In 2003, National Center for Education Statistics conducted a study on why American families homeschool. You can read the results of those reasons in my post, Why Families Homeschool? But if you are considering homeschooling, it might be helpful for you to look at some specific, real life reasons of why homescholing could work for your family.
1. Your child is academically advanced for his age
Now, we all like to believe that we have baby geniuses living in our homes, but in truth you may have a child who is advanced in one or more areas—a child who can read or do math problems a year or more above their grade level. The risk you take in leaving them in a less than challenging environment is that they will become bored and distracted, lose their desire to learn and even begin acting out in class.
2. Your child is emotionally or socially immature for her age
If your child isn’t emotionally ready for school or if your child’s peers are more socially advanced than your child, you risk your child becoming ostracized or withdrawing into a shell. Homeschooling gives your child the time to mature and grow at their own rate without pressure, humiliation or fear.
3. The classroom environment too distracting
If your child becomes easily distracted by lots of activity, sounds, colors and people, then a classroom environment may be a challenge for them. They may have difficulty and need quieter, more sedate surroundings in order to learn. This doesn’t necessarily mean that your child is ADD or ADHD (although those are valid reasons for homeschooling too), it may be that your child is simply more sensitive to sights, sounds and people.
4. The school environment is too hostile
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 31-percent of parents cite concern for school environments as their primary reason for homeschooling. This includes, but is not limited to, bullying. A study published in 2010 by Clemson University found that 17% of (or 1 in 6) students reported being bullied. Sadly, the study also reported that the older the victim, the less likely they are to report the incidents. October 2012 is National Bullying Prevention Month. As bullying and its detrimental effects come to light, hopefully those statistics will change.
5. The school environment is unsuitable
Many parents are concerned by the mature and graphic ideas and information that their children are exposed to in school. Schools are a melting pot of influences—both good and bad. But if you are concerned about your second grader being exposed to the birds and the bees or your middle schooler being exposed to pornography or your high schooler being exposed to drugs, then homeschooling can provide your family with an alternative.