77 Fun, Serious, Obscure, and Obvious Reasons to Homeschool

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. — Deuteronomy 6:6-7

I have a workshop titled “Give Me One Good Reason to Homeschool.” In that presentation, I start with a fun and light-hearted top-ten list to break the ice. Then I transition to a more serious set of reasons. I typically change the fun and entertaining list at the beginning depending on what is trending or what I think will connect with the local audience. Part of the problem is that my “fun” list is simply too long. So I am forced to narrow it down to ten, and get on with the more “important” side of the message. Of course, some of the light-hearted reasons at the beginning are actually fairly solid, convincing, and thought-provoking in their own right. So the dilemma is this: which reasons should I include in the list?

Then it hit me. I decided to write this article and simply list them all. I won’t take the time to explain them since I think you are smart enough to figure that out on your own. So let’s get right to it. Here is my list of 77 fun, serious, obscure, and obvious reasons why homeschooling is awesome.

1) Your kids never miss the bus
2) Praying and reading the Bible are allowed
3) You don’t have to make up snow days
4) You don’t need a note for the teacher when you visit the doctor
5) You can do something else with that $12,000 per year per kid that private
schools charge
6) Recess can last two hours on a nice, sunny day
7) Playing with LEGOs can count as learning
8) Your kids don’t have to read until they are actually ready
9) No one will think twice if the principal and teacher kiss and hug in front of
the students
10) It’s a walk of faith
11) Ephesians 6 & Deuteronomy 6
12) You can teach all subjects from a Christian/Biblical worldview
13) Your kids can miss out on the liberal agenda
14) The physical safety of your kids
15) Your kids can explore creation outside
16) Instilling a love of learning
17) The opportunity to give individualized instruction
18) The positive social setting and context of family
19) Being able to give moral and religious instruction
20) Your kid’s performance is not a function of your own education
21) The cost is 10% of less that of the public or private system
22) You can be assured of your child’s safety in the bathroom
23) Kids can spend extra time in areas of their interest and skill
24) You are in charge of the schedule and can flex it to work for your family
25) You are their parent
26) Your kid won’t be labeled
27) Your kid won’t be harassed or bullied
28) No one loves your child more than you
29) Your child’s performance is not a function of your family’s income
30) Parent’s are in charge of the calendar
31) You get to drive the school bus
32) There is a short commute time to the classroom
33) The cafeteria is always open
34) You get to take advantage of discounts and avoid crowds by vacationing
in the off seasons
35) Your kids can be in multiple grades at the same time
36) Your kids get to drink milk from a glass instead of a paper carton
37) Unlimited hugs from the teacher
38) Your kids can attend classes with “A Bad Hair Day”
39) Your kids get to cuddle under a blanket on a cold winter day
40) Your kids always get a role in the school play
41) No snow days to make up
42) The student-teacher ratio is 7, 5, 3 to 1 or less
43) Your kids are the school janitor
44) The whole family gets to take P.E.
45) Making meals counts as home economics (a course most schools don’t
teach anymore)
46) Your kids don’t have to carry their heavy books around all day in a back pack
47) Family emergencies are automatically written into the lesson plan
48) No one has to raise your hands (which is not very useful in the workplace)
49) Your kids don’t need a note from the doctor
50) Your boys can take a pocket knife to school
51) You can actually get it all done by 1:00 pm (when the kids are young)
52) Enjoying the holidays from Thanksgiving to Christmas can count as school
53) Everything can stop for a few months to enjoy, bond, and help with the
new baby
54) Your home actually gets to be lived in (I feel for all those lonely homes
during the day)
55) You can do your reading assignment on the porch, in the fort, or up in a
tree
56) Every one of your students is the valedictorian of their class
57) Cleaning out the refrigerator doubles as a science experiment
58) Cooking and baking can count as learning
59) No waiting in lines
60) Because Common Core is a joke
61) Your kids can’t fool the teacher into thinking they understand the material
62) You can have more meaningful family time
63) Kids learn at their own pace
64) You determine the scope and sequence
65) Students can learn subjects not normally available in other school settings
(ex: Chinese language and culture, foreign missions, movie making, etc.)
66) The teachers and students will actually look forward to school reunions
67) It saves the state and tax-payers tons of money
68) Pajamas can be the official school uniform (at least for a few winter days)
69) The pet dog is allowed to be in the room while the kids do their school
work
70) Your students aren’t exposed to negative social environments
71) Your students can practice freedom of religion (the 1st amendment)
72) Math class can take place while shopping at the grocery store
73) Vacations can become whole family educational outings
74) Brothers and sisters actually get to know and like each other
75) If caught talking to yourself, you can say you are having a parent-teacher
meeting
76) The teacher never goes on strike (at least I hope not)

And a personal favorite:

77) You get to experience God filling in gaps so big a school bus could drive
right through it

 

Walking by faith and enjoying the homeschooling adventure of a lifetime!

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© 2016 Davis Carman
homeschoolcastles.com

Davis Carman is the president of Apologia Educational Ministries, the #1 publisher of creation-based science and Bible curriculum. He is also the author of four illustrated children’s books. Good Morning, God is based on Deuteronomy 6, A Light for My Path is an ABC book based on Psalm 119, and In the Beginning is based on the creation account in Genesis. His latest, Psalms to Know Early, is now available. Davis believes that if there was ever a time to homeschool, it is now!

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3 Responses to “77 Fun, Serious, Obscure, and Obvious Reasons to Homeschool”

  1. I love the specification on point 51, (when the kids are young). We encourage life-long learners, so at a certain age we hope they will use the entire day as ‘school.’

    • Davis says:

      Naomi – Glad you enjoyed the list and #51 in particular. Yes, as your kids become more independent, the entire day opens up for learning something new. As an example, yesterday my 14 year old used his “free time” to learn some new algorithms for solving a Rubik’s cube. As a parent, I was loving it.

  2. Davis says:

    Naomi – Glad you enjoyed the list and #51 in particular. Yes, as your kids become more independent, the entire day opens up for learning something new. As an example, yesterday my 14 year old used his “free time” to learn some new algorithms for solving a Rubik’s cube. As a parent, I was loving it.

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