Every homeschooler has their own set of reasons they have chosen homeschooling. I recently bragged there are probably 100 reasons we homeschool. I saw down to list them and came up with these as my first 50.

  1. School isn’t developmentally appropriate.  Kids need far more time to play and rest.
  2. There are no bullies in our homeschool.
  3. School shootings.
  4. Contagious disease. Yes, the pandemic makes this one a crazy huge deal, but little kids were spreading germs on every surface of the place long before this. We decided to not catch them all.
  5. No need for a bathroom pass. Kids can go when they need to go.
  6. Food allergies: No need to worry about classroom snacks my kids can’t eat.
  7. Teachers who don’t understand my child’s learning challenges.
  8. No IEP meetings, we just meet their needs.
  9. Recess anytime we need it.
  10. We can repeat any lesson.
  11. We can go as slow as we want.
  12. We can skip a  lesson.
  13. We can go as fast as we want.
  14. They can read any books they choose without weird reading level guidelines.
  15. They can spend a whole day or week making art if they want.
  16. We can do crazy science experiments and not worry about what the rest of the class will do.
  17. All the field trips we want.
  18. Lunch can last as long as it takes to eat.
  19. No silent lunch.
  20. No punishments for other students…. Okay, so fighting with your siblings can still get you in trouble, but it isn’t the same as the whole class losing recess.
  21. PE can be yoga or hiking or bike riding.
  22. No active shooter drills.
  23. No reason to stress about grades.
  24. No sexual harassment from other students.
  25. No sexual harassment from teachers (my own 7th-grade year really sucked btw).
  26. My kids never hear “She could do so well if she’d just apply herself.”
  27. My kids never get called lazy or other negative things when they in fact have learning disabilities.
  28. No worrying the other kids in the class can’t afford lunch or being harassed for lunch money in the cafeteria. (I mean by the administration).
  29. Discussions instead of writing papers.
  30. Creative assignments that would never happen in a classroom.
  31. Hour of Code counts as computer class.
  32. Listening to 80’s rock can be part of music appreciation class.
  33. We can do school in bed when we feel like it.
  34. Pajamas all day.
  35. We never miss the bus.
  36. No crazy hectic mornings of trying to get out the door.
  37. Playing Scrabble can count as spelling class.
  38. Baking cookies counts as math.
  39. Movies as literature.
  40. No one gets pushed in a locker.
  41. No uniform code.
  42. Parent-teacher meetings are better this way.
  43. Kids can learn what they are interested in during the day, no matter why style of homeschooling we are doing.
  44. We get done in far less time than a typical school day.
  45. Ms. Frizzle is my substitute.
  46. The class pets are great.
  47. No need to worry about a doctor’s note if we need a sick day.
  48. We can take a mental health day.
  49. Vacations when everyone else is in school.
  50. Interesting college applications, because we can do a class in anything we choose.

What do you think? Why do you homeschool?

About the Author

Laura Sowdon, OTR/L is an occupational therapist, writer, speaker, educator and creator of the Five Senses Literature Lessons homeschool curriculum. She has worked as an occupational therapist with children in public and private schools, as well as private practice. Laura has taught and managed homeschool co-ops as well as homeschooling her own three children. Laura is dedicated to the idea of educating children at a pace that aligns with brain and physical development milestones and respects neurodiversity in all its forms.

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