Want to homeschool? It’s not too late! Phoenix accepts mid-year registrations. Why homeschool? There are lots of reasons families chose to homeschool – in fact, as many reasons as there are families but here are a few of the common ones:
ACADEMIC: Homeschooled kids do better on standardised tests, university entrance and life skills. In my experience this is true depending on when the family decides to homeschool. If your student is in grade 10, for example, and you withdraw from the regular system because the student is behind . . . well, they won’t be ahead of their peers just because they are now homeschooling. Homeschooling, when done correctly, is a lot of work for both the student and the parent! The homeschooling families I know that are ahead of the bell curve spend hours researching, reading and working on their school material. It takes effort!
LIFESTYLE: Homeschooling lets you do so much more – take walks during the warmest part of the winter day, go to museum exhibits when its not crowded, travel during off times and so on. One study suggests that school crowds family time with homework, activities that have to be fitted in after school and that there is a general tiredness and malaise that comes from being at school all day. The downside of this lifestyle choice is that you may have to contend with the nosy store clerk who asks why your child is not in school during the day or family members who at first cannot understand why you are doing this. It can be hard to trust that children are learning when it appears that they are playing all day.
FAMILY TIES: Some studies argue it keeps family time alive and may be more fulfilling for the whole family. I agree! A family that learns together, stays together! I cringe every time I hear a parent say that they can’t wait for their kids to go back to school after a break. Whereas I cannot image a day without my family! We have spent almost every day together since our daughter was born and I love the time we spend exploring, cooking, learning, singing and sewing together! She is a great kid and I am honoured to be a part of her life!
INDIVIDUALIZED: Homeschooling is individualized and centres around the child’s interests as a result learning remains fun. It also means that a child can take as long as needed to achieve mastery. In addition, it is argued that individuated instruction means that a child is learning about what they want to learn, when they’re ready to learn it, not governed by another person’s timetable. Malcolm Gladwell stated in Outliers that it takes 10,000 hours to achieve mastery in an area. Homeschool kids can spend day after day learning something that tickles their interests. Fuelled by this passion, they can be experts in their own right in any area they so choose. The studies of university results of homeschooled children have found that they are as good as or better than mainstream schooled students.
SUPPORTIVE OF DIFFERENCES: Studies have found that homeschooling supports those children with special gifts while avoiding problems for children with special needs such as autism or ADD/ADHD. The downside of this is that there are not additional supports available to the special needs family as there would be in school.
Phoenix is a private school located in Alberta that caters specifically to homeschooling families. Phoenix Founders have personally homeschooled for more that 12 years each. Many of our staff are also homeschooling their kids! We get homeschooling and are here to help you on your educational journey!