Homeschooling Allows Families More Freedom

Homeschooling is a growing trend in America, and not for the reasons that many would assume. No longer the realm of the uber-religious and cloistered away, homeschooling has given ordinary families the freedom to travel without predefined schedules.

Family on vacation

When my own family began homeschooling, the freedom it afforded was a huge benefit. We would vacation when it was convenient to us, rather than according to the school’s schedule. We could also schedule learning into what we needed. Even now, as myself and my children are preparing to move to a new state, I know that their education does not have to be disrupted or missed.

According to, many other families are also choosing to homeschool so that they can travel and explore the world around them. Families are visiting other countries, having adventures, and experiencing as much of the world as possible without leaving their children behind.

“I really like our lifestyle!” said Niall Gifford, the 11-year-old from the Seattle area who is sailing across the Pacific to Australia on a 47-foot sloop with his mom, dad and two younger sisters. “We’ll do a little bit of school in the morning, or maybe we’ll go for a snorkel and then do a science lesson … I’d say I’m learning more than I did in school at home. I do think home-schooling is a very neat opportunity.”

Homeschooling not only allows families to travel and explore more, it also allows them more family time. The education can be done by the entire family, giving both parents a chance to connect with their children. Because homeschooling does not have to resemble the typical school classroom experience, it can also become a fun experience.

“I was looking to recapture my relationship with my two daughters,” said Toni Farmer, 41, a New Jersey mom who started home-schooling her 12-year-old twin girls last year. “I could see it slipping away as they spent eight hours a day with teachers and friends. Our time together was squeezed into a few hours in the evening. … There was no time to just enjoy their company.”

According to Brian D. Ray, founder of the National Home Education Research Institute, there are about 2 million children and teens being homeschooled in the US. In 2003, 20 percent of parents said they chose to home-school their kids for “other reasons” that included “family time” and “travel,” in 2007 that number has risen to 32 percent. Many families are choosing the freedom of homeschooling because it works better for their families. – Summer, staff writer

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Summer is a mom of three, living life in the slow lane along historic Route 66. She writes, homeschools, gardens, and is still trying to learn how to knit.

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  • Thanks for writing an article that points out that a huge majority of us who choose to homeschool are NOT doing it for religious reasons. I believe that the large homeschool movement in this country shows that family values are coming back and that people WANT a close relationship with their children. (I am NOT saying that those who don’t homeschool do not have these values merely that it shows that people are sacrificing more to be able to spend time with their children.)
    I know that here in FL many parents are choosing to homeschool because of the incredible amounts of homework the kids are bringing home. If a child is into a sport or activity, it makes it almost impossible to do it all because of the heavy school load. By homeschooling, children have the time they need to do schooling and their activiites.

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