There are so many advantages of homeschooling on the farm. Today I am going to give you the top 5 advantages of homeschooling. These benefits are not only for farmers but for anyone who desires to home educate their children. I have been homeschooling from the beginning. Now with ten years of experience, I can tell you that homeschooling is the most rewarding, yet most challenging endeavor I have ever done.
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The advantages of Homeschooling Now
If you are considering homeschooling your children, I encourage you to stop researching and jump in and start now. There is no teacher like experience, especially when it comes to homeschooling. There are so many excellent curriculums available. Choose one and adjust as you go. You will not be sorry.
Homeschooling is the best education for your children. You are their best teacher. Although I respect teachers very much, no teacher is going to love your child as much as you do. No teacher is going to have as much interest in your child’s education as you do. You are the best teacher for your child.
I want to share with you a freebie to show you just how rewarding homeschooling your child can be. Sign up for my newsletter and I will send you some free scripture cards from the book of Psalms that you can memorize with your children. You can also read more about Developing Meaningful Devotions with your Child.
Let’s jump right into the top 5 advantages of homeschooling: Academic Freedom, Schedule Freedom, Safety, Family Unity, Moral Development.
first Advantages of Homeschooling – Academic Freedom
A Christian Worldview
The number one reason my husband and I started homeschooling was we wanted to teach our children a Christian Worldview. God has long since been banned from public school and as devout Christians we want our children to learn about God from the Bible. This is not possible in American public schools.
If you believe that your Christian child can keep their faith in public school, I encourage you to read this comprehensive article urging Christian parents to pull their children from public schools. Christian children are not only being bullied by teachers if they stand up for their faith, but they are being indoctrinated with non-Biblical beliefs. More on that later. You have 18 short, precious years to educate your child. Use this time wisely and do not let someone else decide what to teach your children. This is the single most important of all the advantages of homeschooling.
As I said, “experience” is often the best teacher. Little did I know when I started homeschooling, that one of our children would struggle with reading due to mild dyslexia. Perhaps he would have received the help he needed in public school, but perhaps he would not have. His learning disability affected his confidence. If he would have been held back due to his dyslexia, I think he would have struggled even more with his confidence.
Thankfully, we were able to tailor his educational needs and focus on learning how to read differently. We were able to build his confidence through repetition and positive reinforcements. It is still challenging for him, but we do not need to push him through for the sake of keeping up with his peers. We can focus on weaknesses and move on when he has mastered the concept.
The advantage of developing individual academic plans based on a child’s strengths, weaknesses, and interests has benefited all my children.
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Focus on Individual child interest
We have found that we can tailor our children’s education based on their interests. Our oldest child has expressed an interest in taking over our family farm. I tailored an entire unit study based on farming. He not only learned research skills, but he learned about cattle breeds, farm machinery, and crop cycles. At 12 years old, we are starting to talk about careers in agriculture, besides farming, such as agribusiness, mechanic, livestock management, etc.
Another son is interested in aviation and airplanes. We use a curriculum called Schoolhouseteachers.com and there is a comprehensive unit study called “Wonders of Flight”. He really enjoyed it. He learned about different career options in the field of aviation.
Another son wants to be a pastor. He is studying different missionaries using materials at Schoolhouse Teachers. We will also focus on his reading, writing, and public speaking skills. We are also encouraging him to explore a career that can complement pastoring. A career where he can focus on serving the Lord, but support his family with a job. He is showing an interest in carpentry. My husband is starting to teach him basic carpentry skills.
From these examples, you can see that homeschooling gives your child an advantage to begin learning life long skills and exploring careers at a young age. Keep in mind, your child may change their mind, but that’s ok. The life skills such as research, reading, math, science are being learned through career exploration.
The Second Advantage of Homeschooling – Schedule Freedom and save time
Living on a farm, out in the country would mean a long bus ride for my children. Homeschooling means no long commute to school, no race to catch the bus, no trying to get chores done in time. With homeschooling, we choose our schedule.
