So you want to homeschool? Before you jump into homeschooling, make sure you know everything you want to know (and need to know) about homeschool. The pros and cons of homeschool are different for every mom, but it may give you insight into what you can expect in your own homeschool. When I was deciding if homeschool was right for us, I was looking for a comprehensive list of the pros and cons of homeschool.
Pro and Con #1: The Freedom to Choose
When you make the decisions to transition to homeschool, you have the freedom to choose how you want to homeschool and what tools you’ll use to get it done. This is awesome because you don’t have the powers that be looking over your shoulder telling you what to teach and how to teach it. If you want to spend a year learning about extinct animals and mastering interpretive dance, do your thing!
On the other hand, so much freedom can be daunting for a newbie. You can easily become overwhelmed by the plethora of amazing resources available from other homeschooling moms and teachers. Once you find a curriculum or creator you like, try their products out before researching and accumulating more.
Pro and Con #2: More time for extracurriculars
A major pro of homeschooling is you have more time for extracurriculars. Since you create your own schedule, you can dedicate an entire day to extracurriculars if your schedule allows. In addition, if your child is very talented and needs to travel for their extracurricular activity, education does not have to be sacrificed. If you do a quick search in your area, I’m sure you’ll find lots of homeschool sports and activities that work for your family
The only downside I can find to this is the costs of some of the programs. But, if your budget allows you, spend where you see fit.
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Pro and Con #3 No “Morning Rush”
If you are moving from a more traditional schooling system, you can say goodbye to the morning rush. Feel free to hit that snooze button as many times as you’d like! You don’t have clothes to iron, lunches to pack, and kids to drop off all by 7:30 in the morning. Feel free to relax and enjoy the natural progression of your day.
I honestly don’t see a con to this other than you may waste valuable time in the day by constantly sleeping in. So..don’t do that!
Pro and Con #4 Short School Days
One of my favorite pros and cons of homeschooling is the short school days. It’s amazing to see how much can be learned and accomplished in a few hours per day. If you are a parent of multiples it may take you a little longer, but once you have a system in place it gets easier. I homeschool one little and we’ve gotten our day down to 4 hours a day if we complete all subjects.
The downside to such short school days is all the extra or empty time left in the day. This was a struggle for our little homeschool in the beginning (especially since we are a blended family and only have one child half of the time). I suggest making a list of activities your kiddos can do when the school day is complete if this is a pain point for you. This has helped us a ton and we aren’t left staring at one another for six hours.
Pro and Con #5 More Time Together
Since you’ve decided to homeschool, you’ll have more time than ever to spend with your kids. This can result in a closer relationship for all involved. This can be especially beneficial in the teen years where kids ten to withdraw from their parents and cling closer to their peers.
The obvious con to this is a lack of alone time. You have to get creative with getting some alone time. You also have to have clear communication with your partner to ensure that you get some time to do your own thing. If you are new to homeschooling this can seem very overwhelming at first, but trust me, it gets easier.
Pro and Con #6 Tailored Education
This is one of the major reasons people choose to homeschool, to give their children a tailored education. This goes right along with the pros and cons of homeschool #1. This is great because we all have kids of different abilities. Tailoring their education helps us to strengthen their weaknesses and play up their strengths. Traditional education cannot do that for each student, but homeschool can.
A tailored homeschool education can be a con if you allow it to overwhelm you. At the end of the day, if you are doing what is right for your child, that is all you can do. Let God handle the rest!
I hope this list of pros and cons of homeschool gives you some insight into everything you want to know about homeschool. If you are transitioning to homeschool, there are a few more things you need to be privy too. Homeschooling is by no means an easy adventure, but it is well worth it. Keep trucking girl!
Keep doing (the best) you boo!