So…… Why do I homeschool? Before I had children I would have never thought I would have be a homeschooling mama. I had never even heard of homeschooling as a child or as a young adult. When our 1st child was around the age of 2 I met some homeschool moms. They educated me what homeschooling was all about. It was something that I definitely wanted to try. Why did I want to try it?
1) The first and foremost reason is God. I believe God put the women mentioned above in my life to educate me about homeschooling. Firming believing that God has called me to homeschool. There are days I want to throw in the towel and then I quickly remember that is not His will for my family. It is about obedience.
When I went to school our principle lead prayer over the intercom system each morning. Now you can’t even pray in school. Not only do I want to begin our homeschooling day with prayer but I want their daily education to be Christ centered. The curriculum I have chosen in our homeschooling is Biblical based.
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.
How can I teach my kids properly if they are not with me all day and I do not all their comings and goings?
2) A little about our public school system in the county we live in two words — OVER CROWDED! I know I went to school here! When I went to school they were over crowded then and had portable classrooms and many years later they are just as bad. The teacher child ratio is not enough. There are too many students in one class room with only one teacher. Teachers are having to spend time correcting behavioral issues and children are not getting the full teaching they need. What about a child that is having difficulty in their academics, they are not getting it and falling through the cracks of the school system? Some children are needing more one on one.
3) Our schools here teach things that I do not agree with: sex education in Kindergarten! Why do I want a stranger teaching my children that? At the age of five my daughter does not know anything about sex let alone same sex marriage? Personally I believe that is the parent’s responsibility. What happened to teaching geography and cursive, that is not taught in the elementary schools either.
4) Kids grow so fast and they are so impressionable at an early age. I find homeschooling a great opportunity for – character building, family time, Spiritual and it can be fun! The world is so busy, kids are sent to school all day and parents are getting home late and not getting to spend the time with their kids like they would want to. I really do not want to miss anything because before I know it they will be grown and out of the house. I do not want to look back when they are grown and regret that I only got to spend 3 hours with them a day. It does take a bit of sacrifice with my husband working and living on one income, not living beyond our means but we find it well worth it. There is little me time but there will be plenty of that when they are grown, everything is for a season. Right now it’s their time.
5) Academically homeschoolers typically rate 37% points higher than public school students. I am not trying to sound prideful and I am not saying my kids are more intelligent than a public school child but the average homeschool 8th grade student performs four grade levels above the national average (Rudner study). The great thing about homeschool is that I can teach subjects and teach at the right pace for each of my children. As mentioned before giving them the one on one attention. For instance my oldest son is not good in math so my husband sits with him every night and reviews his daily math with him as well as doing drills, etc. with him that he just would bot get in a public school setting. Not only that but I can tailor my curriculum to their needs.
6) I want to know how my children are socializing with. I want to immerse my children around families that I know and will be good for them now and in the long run. In a school I would not know who they are hanging around and what they are doing. My kids friends, their parents are my friends as well. I look for them to be around like minded families.
1 Corinthians 15:33
Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”
7) I have seen first hand what peer pressure can do and I know that they need to make mistakes to learn from them. I would hate for them to make the same mistakes I made as a child because I did not have a Christian upbringing. Mistakes I regret till this day but learning from them as a mom. The peer pressure of make-up, modesty, etc. Wanting to do it because so and so does it. I want to preserve my children’s innocence as long as I can. Not to mention thankfully I do not have to deal with getting 5 kids up super early to get them to school, packing lunches, school uniforms, etc.
These are all my family’s reasons. Everyone has their own convictions. I know homeschooling is not for everyone but it is for us. (please be respectful, these reasons are why we homeschool, I understand not everyone may agree with them but it is what is on our hearts)
(please be respectful with your comments, these reasons are why we homeschool, I understand not everyone may agree with them but it is what is on our hearts)