We no longer live in the times where homeschoolers are out of the norm. There are more families each day starting this path to homeschool their children. There are many reasons families opt to homeschool their children, and each of us feels confident that it’s the best decision for our child. Outsiders do wonder about the college acceptances of homeschool children; it seems it’s hard to know for sure if colleges are as accepting of this “new” approach to education or not. Even though it’s not very new at all. I am happy to say that many colleges love homeschoolers and today I wanted to share a few reasons why colleges love literature based homeschooling.
Colleges Love Literature Based Homeschooling
Reasons Colleges Love Literature Based Homeschooling
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Excellent Independent Study Skills
Most colleges know that homeschool students have grown more accustomed to being pros at independent learning. A homeschooler will often have to use their resources and learn things on their own time versus those students in a brick and mortar school setting. Literature-based homeschoolers have more freedom to develop independent study skills that work for their personality and abilities which only encourage more success at the college level.
Homeschoolers Can Be Better Team Players
No, I am not talking about sports here. Literature-based homeschooling helps develop a necessary skill of collaboration that comes into play at the college level. Rather than learning in an environment that seems to put more emphasis on individual success, literature-based homeschoolers will head to college with a deeper understanding of the importance of collaboration with their peers. This is because homeschoolers aren’t spoon-fed their education, and must think more openly.
Not to mention a lot of homeschool families have children at different ages learning and working together. Therefore they are accustomed to learning with others regularly.
Raising Creative Thinkers
Everyone has heard that literature helps broaden your mind. Many avid book readers will tell you that the simple act of reading one book per week will help widen your vocabulary skills and enhance your creative mind. Literature-based homeschoolers tend to think outside of the box for solutions and colleges have seen enough homeschool students now that they appreciate and understand this benefit to accepting homeschoolers into their university.
Not to mention children that read a lot while their homeschooled will naturally be more prepared for college reading assignments.
More Time for Extra Curricular Activities
Colleges like to see that students can have an interest beyond just school. With traditional school systems, children often lack time to dive deep into extra-curricular activities that they’re passionate about. Or often have to choose between activities due to homework time that’s needed.
A child who’s homeschooling will often have that extra time to invest in extra-curricular activities that they’re passionate about and it looks great on a college application. This shows that the student has an interest in being involved in the community, extra activities and events more than just coursework at college.
Recently I read an article by Sarita (Co-founder and president of Sonlight Curriculum) that said
“One of the reasons I designed a literature-based homeschool model is this: when you read quality literature aloud, you get a big boost of character, relational bonding, and academic value in one fell swoop.” – Sarita Holzmann
I love that! Don’t you?
There you have it several reasons why colleges love literature based homeschoolers. The lack of open doors for homeschoolers has dramatically minimized as more colleges around the world can see the impact of a homeschool education. These children who are taught with a literature rich curriculum tend to retain more information, have a fun relaxed personality (I added that in ;), be open-minded and have a deeper appreciation of community.
Literature-based homeschooling is about a connection and a true love for learning that lasts way beyond College.
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