Homeschooling through high school can be difficult at times, but I found that the benefits and rewards far outweighed the difficulties we encountered. Here are some things to consider:
TEN REASONS TO HOME SCHOOL DURING THE TEEN YEARS
1. You get to see the completion of your efforts. Something is lost when you turn over your home discipling to others.
2. You can customize your children’s education to provide motivation for their gifts and abilities. No one else will be able to provide the consistent and loving support that you can in weak areas.
3.You can direct them to early college entrance. Even public high schools realize many students are ready for college level courses and have cooperating programs with colleges.
4. You can continue the family building process. The teen years continue to be impressionable and formative. This is an invaluable time to cement family relationships.
5. You can be sure that your teens are learning, if they are at home. Studies have revealed that public high school students average 2 hours and 13 minutes of academic work a day.
6. If you send your teens to high school, there will be a diversion away from the academic focus, as well as spiritual priorities. Be aware of the many distractions that won’t parallel the home life you have maintained.Vast amounts of time separated from the family will affect their relationship with you. We have all put great amounts of our heart and time into our home-schooling years, and we want those efforts preserved.
7. Home school is the best preparation for college studies. The home education “style” is closer to college-type instruction.
8. There is greater flexibility for work/study opportunities.
9. Home educators have the best available curriculum and greater selection. Public schools offer revisionist history and science that promotes their humanist perspective. The godly commitment of many great Americans has been deleted from public text books.
10. Age/grade isolation or segregation inhibits socialization. Public school children are behind their home school counterparts in maturity, socialization, and vocabulary development, as demonstrated by available research.
My personal reason: I enjoyed having my sons around the house! We had a lot of interesting discussions and fun too. 🙂