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An estimated 2.3 million students receive education via home schools. Nearly 3.4 million have been home schooled at least one year between kindergarten and the 12th grade, with an average duration of six to eight years. (

The appeal of homeschooling for parents who choose it flows from the flexibility homeschools afford. Parents and students are not encumbered by the limited time, schedules and often governmental regulations imposed in traditional schools. With more freedom come benefits that provide students more time to master skills and pursue interests and experiences. For certain families, homeschooling may promote their children’s physical and emotional well-being more effectively than traditional settings.

Attention to Student

Homeschooled children get the type of individual, often one-on-one attention not possible in a traditional school setting.

That the teacher is also the student's parent amplifies this benefit. Parents already have hey good handle on their children's strengths and weaknesses. 

For instance, some children may learn more effectively through visuals such as videos and images than words. A YouTube or other video might explain gravity or the circulation a blood throughout the circulatory system. With a drawing can come a lesson on the water cycle. 

Children in the kinesthetic category may require hands-on activities to incorporate touch. Such assignments may include making a map to show the location of events or landmarks, building a model, or creating a timeline for history.

The ability to work with just one student allows the teacher to gauge the progress more effectively and determined the time needed on a subject. With knowledge of the students tendencies, The homeschool teacher can tailor instruction time to when the student is most likely to be attentive and productive.

Attention to Subjects

In traditional schooling, the teachers can only devote a certain amount of hours and days to a subject. After all, most public schools are restricted by law as to the number of days they can be in session. Further, traditional schools build into the daily schedules recess, lunch and bus running time.

With these things absent in homeschooling, parent and student have more time to devote to instruction and particular subjects. If the student experiences difficulty understanding a concept, the teacher can spend more time on it through more explanation or more activities. The flexibility of additional time allows more complex matter to be explained in a methodical manner. It increases the likelihood that the student will master each step in, say, a particular type of math problem.

Different Learning Experiences

A desire among many parents to teach religious and moral values sparked much of the homeschool movement of the 1980s and 1990s. According to a study in 2016, just over 51 percent of respondents home schooled for religious reasons. Nearly 70 percent viewed the wish to provide moral instruction as motivation for homeschooling. (

The traditional school system emphasizes not only secular subjects, but having students pass standardized tests. This latter factor means that traditional students may get at best limited practical applications of even basic subjects. In the home school context, the flexible schedule affords more opportunities to experience basic concepts in practice. Household budgets or examination of a bank statement may teach both the importance of accurate math skills and financial responsibilities. In a garden might come lessons about photosynthesis and species of plants. (

Free from the time and bureaucratic constraints of traditional school, a student can learn from more field trips. Museums of natural science and history display geographic and natural conditions and events particular to a country or even region. Some field trips can highlight events and landmarks near the students home. Homeschoolers are able to devote more time to subjects such as the founding of a particular city or county and the story behind its naming.

Harmony and Acceptance

Criticisms of social isolation abound with regard to homeschooling. 

Yet, homeschooling may afford an effective response to, rather than causing, problems with many students being accepted. Parents of bullied children may sense a school’s inability or unwillingness to effectively address verbal, emotion and sometimes physical abuse hurled at certain students. 

Disabled students often bear a significant brunt of this behavior. According to studies, nearly six out of ten disabled students suffer some form of bullying. Among the school population at large, the rate stands at 25 percent. ( Already facing barriers to learning because of physical, psychological or neurological conditions, students with disability may lack the support and acceptance of peers or others.

Bullied students, whether considered disabled or otherwise, may cease their attendance at school to avoid the mistreatment and threats to safety. Compared with non-bullied students, those who face bullying in-person and through electronic means such as social media and the internet were five to six times more likely to stay away from school. ( Even those bullying victims who remain in class become distracted through lack of self-esteem and depression.

Home schooling provides an environment free of these distractions and threats. Students sense less pressure to conform to a clique or superficial standards to gain acceptance. 

Further, students in home schools enjoy more opportunities to socialize in settings outside of the school. 

Meeting Student’s Unique Needs and Opportunities

The flexibility of homeschooling allows parents to more readily handle their children’s illnesses. For fatigue and other relatively minor ailments, parents can delay certain lessons. For conditions that require medical attention, the parents can promptly schedule appointments without having to spend time in pulling students out of school. Students with chronic or serious illnesses often need multiple appointments for diagnoses and treatments. Such students may even have hospitalization, sometimes in children’s hospitals perhaps hundreds of miles away from home.

Homeschooling may even allow students with special talents to pursue non-academic interests in a way not likely in traditional schools. The regular school day allows limited time and development even with chorus, band or athletic teams. In home school settings, flexible time may allow students more time for lessons and travel to competitions or workshops. 

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  • It’s good that you emphasized that with homeschooling, our children can get one-on-one attention which won’t be possible in a traditional school setting, so there will be more focus on the children’s strengths and weaknesses. I plan to homeschool my daughter for preschool since she’s quite sickly so I don’t want to stress her out when her body is still very frail. I’ll keep this in mind while I look for preschool curriculum kits available in Raleigh to consider for her homeschooling from now on.

    Clare Martin on

  • It’s good that you pointed out how homeschooling gives the student undivided attention compared to a traditional school setting, so they can learn more effectively since their strengths and weaknesses are focused on. My daughter is a little sickly, so I wanted to get her homeschooled in the meantime until she feels better enough to be enrolled in a traditional school setting. I’ll take note of this while I look for a homeschool support center in Bonita Springs to contact for my daughter’s studies in the meantime.

    Clare Martin on

  • My son has dyslexia, so he finds it hard to keep up with traditional classes, which is why we’re considering homeschooling him instead. It’s a good thing you brought up that homeschooling allows the teacher to spend more time on explaining lessons that the student finds difficult to understand because of the flexibility in time. I’ll keep this in mind while I look for a home school learning center to get in touch with soon.

    Elina Brooks on

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