Top 100 Reasons For Homeschooling (pg 3)

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41.  Academic 

Reports have abundantly documented that students often graduate from public schools even though they have little skill in reading, writing, and arithmetic.

In home schools, parents work directly with their own children. They see immediately if the child is not learning well, so they can take action to solve the problem. Personal interaction with the teacher develops the students' ability to reason and communicate.

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42.  Personal Attention

Instead of dealing with a class of 15-25 students, home-school teachers are dealing directly with each student. This is the best teaching arrangement ever used. The pace can be adapted to the needs of the student. Slow learners can be led at their own pace. Gifted students can be advanced and challenged. In a classroom, each child has little access to the teacher's time.

Home schools have much more interaction between parents and students. Problems can readily be perceived and dealt with. If the child has a question or needs attention, the teacher is more easily available. Learning is more from person to person and less from books and machines.
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43.  Parents In Charge

You, not the government, are the ones God put in charge of your child's training . Home schoolers have the ideal situation for giving the education they believe is best for their children. Eliminated are all the continual doubts, problems, and conflicts with teachers, administrators, school policies, etc. As a result, the whole family feels good about how the child is being educated.

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44.  Excellent

The overriding goal of homeschooling is to educate children. In this, homeschool excels. Because of the many advantages offered by homeschooling, there is simply no better way to educate a child. That homeschooling is a great way to educate a child can be shown in several ways.

First, consider the items in this list. Many of these benefits are easy to understand and the positive impact they have on children are obvious. Second, homeschooled children perform better on standardized tests. Third, homeschoolers are becoming sought-after for higher education. Many colleges and universities have begun to modify their admission practices to not only allow for, but to encourage, homeschoolers to apply for admission.

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45.  Vested Dedication 

One factor that is known to be extremely important to educating a child effectively is the teacher-to-student ratio-that is, the number of students for which a teacher is responsible. Other factors include the degree of connection present between teacher and student and the amount of dedication a teacher has to a specific child.

Homeschooling excels in both these areas. Who can be more dedicated to helping a child learn successfully than that child's parent? Parents love their children and dedicate their lives to helping their children successfully grow to maturity. So, no one is more dedicated to a child than the parent. And, homeschooling is done largely on a one-on-one basis; there can't be a better teacher-to-student ratio than that. In these two areas, which are both critical to a child's education, homeschooling is simply the best scenario.

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46.  Tailored Education

Because homeschool is focused on children as individuals, a child's education can be tailored to her capabilities and personality. If a child excels in a specific area, his education in that area can be accelerated. If a child struggles in a particular area, additional resources can be brought to bear to help. Also, the way children are taught can be based on how the child best learns because of the child's personality. For example, if a child is a visual learner, more visual elements can be incorporated into that child's instruction. Instead of the cookie-cutter approach to education that is required in an institutional setting, homeschool provides the opportunity for a child's education to be designed just for that child.

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47.  Integrated Education

Because a homeschooled child's education is managed by the same person over a long period of time, that education can be consistent with a long-term plan in which each topic taught and the experience gained benefits seamlessly with those that have come before. Because the parent is intimately involved with the student over that student's life, the parent understands the child's experiences and background and uses that knowledge to design future educational activities.

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48.  Teaching Materials

Homeschoolers have access to the best teaching materials available. And, teaching materials can be selected based on a child's individual needs and capabilities.

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49.  Personal Attention

Give your children in-depth, personal attention in any subject with which they struggle or excel.  Today’s lesson plans, which teachers are required to follow to the letter, are not made to accommodate the different intelligence levels of each child. Children with either higher or lower levels of ability and understanding suffer.

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50.  Nurture Talent

Nurture your children's natural (musical, artistic, mathematic) talents so they thrive and grow.  Helping kids to recognize and understand their talents is primarily the job of parents. Children of course give us strong indications by what they love to do. If we pay attention to our child during play or when exploring nature, we will stumble upon their talents.

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51.  The “Big Issues”

Address "big issues" with your children when you feel they're ready. Children issue can range from identity like adopted children, sex education etc. Parents can help their children mature through the difficult times in their lives

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52.  Sharing Joys 

Create a weekly schedule that fits your needs and allows you to do things without the constraint of a traditional classroom schedule. Share with your children the common, everyday joys of life. Share the joy of teaching your children with your spouse.  Take vacations during the school year and make them educational.

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53.   Activities

Because homeschooling continues to grow, more opportunities are available for homeschooled children from enrichment classes to homeschool sports and social activities.

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54.  No "School" Work

A homeschooling parent said this

“My teens Benefits to Homeschooling list, wouldn't be complete without this one!

When younger, my girls loved telling people that they did not do any "school" work. (They did have lots of home work though!)

Seriously, home school students do not have as much typical "after school" homework because they can complete their assignments during class time, with little distraction”.

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55.  More Spontaneity

Studying forests? Take a hike through the woods. Learning about the solar system? Take an unplanned trip to the planetarium.I love being about to drop whatever we are doing to enjoy life and learn about our world through hands-on activities. I want to be ready to smell the roses whenever they bloom and I want my kids to learn to enjoy life to the fullest, not missing out on any opportunity that comes their way.

This past Fall, my eighty-year-old neighbor knocked on our door out of the blue, and announced that his grapes were ready for harvesting. If you know my neighbor and his gardening abilities, you too would jump at any chance to stop school and partake of his bountiful produce.

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56.  Character Building

Not only can you focus on your child's educational needs, your education encompasses their character.

Building character takes time and homeschooling offers the ability to develop a well rounded child, that not only excels academically, but has moral character too.

In today's society this is greatly lacking due to the high-tech, fast paced and hurried lifestyle many families live. 

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57.  Proper Focus

When children are in school, relationships with teachers and friends compete with loyalty to parents and siblings. School schedules and homework assignments take priority over family time, and children may be taught values that conflict with those taught in their homes.

Homeschooling allows families to operate as teams. Moms and dads are confidants. Siblings are best friends. Schedules are set according to the family's needs, and children are taught their parents' values.

At home, decisions meet the needs of the child, not the needs of a classroom or school system. Children are treated as individuals, and are truly known and loved.

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58.  Safety 

No one would fault a gardener for shielding a seedling from the frost, yet parents are often criticized for sheltering young children from the teasing, bullying and negative peer pressure that occurs in public schools.

Public school students are exposed to verbal and physical assault, drug abuse, and sexual misconduct. While it is true that some students escape unharmed, why take the risk?

Children who learn at home do so in an environment free of mental, physical and emotional abuse. They are given time to grow the roots they need to stand during life's storms.
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59.   Superior Education

Even public school officials believe parents should be involved in their children's education. Yet many parents go no further than signing report cards and asking, "What did you learn at school today?"At home, parents assess their children's strengths and weaknesses, and provide an education suited to their children's learning styles and interests. Homeschooling statistics show that this tailored environment produces academic achievement that is superior to that of public schools.

Homeschool graduates leave home with the tools to learn and a love for learning. They spend their school years thinking and exploring - not memorizing facts that are forgotten soon after the test.

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60.  Teacher packs poop in 5-year-old's backpack

A father and mother in Washington State are outraged after their 5-year-old son was sent home from school, allegedly forced to carry a package of human feces along with an embarrassing note from his kindergarten teacher.

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