Ongoing Benefits Being Homeschooled Has Given My Children

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.

Red Gummy Robot

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!

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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!

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Critical Thinking Skills Are Unparalleled

Part of a chess board set up to begin a game

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! 

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16 Comments to “Ongoing Benefits Being Homeschooled Has Given My Children”

  1. Oh I couldn’t agree with you more that is doesn’t always take a book to learn something. My daughter-in-law was home-schooled, together with her 3 brothers, by their mum. She even wrote a book about it, “Love, Live, Learn” and is still actively helping other homeschoolers with extra maths classes. 

    They plan on homeschooling my granddaughter, which I think is great, but my husband completely disagrees. I will certainly share this post with him, and also my in-laws.

    I think the scope to learn in a different way that suits the individual child better, can be explored at home, whereas in a traditional classroom setting, the class goes along at the pace of the slowest learner. That inevitably means that some kids get bored, and are either destructive or fall asleep. 

    Thanks for sharing your experiences, I love the glue on the hand!

    1. I understand your husband’s argument, as it is one I have heard several times. There are benefits to public schooling as well, but in my experience, the kids tend to be happier when they can be home surrounded by people that love them the most. Teachers and school staff can be great people no doubt, but they do not share the same concern for my kids and their futures as I do (try that one on him lol).

      Everyone is different, and even as adults, we like things a certain way at a certain time, and heaven forbid anyone challenges us on that. This is the same spirit I try to enforce and stand behind with my kids because I feel like if I let them know they can create their own rules in life, nothing will stop them from paving the best path for them as individuals. 

      The only thing they need is a good example to follow, so I try my best to be a better one each and every day.

      I would love to check out some of your daughter-in-law’s work though for sure!

      I hope your family can all agree to an education plan for your granddaughter; family is the fundamental element in any successful child’s story.

      All the best,

      Jerromy

  2. Hi Jerromy,

    We actually homeschooled so to speak for our last two kids. They did K-12 online for nearly all and one did all their years of high school on this platform. This was pre pandemic era for us. With the whole pandemic thing going on this would absolutely be my choice hands down. The options you mentioned above, I had tried those and liked them at first. I’m really not sure if they count towards graduation type requirements though? I know k-12 does being a totally online program that is accredited. They are totally free as well and even sent computers and tablets, they also help pay for internet costs if you need it. I totally agree with homeschooling though, especially now! Why send your kids to a short staffed, mask wearing a;; day environment if you don’t need to?!

    1. I haven’t personally used K – 12, but I have some friends that do and they absolutely love it! It isn’t exactly a homeschool program though and is actually an online public school, meaning they get funding from the government and you don’t fully control what your children learn. I can’t speak on it personally, but I do know they provide a substantial education to students as their children are very knowledgeable.

      There are often no set rules on the education requirements for homeschoolers, so accreditation doesn’t actually apply. Kids do need a certain level of knowledge on their transcripts before they can get into college or apply for certain jobs. Meaning, you set the requirements for what your student needs in order to “graduate”.

      With time4learning, when your high-schooler meets the standards set by you (or your state when applicable), and you can prove it through their transcripts that are easily created on the time4learning website, you can give them their diploma as the “teacher of record” for your children. CHECK STATE LAWS though for sure just to be safe.

      ABC mouse is meant for ages 2 – 8 as an early learning curriculum, and Adventure Academy is more of a supplemental education platform for kids aged 8 – 13 or so, and not really a full curriculum. With these two, you can get an add-on that allows you to track the progress your students are making and what areas they may need reinforcement in, but you generally only need to keep a record of them being educated in certain areas like math, reading, science, and social skills, when they are in grades lower than 9th grade. 

      I am happy to hear you had a pleasant experience with K – 12 though, what is important is that kids can learn in a way that is constructive to them and avoid the high-stress hassles that can easily come with in-house public schooling.

      Best regards for you and your family,

      JerromyC

  3. I really enjoyed reading about the benefits that your children have gained from homeschooling. I remember as a child in the normal school system feeling frustrated that I couldn’t learn at the fast pace that I wanted and after being thwarted over 10 years I eventually slowed down my learning as I was so bored. I can only imagine how wonderful it must be to have your parents craft a learning platform that a child can move through at their own pace with encouragement.

    Congratulations on sharing your story to inspire others.

    1. The public school system can definitely hold you back at times, and I am sorry that you didn’t have the most pleasant of experiences like some students seem to have.

      Homeschooling does help nurture the true spirit of learning, and with the right mindset, some kids can even graduate many years early with the same level of education as people much older than them!

  4. i am not a home schooling parent and neither is my wife. we both have very involved careers but one of my goals in the next 5 years is to building by business in such a way that i only need to work half day and spend the other half day with my little one. in 5 years from now she wont be that little and i want to be there for her. at the same time as we settle into the new normal we are introducing little snippets of homeschooling into our little ones life, not just to give educate her but also teaching us to adapt. the eye on the price is the benefits. we don’t always know what the price is and the benefits you have outline ready does make the commitment easier.

    1. Careers are very important, and I am so glad that you are working hard to be successful enough to be able to afford more time with your daughter; that in itself is one of the best lessons you could teach her in my opinion!

      Educating at home doesn’t have to mean full-on homeschooling either, an I am glad you brought light to that. 

