Hey Homies! I’m back again with another episode of The Hippie Homschooler Podcast!
This episode is about the seven benefits we have found from homeschooling our kids this year. If you are short on time (or just don’t feel like listening) I will list them out for you here.
#1: Having more time to spend with my kids.
How many times have you heard someone from an older generation saying they wish they had spent more time with their kids when they were growing up? When you homeschool, you are given this beautiful opportunity to spend quality, learning time together with your children.
Not only are you given more time together, but you get to see the wheels turning in your child’s head. You get to be the first person to witness when a really hard concept finally sticks in their head. Honestly, that is the most rewarding benefit of homeschooling and I feel so blessed to experience these moments first hand.
#2: Teaching Your Children Valuable Life Skills
Since I couldn’t insert the meme in my podcast, I will go ahead and insert it here…
Are you laughing? I know I certainly did because that is what the public school system left me feeling like.
(Although side nerdy note, Pythagoras is kind of a badass and a major historical influence of mine so I’m secretly glad we learned the Pythagorean theorem)
All jokes aside, it is sadly true that our kid’s are denied these basic life skills in the public school system. The benefit of homeschooling here is you are given the opportunity to teach your child age appropriate life skills as a part of their regular curriculum.
#3: Allowing your children to learn in new environments
Was I the only one that would beeeeeeggggg my teachers to take our lessons outside when it was a beautiful day?
I think it’s highly beneficial to switch up the learning venue for children. It makes learning feel less like a prison and more like a fun, interesting, new experience. Which when you think about it, that’s how school should be.
The benefit of homeschooling here is you can pick and choose where to do your lessons based on what you or your children are feeling that day. As you know by now, I am a huge advocate of outdoor schooling and it is something that has taken my children’s learning to the next level.
#4: Tailoring the curriculum to meet your children’s interests
Does anyone else know a plethora of folks who dropped out of high school because they were not interested in the subjects they were learning?
This is something that effects thousands of kids around the nation. The benefit of homeschooling here is you are able to hone in on your child’s strengths and interests so school stays exciting for them.
Don’t get me wrong here, I’m not saying don’t teach them math because they hate doing equations. There is a wealth of critical thinking skills to be gained from learning mathematical computations.
I am, however, saying you don’t have to overly force subjects down your kid’s throats that you know will not benefit them in any way.
#5: No gaps in your child’s education
As I mentioned in my last podcast, this among the top benefits of homeschooling. Often times in public school kids are shuffled around between grades, meaning your kids have different classmates each year.
The problem with this is each child in the class is then coming from a different base of knowledge. Some children will have seen the material in class already, others may have learned the materials two years ago, and some students may have never seen this information before in their lives.
This means the teacher has to then cater their curriculum to meet all these different bases of knowledge. This could result in the kids who already know the subject getting very bored. Likewise, the students who have never seen the information before could feel overwhelmed.
When you homeschool, you know exactly what your child has learned before and can build off that. There will never be this weird gap in their education where they are either waaay ahead or falling behind. You know exactly where to meet your child because you have been teaching them the whole time.
#6: More time to socialize
Do I really need to say more? I go waaaaay deeper into this in the podcast, but I will say this. The myth about homeschoolers not socializing is COMPLETE AND UTTER BULLSHIT.
Not only do my kids have ample time to socialize, they learn to socialize with kids and adults alike. They are not afraid to hold a conversation with an adult because they are not discouraged from talking to adults.
I remember being in school and my teachers always saying “this isn’t social hour.” I also remember teachers who didn’t have the time of day to talk to their students. Being able to teach your kids how to socialize with people from all walks of life and age ranges is a super HUGE benefit of homeschooling!
#7: Growing your consciousness together
Ahhhhh, you thought you were gonna get out of here without some super “woo-woo” hippie shit. Think again!
I mentioned this before, and I’ll probably say it a million more times, I am on a spiritual journey. I don’t believe in God the same way other religions do, but I do believe in the divine nature that exists within every being.
A huge benefit of homeschooling for me is having the time to talk to my kids about “higher vibrational” topics like mindfulness, being aware of their breath, and being in control of their reactions.
I truly believe it is our duty as parents to bring these topics to the forefront for our kids while they are young. Why? Because I’m 30 years old and I’m just NOW figuring this shit out. I think it’s a lot easier to cultivate these skills when you are younger and still learning your emotions and reactions than trying to fix it as an adult.
How does this allow you to grow together? The beautiful thing about teaching is as you teach, the more you yourself learn. So as I am teaching my kids to raise their awareness and vibration, I am doing the same for myself. If that’s not the most beautiful benefit of homeschooling, I honestly don’t know what is.
Give the podcast a listen!!
This is obviously a very brief recap of what I discuss in the podcast. If you are interested in learning more, click the player above and give it a listen. My podcast is also now listed in iTunes and Spotify so you can listen anywhere at anytime.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read/listen/whatever you are doing. Let me know in the comments below what the biggest benefit of homeschooling is for you! I would love to stay connected with you.
Until next time homies, peace out!