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Why Do People Homeschool Their Children?

I have shared our personal reasons on why we homeschool but there are various reasons why someone would choose to homeschool. Homeschooling is a personal choice that a parent gets to make and we are going to dive into why a parent would make this choice as well as the pros and cons of homeschooling. Before we begin, please take a moment and pin this post to your homeschool board.

The main reason New Yorkers in particular choose homeschooling is the dissatisfaction with traditional schools. There are various reasons for this dissatisfaction, such as safety issues, child’ needs not being met, overcrowding, focus on testing, standardized curriculum, lack of sports or arts, and unhappy children who no longer have the interest in learning. Some families choose homeschooling without ever considering school, wanting the freedom to tailor the education and learning environment to their child.

What Are Some of The Pros and Cons of Homeschooling?

Homeschooling has a plethora of pros and cons. While homeschooling can be magic it isn’t always easy. There are times where you will struggle but having the flexibility to make choices in your homeschool will always be the driving force that can fix your homeschool when it hits a rut. If you are having a rough time with a subject or curriculum you have the power to change it, to take time off, to research a more engaging way for your child to learn. This is one example of why homeschooling works. However there are numerous pros and cons.

The Cons of Homeschooling:

  • Parents must file paperwork with the department of education (DOE) in New York. This feels overwhelming and scary at first but quickly gets easier and easier.
  • Homeschooling parents may have to deal with criticism from people who do not understand homeschooling or who feel threatened by it.
  • Child may need more time and attention (especially younger children).
  • Having to figure out how to work or earn an income while homeschooling.

The Pros of Homeschooling:

  • The freedom to create your own schedule for each day, week, and year. As well as the ability to change it if needed.
  • The freedom to choose the curriculum or what and how your child learns and studies.
  • The ability to cater your child’s education to their individual learning style.
  • Lack of pressure to preform on tests, less testing less stress.
  • The ability for a child to receive one on one instruction as needed. The ability for the child to be heard and to make choices about their education.
  • The ability to use the entire world as a resource, to not be stuck in one place, homeschool while traveling, visit various places (especially in New York) and learn through experience in your community.

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