Deciding on how to educate your children may be one of the most important choices you make as a parent. Their social, emotional, and physical well-being need to be taken into account, as does the quality of their education, and their unique learning style.
While some parents seem to have known the answer to this question from day one, others are struggling with what to do as their children inch closer to school age.
Because I have always found that the best way to make a smart decision is to speak with as many people as I can, I went out in search of parent bloggers who homeschool their children, and asked them the following question:
“What is one Pro and one Con of homeschooling?”
The list you are about to read is the result of that questioning. 41 seasoned homeschoolers chimed in with their best experiences and biggest challenges, and I just love the honesty with which they responded.
The answers you read below may help you come to a decision of your own. Good luck, and happy reading!
PRO – My favorite is how much I am learning alongside my children.
I have learned infinitely more than I did during my own school years, and I am grateful for the opportunity to share these moments of education, observation, discovery, and wonderment with my children.
CON – It’s difficult for me to think of a con when there are so many pros! If I had to give a con, it would be that it can be hard on a mom depending on her circumstances, the pressure and expectations she is burdened by, and even her own personality.
The homeschool moms who really thrive are the ones who learn to not look around them at what others are doing, and just stay steady at their own pace in their own unique style.
"The world is your schoolhouse.
Gena Suarez ~ Publisher ~ The Old Schoolhouse
PRO – The world is your schoolhouse.
Your children are not confined to the four walls of a building, but are out and about, interacting with children their own age, adults, and older people, gaining insight and experience in the real world into which they will enter as well-rounded adults.
CON – The biggest con to homeschooling is that nearly all of your non-homeschooling friends, family members and neighbors think you have all this free time all day and have nothing to do, so they frequently ask for your help with their errands and projects.
And generally, you help them because you're demonstrating a servant's heart to your children. So it's a win-win.
"It's the perfect way to put success in the hands of your kids!
PRO – Homeschooling is flexible! Because of the nature of homeschooling, you can tailor your studies, your schedule, and your teaching style to fit your student's needs!
Your child is the focus of the homeschool process, and the benefits are limitless! In addition, there are so many options with homeschooling.
From co-ops to help with difficult subjects to internships that prepare your high schooler for their future - it's the perfect way to put success in the hands of your kids!
CON – Homeschooling requires a big investment and it's not money! As with anything that is worth doing, homeschooling requires an investment from the parents.
The responsibility of education rests on the parent, however, today there are many resources that help to lighten that load. It takes a lot of heart to work with your children every day, and it's important to take steps to ensure that you don't get burned out!!
"You get to choose the schedule and style that is best for you...
Jen ~ Blogger ~ Practical, By Default
PRO – You get to choose the schedule and style that is best for you, your child, and your family.
If you are a stay at home mom homeschooler, working homeschooler, working at home homeschooler, traveling homeschooler etc. you can find and design a schedule that works for you!
CON – You need to stick to this schedule that you just planned! Making sure it is if flexible enough for any emergencies that may spring up, and for when "life" gets in the way. Guarding your time must be a priority as a homeschool mom.
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"We get to adapt everything we do to our schedule...
Karen Loutzenhiser ~ Writer ~ Layers Of Learning
PRO – One pro about homeschooling is that it is totally flexible and exactly what we want to make it. We get to adapt everything we do to our schedule, our abilities, our interests, and our passions.
We study maps and globes, but we also visit museums, national parks, landmarks, and even other countries and continents.
Sure, we get our math assignment done and learn to spell words, but we also get to go talk with engineers who are using the math and write to real authors who splash those words across their pages.
We read about science and health, but we also 3-D print, pretend play on kids teepees and build drones, volunteer at zoos, and shadow real dentists. The world is our classroom and our lessons are unforgettable.
CON – One con about homeschooling is that it fills our lives in big and sometimes exhausting ways. It's all the joys and hardships of parenting doubled up.
It takes real patience and more heart than you can imagine, You need a team of people who are cheering you on.
With believers behind you, you can do anything, but too often the skeptics stand in your way and cast their doubts.
With a positive tribe who believes in and reminds you of the joys when you're in the middle of the hardships, you can accomplish anything.
"Parents can individualize instruction to the child's needs...
Mary Hood ~ Author ~ ARCHERS for the Lord
PRO – Flexibility. Parents can individualize instruction to the child's needs, and also have the flexibility to make up their own schedules and vacation at off times of the year.
CON – Parents can unwittingly pass on their own academic weaknesses and a dislike for certain subjects if they aren't conscious of their own feelings and aren't willing or able to seek out help from others.
"The ability to see your kids master something they struggled with.
Meagan ~ Blogger ~ More Than a Homeschool Mom
PRO – One pro of homeschooling would definitely be the ability to see your kids master something they struggled with. After hours of working to learn to read and write, the first time it really clicks is enough to take your breath away and make you thankful for the journey.
CON – One con of homeschooling is the constant pressure to reach a standard you can't quantify set by people you don't know without a clear direction as to who is right or wrong.
It means constantly reminding yourself that you don't have to compare, you only have to teach your kids the way they learn best.
"I do believe homeschooling provides room for more moments of quality of time...
Latonya Moore ~ Blogger ~ Joy in the Ordinary
PRO – Homeschooling has allowed me to develop close relationships with both of my daughters. I don’t feel like I am behind when new experiences happen in their lives because we spend quite a bit of time together.
Although I don’t necessarily believe that you have to an abundance of time to have a good relationship with your child, I do believe homeschooling provides room for more moments of quality of time which leaves room for conversations and experiences that might not happen if my daughters were at school.
CON – It is true that homeschooling can be isolating especially if you don’t have a circle of friends and family who support you.
Luckily, we do have support within our regular community, but with most things in life there’s a desire to have relationships with those who have a similar life too.
In our early years of homeschooling, being the diversity was hard. I am not only speaking of diversity when it comes to race, but even when it came to being a homeschool mom who worked.
It was hard to find others who related to me. Now there are more working homeschooling moms, but the racial diversity in the homeschool community still lacks.
It’s still very normal for my daughters to be the only Black students in a class even though we live in a more diverse community when it comes to homeschooling.
"I do believe homeschooling provides room for more moments of quality of time... #homeschooltips #teepeejoy #blog