Focusing on Abundance: What Homeschool Kids ARE Getting

If you’re a homeschooling parent, you’ve likely encountered questions and misconceptions about what your children are missing out on by not attending traditional schools. In this blog post, we’re going to flip the script and focus on the abundance of benefits that homeschool kids are receiving. My name is Shanna, and I’ve been homeschooling my two children, a second grader and a sixth grader, for seven years. Today, I want to share with you the many advantages of homeschooling and why we should stop dwelling on what our kids might be missing.

What Homeschool Kids Are Getting

Socialization

One of the most common concerns people have about homeschooling is socialization. However, homeschoolers often have more diverse and authentic social interactions. They interact with people of various ages, backgrounds, and cultures, providing them with a truly global experience. It’s not about being “kept under the stairs” but about exploring the world.

 

Dealing with Tough Situations

Homeschooling allows kids to learn how to handle challenging situations like bullying in a supportive environment. We don’t necessarily want our kids to learn to conform to things they don’t want to do or tolerate negative experiences.

 

Special Events

While people worry about homeschooled kids missing prom, graduation, or other traditional events, many homeschool groups organize their own gatherings. So, our kids aren’t missing out on these experiences; they just have more control over them.

What Homeschool Kids Are Getting

College and AP Classes

Homeschooled students have various opportunities to access advanced courses, including college classes and AP courses. They aren’t missing out on these academic offerings.

 

Organized Sports

Contrary to the belief that homeschool kids miss out on sports, they often have more flexible schedules and can participate in various sports outside of school. Private clubs and leagues provide opportunities for them to excel in their chosen sport.

 

Relationships

I am so guilty of this one. I worry about missing out on those early crushes. Then I realize that I don’t even want that for my girls. We don’t necessarily want our young children to rush into relationships or get “boy crazy.”

 

Free Time

Homeschool kids generally have more free time because they don’t have hours of homework or long commutes. This free time is valuable for unstructured play, family bonding, and pursuing individual interests.

 

Sibling Bonds

Homeschooling often strengthens sibling bonds because children spend more time together, becoming each other’s best friends and developing strong familial relationships.

 

Abundance of Learning

Homeschooled kids receive an excellent education tailored to their needs. They have the freedom to explore their interests and dive deeper into subjects that captivate them. We have taken the opportunity to start learning Spanish as a family with The Cultured Kid this year.

What Homeschool Kids Are Getting

More Family Time

The absence of long school hours and homework means more quality family time, allowing parents to nurture and guide their children in a supportive environment.

 

Conclusion

It’s time to shift the narrative and focus on the abundance of benefits that homeschool kids are receiving. Instead of dwelling on what they might be missing, let’s celebrate the opportunities for socialization, learning, play, family time, and strong sibling bonds that homeschooling provides. Remember, homeschooling is a path of abundance, not absence. Embrace it and continue to provide your children with a well-rounded education and a nurturing environment.

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