Why should I homeschool in 2023?

why should I homeschool?

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” -Aristotle

As we progress further into the 21st century, the educational landscape is rapidly evolving. One alternative to traditional schooling that is gaining traction is homeschooling.

Are you currently at this stage of deciding whether to commit to homeschooling?

  • You’re watching a ton of Youtube videos on how to homeschool
  • Learning how to organize a homeschool room, what tools, equipment, lighting, and shelving you need
  • Learning what curriculums are the best for your child or children
  • Researching computer programs and online lessons
  • Finding and printing a stack of printables
  • Reading all the books on homeschooling styles
  • Talking to fellow homeschool mom friends to learn from them

Well, you’re on the right path. As a mom that’s gone through this very stage, you’re in and learned a couple of things down the line, I’d love to share with you some top reasons I think you should homeschool your children.

why should I homeschool?

Why should I homeschool in 2023?

I’m a huge advocate for homeschooling and truly believe if your schedule allows you to do so, there’s absolutely no question you should go all in. Here’s why:

Flexibility

The ability to learn what you want, where you want, when you want

This is one of the most significant advantages of homeschooling. Students and parents/guardians have the freedom to explore passions, and interests, and learn at their own pace without any restrictions or constraints of a fixed schedule or even a location! This personalized approach allows for an engaging and fulfilling educational experience, catering to each child as an individual. 

Mobile

With flexibility comes mobility – You can literally homeschool anywhere you want or need.

Let’s face it, sometimes as parents or working parents we have other things we’re working on ourselves, it wouldn’t make sense to restrict yourself with a lesson in the school room when you’ve got 20 trays of cookies you need to bake for tomorrow’s farmer’s market or you’ve got a wholesale drop off at your newest retail store!

Bring that “school” over to the kitchen, you’re going to help Joey with his fractions as you bake up a storm.

Feel a little spontaneous and you’ve planned a lesson on wildflowers? Take a stroll to the closest meadow or mountain and have a lesson in the grass with your handy dandy picnic backpack filled with snacks and goodies as you talk about pollination and ecosystems!

Check out this picnic backpack for 4 we’ve found that’s perfect for spontaneous hikers – $79.99 on Amazon

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The Power of Passion-driven Learning

Imagine you found a passion you were completely fired up about since you were in 3rd grade and you kept learning it until you were in high school, heck, even into your college years, how many hours would you have spent perfecting this craft or skill you were so passionate about and the amount of knowledge you would’ve gained?

Homeschooling allows you to help your child find that passion as early as grade level and nurture these interests without restrictions, enabling them to excel in their chosen fields.

There’s a world of subjects that are not academic based that your child can start gaining passion in for example:

  • Music/Instruments – If you major in playing any instrument, you’ll know this is such an amazing talent to harbor
  • Computer Science – Everything is done digitally now, the future is in computers and technology. If your child starts to gain interest in tech, imagine the world of opportunities they can have when they hit the workforce.
  • Cooking – Mastering the art of cooking not only fosters creativity but also equips individuals with essential life skills.
  • Permaculture and Farming – Developing expertise in permaculture and sustainable farming empowers individuals to contribute positively to the environment and food systems. This knowledge can open doors to diverse opportunities in agriculture, conservation, and eco-entrepreneurship.
  • Science Subjects – By cultivating an interest in science, they can embark on a variety of exciting careers, from research to medicine and beyond.
  • Mechanic – Aspiring mechanics can enjoy a stable and fulfilling career path, working on a wide range of vehicles and machinery.

We recommend keeping a notebook or journal near so you can record what your child seems to have interests in, and what they talk about all the time. What do they like doing on their own time? Note what they excel in. We love these journals in multiple colors because they have a pen holder and they are compact. 

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Diversity and Culture

“In diversity, there is beauty and there is strength.” – Maya Angelou

Homeschooling enables students to explore their own family’s cultural heritage while also fostering an appreciation for the diverse cultures of the world.

By guiding children through a culturally rich curriculum, homeschoolers can:

  • Deepen their understanding of their cultural roots
  • Develop a global perspective by learning about other cultures
  • Enhance their appreciation for cultural diversity

This multicultural approach to education can help students become more empathetic and well-rounded individuals, equipped to navigate an increasingly interconnected world.

Here are some books to introduce the world and its different cultures around the world in a fun and engaging way!

Individuality

“At the centre of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.”–Lao Tzu

Giving someone the freedom to find themselves is crucial to life these days.

We are raising new grown-ups essentially that are the driving force of our future. If our children don’t know what options they have, what they like, what they know, who they really are, it makes their adult life harder than it needs to be.

  • Give them the gift of knowing themselves and learning who they are starting at a young age
  • Encourage individuality, originality in who they are, what they love and drive them further to be the best at those things

Hands-On, Real Life Learning

“The best education does not happen at a desk, but rather engaged in everyday living – hands-on, exploring, in active relationship with life.” -Vince Gowman

The art of baking the best sourdough, how to grow your own vegetables and harvest seeds to replant for next season, how to change a car tire, how to properly clean your stove, how goat breeding cycles work, how to build a proper hut for shelter – These things I was never taught while going to school. These things our children at the age of 12 know how to do.

That’s because we raised them to learn these real, tangible skills that can really help them in the real world. Yes you can teach a child who goes to public or private school this during the weekends, absolutely. But imagine if they had this training as part of their daily lives and they’re learning under you as a young apprentice, how much more skill they could have acquired?

Our children built this 2 story pallet hut themselves with their hands because they felt like it, it’s equipped with a ladder, a basketball hoop and plenty of shade for the goats to take shelter on the bottom level if they feel like it. They used the knowledge from building huts for our goats through learning from their Baba and they use it regularly to sleep in just because they feel like it. 

2 story pallet hut

I am utterly amazed at what our children can achieve as long as we motivate them and guide them towards these things daily! 

 

Bonding

“Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression.” – Dr. Haim Ginott

This profound quote rings especially true when it comes to homeschooling. It’s not merely about arithmetic and grammar; it’s a journey of shared discovery and growth that deepens the bond between parent and child like nothing else.

As homeschooling parents, we have the unique opportunity to shape our children’s minds and hearts, and in the process, we weave the threads of an inseparable bond.

You bond when you homeschool by:

  • Learning Their Way: Homeschooling means you can teach your child in a way that they understand best because you know them so well.
  • Together Time: Homeschooling lets you and your child share lots of special moments, making your bond stronger.
  • Teaching Values: Homeschooling allows you to teach more than just schoolwork. You can help your child learn good values and behaviors, too.
  • Understanding Each Other: Being your child’s teacher helps you understand them better. You see what they’re good at, what they find tough, and can support them with lots of love and patience.
  • More Time Together: One of the best things about homeschooling is that you get to spend lots of time with your child, which helps to make your relationship even stronger.

Remember, the strongest bonds are woven through time and experience. Homeschooling provides a wealth of both, laying the foundation for a bond that will last a lifetime.

Conclusion:

In my honest opinion, all parents should homeschool if they can and if their schedules allow. The hard work is so worth it once you see your kids learning new skills as they grow older.

Homeschooling offers numerous benefits, including flexibility, passion-driven learning, and a focus on diversity and culture. By creating an organized learning environment and using diverse tools, parents can provide a tailored and engaging educational experience for their children. Homeschooling is a rewarding choice that can help prepare children for success in our interconnected world.

I’ll be providing more useful homeschool resources in the future to help you in your homeschooling journey so if you have not already, subscribe to our newsletters!

 

 

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