30 Aug Why on Earth do we Homeschool?
I often get asked the question, “Why do you homeschool?” So, before I get too far along in my blogging, I want to pause for a second and share with you the birth of this homeschooling thing.
If you would have asked my husband and I before we had children if we’d ever consider homeschooling, our words would have simultaneously been “Never!” When I was pregnant with my son, we again confirmed with one another that we would never homeschool for many reasons. If I can be totally transparent, here’s a short list to name a few:
- We were focused on making money to enjoy life and provide for our family.
- Homeschooled kids are weird.
- Homeschooled kids lack social and life skills.
- I lack patience.
- Nobody has time for all that!
This was OUR perception of homeschooling and not based off of any real evidence. It was just our preconceived and totally inadequate notion.
When did this change?
After having our first child, I was placed in a situation in which I worked very closely with many different school districts. Consequently, I was able to see some behind the scenes work (some awesome, others not so great), and slowly my ideas of public school began to change. I forgot to mention, I am the product of the public school system (not so bad!), and my husband is the product of the private school system (I guess he’s alright too!). One day after working, I came home and shared my usual school district happenings. I then asked my husband if he’d ever consider homeschooling. I thought I was tripping and just needed him to confirm this. But to my surprise, he told me for some reason he’d been contemplating this.
Wow! What do we do now?
Because this was HUGE for us, we began praying and researching more about homeschooling. We attended the Great Homeschool Convention, spoke with homeschooling parents and children (veterans and newbies), and read up on the latest in homeschooling. After a lot of fervent praying and weighing the pros versus the cons, we finally made the decision to homeschool.
What sealed the deal?
As a result of prayer and research, here are some reasons why we decided homeschooling was best for our family:
- God’s leading and our desire to obey.
- This was part of our calling, to “Train up [our children] in the way [they] should go, and when [they] are old [they] will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)
- Growing up, we learned a lot from our peers and instead wanted to be our children’s primary influence.
- We wanted our children to love learning, enjoy being creative, and use their imagination as long as possible.
- Ability to ensure mastery of a subject matter, go at the right pace for each child, have one-on-one teachings, and tailor our curriculum to their needs.
Homeschool Vision Statement:
To teach our children to bring glory and honor to Christ by doing what is Godly and right spiritually (in favor with God), academically (in wisdom), socially (in favor with men), and physically (in stature).
- Raising children who love and have a relationship with God
- Encouraging them to faith
- Teaching them to love others
- Equipping them for the work God will call them to do for His kingdom
- Motivating them to love learning and be imaginative, creative, respectful, and humble
If homeschooling is your family’s calling, be encouraged to obey. If this is not your calling, walk obediently in whatever direction God is calling you and your family.