(Last Updated on October 24, 2023)
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We all have 24 hours in a day.
You can work hard to earn more money, you can study to gain more knowledge, and you can always buy more stuff. But time is one commodity we can’t get more of, no matter how hard we try.
You can’t earn it. You can’t buy it. You can only spend it more carefully.
Spending your time wisely and intentionally is the closest any of us can get to gaining more time. One of the best ways – in fact, the best way – that my family has found to take back time in our lives has been by homeschooling.
When I first considered homeschooling, I thought the biggest benefit would be customized academics. But, now that I’ve got years of home education under my belt, I see one of the biggest gifts homeschooling gives is time!
In my book, Think About Homeschooling, I explain how time is on your side when you homeschool. It’s one of the key benefits homeschooling families enjoy because…
- It’s efficient. If my natural speller already knows his spelling lesson before we start, I take (literally) one minute to quiz him and I let him test out of it. Why waste time on what he already knows? In a homeschool, there’s no waiting for 20 papers to be passed out, no lining up for class bathroom breaks, and no sitting through lessons on things you already know.
- Less time is wasted on red tape. No parent-teacher conferences, no permission slips from the teacher, no busy work for parents or kids. Homeschooling lets families focus their time on living and learning together naturally, not on jumping through administrative hoops.
- You have more free time. Because it’s an efficient learning method and there’s less red tape, homeschoolers often have a lot of free time at their disposal. Some families fill this time with hobbies, deeper academic learning, and extracurricular activities. Others keep their free time free, focusing on rest, play, travel, and their overall health.
- Your time is yours. Having control over school hours, vacation times, and all of that free time we just talked about is a huge benefit of homeschooling. Like I said, we can’t create more hours in our day, but we can keep more control over the 24 hours that we have! Spend those hours in the way that’s best for your family!
If it sounds too good to be true, it’s not. Homeschooling really is awesome! But, there is one catch.
When I say “your time is yours” that’s true. But that means it’s yours to do something with! If you take on the responsibility of homeschooling, by definition, no one else is going to do it for you. You’ll need to be intentional with your time to get the most benefit.
But don’t worry! You can do it! (And keep in mind you can outsource the parts you’d rather not do). You’ve already got the necessary prerequisite traits to succeed. You’ve got skills and talents that have gotten you this far in life and they’ll help you as you take on homeschooling, too!
If you’re considering homeschooling, check out my book, Think About Homeschooling: What It Is, What It Isn’t, & Why It Works. In it, I dispel common misconceptions about home education that might be holding you back. I explore the three key benefits of educating your kids at home (including time) and share why it works for so many families!
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