The Top Five Reasons I Homeschool

And probably always will

Kathy Copeland Padden
4 min readAug 3, 2022


One-on-one attention. Can’t beat that

In the interest of full disclosure, just the thought of homeschooling before 2020 gave me hives. I never gave it any serious consideration. I sent my grandson off to school every day, then I’d write, clean, or run errands. It was my time, and I guarded it jealously. Being a loner, the idea of spending 24/7 with anyone, even my best buddy, was akin to torture.

But I was wrong. Not only do I not hate it, most days I actually enjoy it. I love being immersed in my grandson’s education firsthand. I love having him around.

I had many factors to consider when exploring my homeschool options. It was not a decision I made lightly. I carefully weighed the pros and cons of sending my grandson back to traditional school versus keeping him home and overseeing his education myself.

At least for us, the pros of homeschooling far outweighed the pros of in-person schooling. I know I made the right choice, and we’re sticking with the program.

Here are the top five reasons I decided to take the plunge into homeschooling.


This was my absolute first consideration when I decided to homeschool my grandson. In their infinite wisdom, our school district closed our beautiful school in town and shipped all our kids to a one-hundred-year-old crowded school with poor ventilation. Makes sense during a pandemic. It’s also forty minutes away, meaning most kids sit on the bus for over two hours on top of six at school.

The route is one of our most treacherous roads, especially in winter (we live in a very rural area.) My grandson has asthma, and having him so far away is completely unacceptable. I chose not to send him to the germ factory of public school.

There’s also the horrific specter of school shootings in this country. Seems there’s one almost every day now. These tragedies can occur at any school, at any time. If I can reduce my wee fellow’s risk of being gunned down at school to zero, I’m damn well gonna do it.

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Kathy Copeland Padden

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