Rachel Rittenhouse

Christian fiction for ladies young and old

Homeschooling 101: Advantages/Disadvantages

October 30th, 2014

Wow, it is so hard to believe that today is the last Thursday of October! Though, I must say, I am ready for November.

It is the last week of October’s Blog Series, Homeschooling 101. This week, I will be talking about some of the advantages and disadvantages, as well hearing from some other homeschoolers as well.

Advantages: For me, I have found homeschooling very beneficial to me. I was able to stay home and develop my relationships with my parents and siblings. I was also able to learn how to run a household (ex. dishes, wash, cleaning, cooking, and baking). I was also able to work since I was 12 years old, starting out by babysitting once a week.

Disadvantages: Because I loved homeschooling so much, it’s hard for me to see anything other than the advantages! It is true that you don’t see your friends every day. Depending on if any of your extra-curricular activities are with them, it might be up to you to plan non-school get-togethers.

But don’t just take my word for it! Hear what other homeschoolers and graduated homeschoolers say 🙂

Audrey D. says: “I loved being homeschooled. I have picked up a lot of skills & extra knowledge because of being homeschooled. For example, I know a billion different kinds of trees and plants because I was able to spend a lot of time outside in the woods behind my house as a kid. I grew up climbing trees, building dams & forts, scraping my knees on a daily basis and loving every bit of it! I also feel like I was educated better because homeschoolers are picky about the type of teachers we hire. Disadvantages…? Personally, none. It varies across the board, but I wouldn’t change a bit of my education!”

Autumn D. says: “Oh I highly recommend homeschool… it really prepared me well for college life now. My mom being a go-getter personality, I really learned to create the best study habits for me. Since I had 12 years to learn to manage my time, read and manage my workload on my own, I really feel prepared to take on all the homework college gives out.”

Michaela C. says: “Honestly. I don’t know where to start! First of all, I would have to say that the advantages far outnumber the disadvantages. The flexible schedule is amazing. I love the ability to learn what you choose, when you want to! I can focus so much more on the hobbies and creative activities that interest me as an individual, instead of trying to fit the certain mold that most of the world sees as “successful”. Another neat thing about homeschooling is that you are more eligible for most part-time jobs because of your availability during school hours. A bonus advantage is the fact that many household activities such as cooking, cleaning, yardwork, baking, and other chores can be integrated into the school day. The only disadvantages might be that I don’t get to see my friends who go to school as often and that I don’t get any snow days! But, as a hands-on learner, I feel so blessed by the opportunity to be schooled at home.”


So what have you thought about this past blog series? Were your questions about homeschooling answered? Leave a comment below and let me know what you thought!


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Rachel Rittenhouse

Christian fiction for ladies young and old