Since we do live on a farm, we are able to have breakfast as a family. My children and I do chores right after my husband leaves for work. Then we start school around 9:00. We school until noon, take a short break for lunch and then finish up around 2-3:00 p.m.
Homeschooling takes less time than public school. There is no need for filler activities. My children can work on their assignments until they are complete. They don’t need to wait for the rest of the class to finish before moving on. There is no lining up, no quieting down. There are still distractions and interruptions, but nothing like a classroom full of 25 children. We can work around sickness and appointments,
Homeschool provides the freedom to schedule learning time according to your lifestyle and your schedule. Time is saved by not having to commute and manage a classroom full of children.
The Third Advantage of Homeschooling – Safety
As much as I hate to bring up the dangerous environment in today’s public schools, it is a sad reality. Children are required to pass through metal detectors to attend classes. They are required to perform active shooter safety drills. Police officers have to be assigned to schools. It is necessary in the world we live in today. I am not going to go into the philosophical and cultural factors that have brought us to this place, but I will say, I believe taking God and the Bible out of public schools is a large factor in the moral decline of both our society and schools.
Although there are dangers, even in your own home, I believe the dangers are much less in a home environment. That being said, I encourage you as a parent to practice a variety of safety drills.
- Teach your children firearm safety using the free Eddie Eagle Program.
- Teach your child stranger danger using Stranger Safety DVD. (This DVD is somewhat cheesy but highly effective.)
- If you live on a farm, teach your child about equipment dangers. I wrote more about this topic in the Home and Garden Fall Checklist.
- Teach your children about internet safety using this DVD by the same company as Stranger Safety.
Obviously, there is no shortage of dangers in the world, but keeping your children home to educate them, may reduce some of the dangers they face.
The Fourth Advantage of Homeschooling – Family Unity
Homeschooling requires a lot of time with your children. It makes me sad when people say that they could never homeschool because they couldn’t be around their children that much. Don’t get me wrong, being with my children all day, every day isn’t easy, but it is worth it. Being there for all my kids’ first is such a blessing. Their first word, their first steps, their first book they read, mastering multiplication tables, playing their first song on the piano. It is very rewarding.
Family togetherness isn’t all sunshine and roses, but we have close relationships that I hope will last into their adulthood. The foundation of our family is based on the Bible. As I mentioned before, I would love to share with you a way to Help Your Children Develop Meaningful Devotional Time. Sign up for our newsletter and I will send you Scripture Cards from the Book of Psalms to memorize with your children.
It is often said, the family that prays together stays together. You can read more about helping your child (and yourself) Develop a Focused Prayer Life. There is also a freebie available there to assist you.
Now that my children are older, we are able to serve the Lord in a greater capacity. I wrote about a very rewarding way to serve God as a Family. Homeschool has allowed us to serve together and we have grown and learned so much by doing it.
You are the teacher who loves your students more than any other teacher could
You have the capacity to learn together, serve together, play together and grow together.
The Fifth Advantage of Homeschooling – Moral Development
I just want to briefly mention the advantage of teaching your child not only academically, but also morally. As mentioned above our society and culture continues to deteriorate. Sadly, public schools have shifted focus from reading, writing, and arithmetic to immoral indoctrination.
No Radical Indoctrination
In your homeschool, you can choose what to teach. Therefore, there will be no radical indoctrination. If for some reason, you haven’t been paying attention, children in public schools are indoctrinated with climate change guilt, radical sexual education, race wars, and far left-leaning political views. Here is just one example of children as young as kindergarten are taught graphic sexual ‘education’ I do not want to get too deep into this topic in this article, but I encourage you to do your own research and see what is being taught in your state, your county, and your school district.
I hope you have found these 5 advantages of homeschooling helpful in your decision to homeschool your children. Homeschooling is one of the toughest, yet most rewarding adventure you can do. So what are you waiting for? Start homeschooling today! If you don’t know where to start, check out my other articles about homeschooling and check out Schoolhouse Teachers. It is a great website with many free resources and a wonderful, inexpensive curriculum.