We believe it’s truly what God desires for our family and, even though that would be enough to convince us to follow through, we are so blessed to have so many additional reasons why we love it!
Here are some of those reasons, in no particular order:
1. There is so much more choice available to homeschool families than is available in an average public school system. Education isn’t one-size-fits-all.
2. My children thrive at home in their regular surroundings.
3. Michael and I were both public schooled and I can attest to how incredibly difficult it was for me. High school was brutal and I experienced way too much of “life” and things that teenagers should not be exposed to or involved in.
4. God gave us these blessings to nurture and instill in them His Word and His ways and all of the other life skills necessary to lead productive lives and be an integral part of society and spread the Good News. 18 years just doesn’t seem long enough to accomplish all of this when so many hours are spent away from home (at school) during the majority of those years. Homeschooling offers us a way to integrate it all together for a complete education.
5. We have SO much fun!
6. We are not tied to a typical daily school schedule (though we do typically follow a schedule). I don’t have to work appointments around a child’s school schedule or when I can pick them up, etc. Instead, we work our school schedule around whatever outside appointments we might have.
7. Our vacations or family trips aren’t dictated by the school holiday schedule. We school year-round, which allows us the ability to schedule our vacations and trips during non-peak times or whenever we desire.
8. We can do our school work outside if we so choose!
9. My children can ask all sorts of questions regarding anything they are curious about, anytime they choose and we can look those things up and learn more about them on the internet or in our books. Most things in life turn into teaching experiences and fuel my childrens’ desire for more knowledge.
10. I am learning a lot about myself and re-educating myself in many areas and I’m having so much fun at the same time.
11. I love that my 6 year old, who would be in kindergarten if he were in public school, can work at his own pace. For us, this means he is almost half-way through his 1st grade math curriculum kindergarten phonics/basic reading and writing. But, in other areas he is working at grade level.
12. Currently, it takes us about 3 hours to complete school work. Compare that to the 7-8 hours most children spend away from home and then the amount of homework they still have to accomplish in the evening.
13. Homeschooling is portable. We are moving overseas soon and prior to that we will be visiting my family in Florida for approximately 5 weeks. There is no extra planning needed to school while we’re away, or to pick back up once we move. No racing to get ahead on the assignments or cramming to catch back up after a vacation. We simply, steadily move along.
What about you? What is your schooling choice for your children? If you are a homeschooler, I would love to hear more about “why.”
Note: I realize that homeschooling is not the proper choice for everyone. I am not against public or private schools. These are simply the choices my MY family has made and some of the reasons why. Whether you homeschool or not, I hope you have learned a little more about why it’s the choice many families make. Also, I am NOT an expert, my oldest is only 6 and I’ve only been at this a little over a year, but have already seen so many benefits, that I’m now a huge believer!
If you’re not a homeschooling family, I encourage you to read this post by Cheryl from Somewhat Crunchy. It’s a little insight into how others’ misunderstanding of what homeschooling truly is can affect us as homeschooling families.