Why Do You Home School?

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

It has been so interesting and enjoyable to read the comments, both here and on the blog's Facebook page, about the different homeschooling approaches families choose. After thinking about the "how" of homeschooling, what about the "why?"

Why did you/do you/will you home school?

According to a 2008 National Center for Education Statistics report, here are the top five reasons why families choose to home school:

1. A concern about the school environment
2. A desire to provide religious or moral instruction
3. A dissatisfaction with academic instruction at other schools
4. A non-traditional approach to child's education
5. Other reasons

We choose homeschooling for "a non-traditional approach to child's education," allowing us to tailor our children's learning to individual interests and needs and providing the time and space for our children's innate curiosity to bloom and expand.

What about you? Check out the Facebook poll as well!


  1. My reasons would be #1 and #4. I'm worried that traditional schooling might quash my daughter's creativity. I'm worried that my active son will be labeled ADHD, or the "bad kid", because of his inability to sit still for eight hours a day and listen to something that doesn't interest him. I have lots of other concerns (some for home schooling, some against home schooling), but if we take the leap, it will be for those reasons.

  2. Such a great response and things I think about a lot too. If you haven't read any of Peter Gray's blog, Freedom to Learn, I'd highly suggest it. He is a Boston College Psychology professor and editor for Psychology Today who feels very strongly that ADHD is school-related. He states: "What does it mean to have ADHD? Basically, it means failure to adapt to the conditions of standard schooling." You can find a link to his blog on my sidebar.

    1. I discovered Peter Gray's blog from your blog and I think his posts are always right-on, especially about ADHD. It makes me sad to think of active little boys (and girls) being labeled ADHD and treated with meds when they just need to be allowed freedom and energy!

    2. Yes, Victoria, Peter Gray's posts on ADHD are very insightful; this one in particular: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/freedom-learn/201007/adhd-and-school-the-problem-assessing-normalcy-in-abnormal-environment

  3. I'm also with #1 and #4. My kid's ahead of the game and always has been. I'm afraid that traditional school will completely crush her love of learning and curiosity because she'll be repeating material she figured out awhile ago.

    I'm glad I can be a part of this process. I enjoy the challenge she gives me every day and I love knowing that I can tailor everything to suit her learning style and needs. This is our second year HSing and I don't see us stopping anytime soon.

  4. Kat, so great to hear that homeschoolling is working well for your family! Thanks for visiting the blog.

  5. We are devout Christians and while we appreciate the religious freedom that homeschooling provides, we mostly chose to homeschool because we were concerned about the negative social behaviours that we see in schools today (bullying, negative peer pressure, too much focus on appearance, etc). So #1 would be our response too.

    1. Very interesting insights, and aligned with many recent survey results: that although religious freedom may be a large component of a homeschooling decision, other factors weigh heavily as well. Thanks for visiting the blog!

  6. We homeschool because of learning challenges and ADHD. We tried both public and private school. Private was much better. I taught at the private school shc attended (and public school also), but we moved to another state and couldn't afford private school anymore....placed her back in public school. That didn't last. I pulled her our and have been homeschooling ever since (6+ yers now).

    Homeschooling fits her learning style much, mich better. She can get up to move around without getting called out, she can take a break as needed, she doesn't have to do busy work that gets thrown away, she learns about things she is interested in knowing more about, she attends co-op classes...wouldn't have it any other way!

    Joyfully, Jackie--Mom to a
    Homeschool ADD/ADHD
    My Attempt at Blogging

  7. Jackie, so nice to hear that homeschooling is a good fit for your daughter. Thank you so much for visiting the blog-- and for passing along your blog link!