This post is the “big picture,” the reasons that former homeschoolers list as the BEST THING(S) about homeschooling.
The second half of this post is the responses of these adults about what they wish had been different about their homeschooling experience.
I hope this post encourages you and gives you some food for thought as well.
Survey Question: What was the best thing about homeschooling?
Here are the top three answers:
#1: Closer Family relationships (15 responses/ 34%)
#2 & 3 are tied:
Flexibility (10 responses/ 23%)
Freedom to pursue interests (academic and extracurricular) (10 responses/ 23%)
Closer family 15
One-on-one time with parents
Greater appreciation for parents
Freedom to pursue interests (academic and extracurricular) 10
Ability to work at your own pace 7
Laid back schedule 2
More time efficient
Never stopping the learning process
Getting college credit in high school
Learned how to think for oneself
Learning for learning’s sake and not for grades
Freedom to adapt to personal learning styles
No wasted time on “busy work”
Sheltered from bad influences
Reduced Peer Pressure
Having “real life” experiences
Learned strong work ethic
Being able to travel 2
More time for volunteering 2
Unique experiences (field trips, etc) 2
More free time
Meeting lots of different people
Closer walk with God 2
Faith integrated into every aspect of learning
J. M. 30 from TX: I wish my folks had spent more time on math and science. (even though I was ready for collage level study I feel like I could have done even better if we had)
R. M. 23 from OK: I wish we had done more science.
M.G. 26 from VA: Looking back, I think that my education lacked any real writing component. However, I have compensated for it since.
J. D. 18 from VA: Sometimes I just wish I had a teacher to help me through situations that I didn’t understand the material.
M. W. 27 from GA: I wish there had been more structure and a more complete curriculum.
R. P. 30 from MS: When I got to high school I would go to the homeschool convention each year and pick out my books for the coming year with my mom. I then went through the text books pretty much on my own. I wish my mom had held me accountable a bit more because I didn’t end up finishing as much as I could have (although in the end I was completely prepared for college). Also we didn’t do science labs in high school, which I wish we had even though that tends to be hard. In WA state we have a program where you can go to community college for free for the last two years of high school and graduate from high school with an AA. I kind of wish my mom had pushed me to do that, but it may be that I wasn’t socially ready at that point.
E. M. 26 from FL: I highly recommend co-op. I wish we would have done more of this early on in my experiences. It provided more structure.
E. H. 19 from GA: Not much, just that maybe we had been part of the co-op longer and we had been stricter on keeping grades.
M. M. 29 from CA: I honestly kinda wish I wasn’t [homeschooled]. Although I wouldn’t be who I am today, but I really felt I was jipped in the education area.
Kelly C. 29 from VA: I wish that it would have been easier to get involved in sports. The only option for me was a rec league and the one time I got involved in a rec league it was all boys (on a boy/girl team).
Beka R. 25 from KS: I look at my younger siblings all involved in basketball, and I wish I had given it a shot . . . looking back I think I would have enjoyed that very much.
Samantha C. 24 from MO: Being able to be involved in competitive sports, like softball, would have been nice.
S. G. 29 from VA: I do wish I had been forced into more social situations. That could have made the public sphere less trying. Even today, conversing with people remains difficult for me; I believe my schooling experience plays a large role in that difficulty.
J. C. 28 from KY: I wish my parents had been more involved in my schooling and in making sure I was involved socially, not just by putting me into social situations but by training me in how to act in those situations.
B. H. 23 from VA: That I would have had a bit more contact with other homeschoolers, but I did have adequate social activities in Youth Group at Church.
K. C. 24 from VA: I wish that I had a better homeschool group in high school. Having a good local group is key to not feeling isolated.
M. V. 27 from IA: I wouldn’t be homeschooled. I wish I’d been sent [public school], actually. If I had to still be homeschooled, I wish my parents had pushed me into doing things besides choir and 4-H and work, to try new things instead of just doing what was immediately available.