Since I get asked quite often, here are three reasons why I homeschool. When other parents ask me why I homeschool, I am usually left stumbling over my words, because my answer may sometimes be taken the wrong way. My reasons for homeschooling is very likely to cause someone else (who doesn’t homeschool) to take offense to my choices. But hear me out.
The Main Reason I Homeschool is Because I Choose Not to Compete With a Secular World.
There are a few different reasons why I homeschool, but the biggest and most important reason is because I choose not to compete with a secular world. What my children may learn on the playground or in the hallways at school is just as important as what they are learning in the classroom. I find it difficult to teach my young, impressionable children to listen to God when the Godless voices around them are so extremely loud. Children want to fit in. They want to be accepted. This can often lead to them making some very poor choices for the sake of fitting in with the crowd, and I am very aware that my children are not immune to this just because we have a Christian home. Homeschooling them allows me to be the one to cultivate their hearts instead of the world.
Some people see this as my children being sheltered. Yes. I admit that I am sheltering my children, and I am not ashamed of that at all. I will continue to shelter them from the ugly things of this world until they have a strong Biblical foundation to be able to fall back on. We get plenty of socialization through outings with other Christian homeschool families and church. Socialization is definitely not lacking in our home. As a parent, I simply choose to be in control of who that socialization takes place with. I choose not to throw my children into battle without the proper training so to speak.
“Some teachers taught the curriculum today. Other teachers taught students today. There’s a big difference.”
Another reason why I homeschool is because of what is being taught in the classroom. I realize that every school district is different, but I have personally seen the school system fail our children. For example: The little girl that we are adopting is currently ten years old and in fifth grade. She spent several years in public school where she managed to pass state testing with flying colors. This precious girl scored well above average in all of her subjects. She began homeschooling with me in fourth grade and I am STILL finding skills that she is lacking in.
My most recent discovery is that she does not know how to tell time. I also learned that she does not know what the months of the year are. This is proof to me that our teachers are being forced to teach children to take a test. This is not their fault. I realize this, but this reminds me of a saying that I saw recently that said, “Some teachers taught the curriculum today. Other teachers taught students today. There’s a big difference.”
Another Reason Why I Homeschool is the Freedom We Have.
Another reason why I homeschool is the freedom that we have. As a homeschool family, this means that we get to skip school on a Wednesday and make it up on a Saturday if we want to. Or if we want to double up for an entire week and then take the next full week off completely, we can! This allows us to nurture our relationships daily, and let’s face it… we take a lot of vacations. I love to long road trips, especially when it leads us to a state park or a national park or monument that I can incorporate into our learning.
Every homeschool parent has their own reasons for homeschooling. We all have to make decisions about our children’s education based on our needs. I know many families who are extremely happy with public school, and I also know many families who wish they could homeschool. Many families choose not to because they also have full time jobs. I am very aware that the only reason that I am able to homeschool the way I do (traveling and all) is because I have a husband who works very hard in order for us to have this freedom. His sacrifice does not go unnoticed.
What about you? Do you homeschool? Private school? Public school? I would love to hear from you. Regardless of your education decisions, we are all moms with a mission… to raise our children to be functioning adults. Right?