Whether you send your kids to public school or home educate them, you are ultimately responsible for raising your children because you are their parents – and, parenting is hard work. As hard as that responsibility is, homeschooling makes parenting easier.
This homeschooling article is sponsored by The Phonics Road to Spelling and Reading – Schola Publications. See more info about the sponsor at the bottom of this article – and you can also read an in-depth review of the program HERE based on my experience of using it for several years.
Homeschooling has been such a positive experience for our family, I can’t help but shout its praises! And one thing I learned (or was reminded of) while at our local homeschool conference is how little academics matter in the grand scope of life.
Do you know what truly matters? Raising our kids to be godly men & women – in addition to having reading, writing, and math skills.
The great thing about homeschooling is that we, as parents, choose the curriculum we want to use. That means, we can combine a great academic education with biblical-character training and family moments.
Choosing to homeschool may seem like you are making your life as a parent harder, but I beg to differ. In my experience, and from what I have heard many veteran homeschool parents confirm, homeschooling actually makes parenting easier in so many ways. Though, it will take intention, diligence, and dedication on your part before you start reaping the benefits. Good habits/routines take time to implement.
5 Reasons Homeschooling Makes Parenting Easier
- More time together for character training, Bible study, and meaningful conversations equal less chance for bitterness, grudges, or bad attitudes to grow or linger.
- More opportunities to be intentional and attentive to your children in training & loving them, creating more of a bond and mutual respect between you all. Disagreements, disobedience, and hurt feelings can be worked out more thoroughly since you do not have many outside activities to hurry off to in the middle of it.
- You gain more helpful hands when you teach your children necessary life skills and how to work as a family team. This also creates a positive attitude towards working hard as your children work alongside you and learn by example.
- You can create your own schedule, routine, and stable home atmosphere. Security & routine are so important to children!
- As you teach the older children the joy of learning, the younger children will be eager to start school, too! This actually makes adding more students to your homeschool super easy.
Another big reason I encourage homeschooling as a family experience (no matter the parents’ education level) is that you learn with (or, just ahead of) your children. The most memorable example of this is when we used The Phonics Road for several years.
- It was THE best language arts curriculum I have ever used.
- It taught me while I taught my children.
- It gave us a rich, purposeful experience together that we still cherish and talk about.
- I even discovered my favorite read-aloud book of all time included in level four of The Phonics Road – Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham.
We refer to Barbara Beers as “the phonics lady” and quote her often. I would highly recommend it for all homeschooling families desiring a quality language arts curriculum.
To be honest, the thought of needing to have my kids dressed, fed, and out the door early every morning sounds so much harder than teaching them in the comfort of our own home. Not to mention the stress that would come from worrying about my boys’ food allergies and my children’s medical/special needs, etc.
I believe that being away from my kids for several hours 5 days every week would disrupt our relationships in ways that make me sad to think about. We will never regret the time we spend with our children, but we may regret every opportunity missed to be their greatest influence, cheerleader, caregiver, etc.
To be fair, I have never sent my kids to public school. However, since I experienced public, private-Christian, and homeschooling throughout my childhood, I am fairly certain that I can indeed speak to the changes in the parent-child relationship. The best years of my education were spent at home with my mom.
THE best years of my life have been parenting while homeschooling my children. I would not trade a single moment with them for anything the world/public school has to offer. No matter how hard it may be. Hard does not equal bad. Academic education does not have to be separate from living real life together as a family!
About the Sponsor – From Barbara Beers From Schola Publications:
For over 25 years The PHONICS Road to Spelling and Reading has given students ages 5-11 skills to be confident spellers, excellent writers, enthusiastic readers, proficient in English grammar and Latin. Students learn to Hear-Say-Write-Read® over 2000 high-frequency words with Rule Tunes®, learning why these words are spelled the way they are and mastering both manuscript and cursive writing. Grammar builds from the simple parts of speech to complex sentence structures easily and naturally with Grammar Tunes®, using the words they have learned to spell as tools for building sentences. By studying award-winning literature, students master the process of taking notes, making outlines, and paragraph writing. Finally, our unique introduction to Latin teaches the principles of English spelling our most difficult words that ONLY Latin provides.
I make it EASY for you and your students to learn by personally teaching and coordinating ALL your language arts skills right in your home or classroom with detailed video lessons.
Here are some links for more information:
Our Teaching Method:
Six Subjects in ONE:
4-year Scope & Sequence:
Where Do I Begin? (Spelling Assessment Test)
Velocity Track schedule for older or struggling students:
Sample First Readers for Beginners:
Sample audio Rule Tunes and Grammar Tunes: