Parent-teachers often question how their children’s education is holding up and if homeschooling is actually benefitting them in the long run.
Parenting is a difficult job in itself and when you become their educator as well, it becomes your full-time job to teach them everything they will need to know in order to become successful adults; no pressure right!?
In an attempt to ease your mind, I have put together a small list of long-term benefits being homeschooled can give your students, straight from my experiences with my kids and how they have improved during their time being taught from home.
As an added bonus, I have linked to some of the resources that make our homeschooling journey a successful one. (may contain affiliate links)
Hey there, my name is Jerromy and I am all about that homeschooling life!
I was homeschooled on a farm and I do my best to apply the same values I was brought up with as I teach my own children at home to this very day.
My main goal is to help other homeschooling parents make educated decisions about their kids’ schooling by providing resources and information to help them avoid the mistakes I have made on my journey homeschooling my kids.
If you are new to homeschooling, check out my article on how to get started the easy way.
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Knowledge Retention Improved Ten Fold!
My oldest son went to public school for two years before I made the decision to start homeschooling him. I had two of my younger kids already doing school at home at that point, but my oldest’ is more of a “most improved” story in this department.
He was having trouble focusing in class, and it started to get him in trouble for goofing off and being disruptive in class when he got bored. I couldn’t blame him though, because he had learned everything they were trying to teach him two years prior and I personally cannot sit through a lesson going over something I am already well-versed in either.
It all lead to disaster, and fast.
Ultimately he was sent to the principal to be put in detention because he put glue all over his hand and wanted to let it dry so he could peel it off, something I did countless times as a kid well into my teenage years (I probably taught it to him if I’m being honest!). I am sure you can imagine the frustrations.
Long story short, I pulled him out of public school and put him in time4learning and he has been productive and efficient every day since.
We started seeing astronomical results
Where he was once floundering to stay awake in class, he was able to explore the learning materials at his own pace to keep up with his ever-wandering attention span. He is now able to sit down and get his required number of assignments done in about two hours on good days, and often goes on to work for an extra two or three hours, simply because he is intrigued by what he is learning.
He even spends most of his gaming time on Adventure Academy, a learning platform for kids 8-13 that is an online educational role-playing game in a way. I am amazed by just how many resources are out there for homeschoolers these days!
He may be a little rebellious at times, but the kid knows how to code and design video games at nine years old. He still covers his hand in glue only to peel it off slowly, several times a week.
Reading Comprehension Is Through The Roof
My second oldest fought tooth and toenail when it came to learning how to read when it was or idea. He has been a huge gamer since he could hold a controller though, and we leveraged that against him when he turned about 4.
He was always upset when he couldn’t play some of the games I liked, only because he couldn’t follow the instructions unless they were audible. I refused to read every single thing to him while I was playing a game. Selfish? Maybe, but before he turned five he took it upon himself to learn, and let me tell you the kid learned how to read in about a week’s time.
Of course, we used educational resources to teach him the basics, but I guarantee you he learned more from playing Minecraft and associating the names of items with what they were in the game. He now reads at a 6th grade level in the 1st grade, and that’s just where we cut him off so he doesn’t stumble upon topics that might be a little too “grown-up” for him just yet.
He started to love reading more than anything!
Now one of his favorite apps is ReadingIQ, where he can access thousands of books appropriate for his age and reading level. We try to read at least two books per kid each week, but he is normally reading two or three a day!
For Christmas this year we are thinking about getting him a kindle or something because he has already learned so much from all the books he has read, that he is ready for a new, more challenging selection while he waits for ReadingIQ to add new titles to their platform which they do regularly, but apparently, it’s not often enough for him!
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He does fine in other areas as well, but struggles the most with math, simply because it takes too long to do sometimes. He would rather read an entire book than do a single multiplication problem, so we do struggle at times to understand the fundamentals of math, but again, I have used Minecraft to break down many math problems for more than just him, and playing Adventure Academy with his big brother helps a lot too.
Educational resources are all around us
Don’t underestimate using what they already love to teach them things they struggle with! For us it is gaming, and I am sure your family has a hobby you could apply to their education just as easily!
Critical Thinking Skills Are Unparalleled
My middle kid is without question the source of 80% of my difficulties throughout a normal day. If it isn’t him directly having an issue, he is causing one or more of his sibling’s grief, potentially reducing any form of structure we have managed to construct to metaphorical rubble.
But the creator of problems is also the master of solutions.
He can outthink any man, woman, or child out there and we haven’t found a situation he can’t find his way out of simply because he is the most determined individual I have ever met; he is taught to think for himself and act according to his own standards. This encourages reflection and growth internally and once you teach that ability, they will learn lasting life lessons from every single thing they experience.
There might be complaining the entire time, but he will still pull through the worst situation with the rest of us in tow, and be ready for the next challenge at a moment’s notice. The kid is ferocious when it comes to his wits, and as a Dad, I couldn’t be prouder. He seems destined to lead, and I will gladly be the first to follow him when it is his turn.
It doesn’t always take a book to learn something
Studies are a secondary concern for him, and he would rather tend to animals or build a fire in the firepit than sit down and read a book. In fact, he is constantly devising plans and coming up with secret locations to dispose of the learning materials he doesn’t want to mess with that particular day.
Thankfully we have Time 4 Learning and ABC Mouse to grab his attention and relay information effectively in short bursts of time or the child might never do school!
Home is where some kids belong
Needless to say, he wouldn’t fare well in a public school setting, because he has more off days than anyone else in the family. Not to mention the mental stress those poor teachers would have to endure…
He is a very sweet and loving kid when he needs to be though, and I have complete faith that he will get exactly what he wants out of life; nothing more and definitely nothing less
They Have a Solid Foundation For Learning
My two youngest children are still in the early learning stages, but they are both showing where there interests lie so we will be able to design their learning experiences with insight into what they are going to learn from effectively and avoid thing that might not be productive to their education.
They both knew their ABC’s and count count to 10 before their second birthdays because we started them on ABC Mouse as soon as they could operate a tablet, as we have done for each and every one of my children in order to build a strong base of information at a young age so they are better prepared when they start learning the tough stuff.
No two paths are the same
I know this might not work out the same way for everyone, but for my family and I, the best possible place to be is at home, and the memories and bonds you create will eclipse any worry you may have when they grow and start living lives of their own.
You will find peace in knowing you taught them everything you could to prepare them, but it is up to them to choose their own paths in life. My advice is to let them start making those big decisions as early as you can, to reinforce their confidence and give them an early advantage in a field that interests them.
Relax, and enjoy the little things while you can.
They may not grow up to be the CEO of a big company, but they will grow up happy doing what they love. And who knows, they may even be the best in their field one day, and it will all be thanks to a creative education at home!
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For now, I bid you farewell, but know that I am here to help you on your path to home education, and I encourage you to reach out if you have any questions or just want to chit-chat about homeschooling stuff; Just comment on one of my posts, and I will respond ASAP!
Have a great day!