I was recently challenged by a not-so-nice person on why we homeschool and felt the need to defend myself. I was a bit flabbergasted and taken a back so wasn’t able to formulate into words why we homeschool. I know in my head why we homeschool but was so flummoxed that I think the person felt a bit superior as they walked away.
I’m the type of person that replays confrontations in my head afterwards with everything I SHOULD have said and now that I’ve had a bit of time to mull it over I can tell you EXACTLY why we homeschool!
First and foremost I will tell you that I am in no way judgmental of any other family and how they choose to school their children. That is your decision and yours alone. You do what works for you and what’s best for you family. There is no one recipe that fits everyone.
So, here’s why we homeschool MOST of our children (our oldest is actually a sophomore at the local high school).
1. I know my children better than anyone else does. I know their strengths and weaknesses. i know their learning styles. i know when they’re excelling and when they’re struggling. I can read their faces & posture with a glance. I can teach to that better than anyone else can.
2. They’re my children. I feel very strongly that they were given to us and that we’re responsible for them. I know that someday I will answer to the LORD for how they were raised and I want to be able to answer for that. I don’t want someone else to have them 8 hours a day.
3. I’d to speak into their lives. As with the above statement, I’d like to speak into my child’s life. I don’t feel like my 11 year old son’s main influence’s should be his peers. Maybe I just opened up the whole socialization can, but I think that argument is frankly bunk. There is nothing wrong with having well rounded children who have adults speak into their lives as influences just as much as peers. There is nothing wrong with socialized children and I am in no way trying to raise my children in a bubble. My kids have plenty of outside influences. They play sports, they play with neighbor kids. We have church activities and family friends, I have a huge fun-loving dysfunctional family. My point is that I like to speak into their lives as a main influence.
4. School isn’t just book studies. We learn in so many ways in our home, school is constant. We learn values and life lessons. We learn homekeeping and life skills. We learn in intentional and unintentional ways. I love that we’re learning outside of a classroom, I love that we aren’t stuck in books.
5. I can teach in different styles. My children learn in different ways. They all study the same topic but because we have the ability to study the topic with my visual learner and auditory learner and kinesthetic learner in different ways, it makes an impact. I love learning alongside them as well.
6. There are no boundaries. We can be delight driven. While this doesn’t happen as often as I’d like, we can rabbit trail off and discover new things just because we want to.
7. Lastly, I just LOVE my kids and simple put DESIRE to be with them. i miss them when they are gone.
With all of that said, we prayerfully evaluate every year each and every one of our children and what’s best for the coming year. There are no guarantees that all four will homeschool all the way through high school. We felt it was the best for my oldest to attend the local public high school last year as a freshman and after prayerfully considering it, made the decision that she will continue this year. Please feel free to respond, and I welcome your comment, but please be kind and respectful.