of homeschooling. Our inspiration was birthed out of a love for God's creation and education. We wanted parents, schools, and ministries with the same desires to have access to materials that aligned with their perspectives. Now, moms and dads are developing closer relationships with their children, raising kids who are well adjusted and ready to enter adulthood with the values and beliefs that were established years before by their parents.
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Consider the next adventure you want to take with your child! Is it strolling through the woods and gazing at the beauty of a pine tree? Or perhaps it's viewing snow-capped mountains and understanding the unique attributes of a simple snowflake.
The best part of it all is you can choose! Creation is so much more than what you can see out your window. And while you may not be able to travel across the world to learn about God's magnificent masterpieces that are strategically placed on this miracle of God’s creation we call earth, you can do the next best thing… read, learn, and explore with every part of your mind.
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