My Ten Favourite Things About Homeschooling – Part 2

6.  Homeschool teaching is more an extension to parenting than it is like being a traditional teacher.  Your personality and parenting style need not change just because your duties have expanded.  You taught your child to walk, talk and tie their shoe laces; now you are teaching them more.

7.  You are taking responsibility for the welfare of your own family, rather than expecting a teacher in a full classroom to assist you in raising your children.  There are some fabulous teachers out there, but they are responsible for a classroom of kids and cannot keep an eye on everyone’s emotional, physical and academic well-being as well as you can keep an eye on your child’s.

8.  Libraries and the internet.  It is amazing how many resources and how much information is easily accessible to homeschool parents and students in today’s world.  You don’t have to have a PhD to be a homeschool teacher, as you can access most, if not all, of the information you need just as easily as a teacher can.  You can even study theories on learning and teaching if you desire, or you can just see what works through trial and error with your child.

9.  Broader socialization.  Contrary to the common fear of homeschooling not providing enough socialization for the homeschooled child, it is quite interesting to see that many homeschooled children are very sociable indeed.  Freed from the expectation that socializing is restricted to within age groups, homeschooled children are often equally comfortable with children younger than themselves, children who are older, and even adults.  They are also often less defensive than their peers, having been saved from the unnatural pressures of school group conformity.  While there are many anti-homeschoolers who argue that surviving peer-pressure is a necessary right of passage, I disagree.  I have personally found that the same behaviors and talents that made me a target at high school contributed to my popularity at university and in the workforce, where individualism was more highly valued.

10.  Subject of Study Freedom.  Your local school may have a limited selection of subjects as electives but, as a homeschooler, the world is your oyster.  As long as you cover the minimal requirements as set out by your local authority, or as expected by your university of choice (if tertiary education is a goal), you are free to expand on them in any way you want.  If your child has a particular area of interest or talent, such as music, sport, or dance, you are free to pursue this further within your curriculum.

This list is far from conclusive, and it is ever-changing and ever-growing, but I thought I’d share as an example of some of the many benefits of homeschooling.

Melissa Murdoch has a passion for life span development and education, and believes wholeheartedly that a healthy society begins at home. For further information on how to get started in homeschooling, please visit

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