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What are the benefits to homeschooling a child who is already the top of his class and enjoys school?

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Your child will be free to move at his or her own pace. When my parents first pulled me out of public school in the second grade, any worries they had that they might not be doing the right thing dissipated when I flew through a reading textbook in three weeks that my peers were using for the ENTIRE YEAR. This was 18 years ago, when homeschooling was not nearly as popular as it is now, but my parents quickly realized that they were now free to encourage my learning in a way they simply weren't before. When I finished reading Anne Frank, my mother was able to take me to the Holocaust Museum and let me go more in depth on a topic I was suddenly hungry to know more about. That would not have been possible if I was still in public school. If nothing else, homeschooling gives you a better opportunity to be the strongest influence and model of ethics and behavior in your child's life, which is often not the case with school-taught children who are visually and audibly assaulted daily with a parade of negative and inappropriate behavior from their peers.

We have homeschooled our children for several years, and it has been working out great. If the child is interested, there are some upsides to homeschooling. There are the factors of more hands on learning, more field trips, a looser schedule, and a more focused environment. You can do things that are spontaneous. For instance, Jet Blue had a huge special a few months back. We decided to buy tickets, and flew from Florida to New York City. The kids got to go to the Empire State Building, Times Square, the Museum of Natural History, and a couple of other places. We do a lot of field trips that we would not be able to regularly pull them out of school for. We experience very hands on learning. On the other hand, public school is great for some kids. Homeschooling isn't for everyone. If your child is at the top of their class, and enjoying school, you may want to examine why you would consider changing this? Everyone's situation is different. I have two cousins that went to public school. One is now in med school, and the other just graduated as a mechanical engineer. If you are fortunate enough to have a decent public school in your area, and your child is happy and learning, there is nothing wrong with taking advantage of it.

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