      Even if your child is in a more public school setting and doing well, you can always help them gain an advantage in life by reinforcing knowledge and shedding light on things they may question and anyone with kids knows they question EVERYTHING. 

      I don’t know you, but I know that your daughter will have a very fulfilled and happy life if she pays attention to her parents and how much they care about her. Keep it up! 

      Our kids will be adults at the same time, and nothing does my heart or mind more good than knowing there will be other adults out there that had an awesome upbringing and are doing their best to create a better world to live in!

  5. Yes, home schooling is great and all but do you think it will have a negative impact on their social life? I know most people who are home schooled struggle to make friends as they are not a social butterfly, would you agree? Other than that, home schooling seems like a pretty good idea 

    1. It is true that homeschooling CAN negatively affect social skills, but in 2020 and beyond, there are far too many ways for them to socialize with other students for it to be skipped. Unless of course, the parent-teachers decide they don’t want their students to socialize with others, which is still a viable option.

      Point is, just like everything else with homeschooling, the parents need to establish the ground for their children to walk on during their time as homeschoolers. It is entirely up to the parents what their children learn, and don’t learn. 

      I for one am very picky about who my children are around, even when it comes to other kids. Of course, common decency is first priority, but my kids know they don’t have to entertain or be friends with someone if they do something they do not agree with. 

      Eventually, they will develop their own social circles regardless. I was homeschooled and I make friends with everyone I meet, but I also possess the ability to walk out of someone’s life when they do something I don’t like. I personally don’t NEED social interaction to get by; I focus on work and family which are the two values my education was based around as a child and they are my main priority as an adult.

      Hope I answered your question!

      Best regards,

      Jerromy

  6. I truly enjoyed reading your post. Well written!

    I like all the positive things about homeschooling.

    My kids went to public schools, and they did very well. My wife and I never thought about homeschooling as the school district we belonged to was top of the line, and we didn’t have time.

    I was always wondering about homeschooling, and the first question that came to mind was about social factors.

    Kids at school interact with each other, which may not be the case with homeschooling.

    Am I interested to see your opinion about it?

    Do you consider the social factor a shortcoming of homeschooling? If so, what steps do you take to overcome?

    I’d appreciate you providing your insight into it. Many thanks for considering my request.

    1. Thank you for the comment, and a great point to bring up!

      I do think that there can be negative effects on social skills IF you don’t take strides to set them up for success in those areas which is what being a homeschool parent is all about. In the time before readily available access to the internet (when I was a kid), this was a big issue, but in 2021 and beyond, there are seemingly endless possibilities to connect with others online!

      There are also plenty of homeschool co-ops out there that plan field trips, social events, birthday parties, and even study days to make sure the kids can have the opportunity to hone the important social skills that will benefit them later in life. This is a great option for everyone, but especially if you prefer to limit your child’s exposure to electronics and the internet.

      I for one, am a “social butterfly”, meaning I can fall into any group or conversation and be right at home. I make friends with nearly everyone I meet, and my kids are the same, so as far as my family goes, none of us are lacking social skills at all, and if anything, we know how to address situations with a clear mind because we practice communication and interaction control on a daily basis with one another.

      One of the main reasons I chose to bring my kids home for good was the negative social skills my kids were picking up at public school; being bullied, bullying, swearing, and poor attitudes to name a few things my children were taught is wrong, but not every parent has the same values that I want my children to learn.

      This isn’t always the case though, and I am glad to hear that your public school system was so great for your family, and for the record, not everyone switches to homeschool simply because they don’t like the public school in their area. 

      Any reason to spend more time with your kids is a great reason to me, and I have personally changed my life to fit their needs instead of forcing them to miss time with me simply because that is how everyone else does it. I work from home full time during hours they do not need me, and I have never made a better decision in my life. One thing I will never regret is spending their entire childhoods with them in the comforts of home.

  7. Awesome to see how many positive experiences you have had with homeschooling!

    I absolutely agree that there can be so many benefits, especially when the teaching is catered to each individual rather than trying to make a cookie cutter schedule for a whole class.  Sadly, that is often the only option in schools with large class sizes which makes homeschooling a more suitable option for many.

    Having animals, plants, or even just farmland in general around to take care of is so valuable for children as well.  I love when that can be incorporated into an all inclusive homeschooling schedule and wish it was an option for more children!

    1. Thank you! We try to make the most of each day, and it works out for the most part! 

      Unfortunately, There are a lot of things that public schools don’t teach, but even if children are enrolled in school they can learn how to take care of things around the house or on the farm, and you can get a lot done in a weekend if you get creative with your time. 

  8. It’s great and amazing having kids learning from their comfort zone, which is home. And morally it also helps them from getting into trouble or being bullied by bullys at school. Moreover they tend to learn faster and more importantly helped in straightening their weak spots. Although am more curious, like how do you help them copy relating with other kids in public places or people that ain’t part of the family? 

    1. There are alot of ways for kids to build social skills!

      My oldest son is part of a coding group on discord made up of children around his age that share the programs and games they have created; it is almost replicate of working on an actual programming team and it really is quite amazing what they can produce at such young ages.

      There are plenty of ways to connect your children with other like-minded kids, and if there isn’t a method suitable for you, you can create your own Facebook group for instance for your kids and their friends!

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