If you spend any time around homeschoolers, the inevitable question comes up: “Why did you choose to homeschool?” The question can take many forms: “So what’s your story?” “Did you send your kids to school?” “Are you believers?” Ok, maybe the last question isn’t exactly what people say, but it does come up. This isn’t a secular vs Christians post by any means, but wanting to teach your children Christian values is a main reason many families choose to homeschool.
However, it isn’t for our family. We, like so many others, homeschool because it is the right fit for our family. We enjoy the freedom of scheduling, curriculum, and teaching our kids what we think they need to learn in order to face the big bad world out there.
In fact, I think homeschooling is so awesome that I think many more families should do it! Think I’m crazy? Here are my 5 reasons we homeschool and you think you should too!!
Homeschooling is an amazing way of living the mantra “Family first.” You spend more time with your family. Your day-to-day life revolves around your family and your schedule. You make decisions on a daily basis on what is best for your family. “What books should we get from the library this week?” “Will my kid actually sit through this play?” “My kids sleep till 8 so an activity has to be pretty awesome to cut short their sleep ;)” Your children’s educational journey is centered around your own family. It’s pretty awesome!
The amount of choices can be overwhelming at times: curriculum, enrichment activities, screen time, co-ops, the list could go on forever. But what it boils down to is that you dictate the pace of your children’s schooling. If a curriculum doesn’t work, you can find a new one. If your child has a different learning style than his or her siblings, you can make an adjustment so all your children are able to learn best. Your children’s educational journey is centered around your choices.
Oh my gosh the flexibility is amazing! If your child is sick you don’t have to agonize over whether to send them to school. You can start your school work and see how they feel. You get to vacation in the off-season. School time isn’t just 8-3 Monday through Friday, You get to “do school” or take time off whenever you want! Some much of a child’s learning is based on “the readiness factor.” They may read at a Kindergarten level but can do fourth grade math. Being flexible allows you to accommodate each child. Your children’s educational journey is centered around their schedule.
Christian or secular, values differ from one family to the next. If you have different values than the “mainstream,” I don’t need to tell you how hard it is to keep it from infiltrating your kids. Some may see this as controlling or sheltering kids, but I see it as focusing on the positives. I’m freeing my kids from negative peers, negative information, and negative behavior. At least on a daily basis. My kids aren’t kept in a closet. We still go out and have negative interactions: loud kids at the library, several tormentors at the pool, kids acting up at activities. Another huge value argument is you don’t need to teach your kids what schools believe needs to be taught. If you value history, art, and nature, your kids may not be getting the education you feel they deserve. This is not a condemnation of schools, it’s just a glimpse into the way some homeschoolers think. Your children’s educational journey is centered around your values.
Self directed learning
I think all parents can agree we want our kids to grow up and find work in what they are passionate about, whether it be art, transportation, medicine, manufacturing, ministry, etc. We want our children to be happy, productive members of society. Self directed learning is an awesome way to foster this. Young adults often don’t know what they want to do because they have never be allowed to explore academia beyond math, science, and reading. Your children’s educational journey is centered around YOUR CHILDREN!
I will close my 5 reasons for homeschooling with our homeschool motto: “Kids will tell you what they want to learn. They want to learn, just not bullshit.” Jim Breuer. The comedian Jim Breuer inspired us to consider homeschooling in the first place, and I am so glad we have. Our kids are being educated the way we see fit, according to our values, their learning styles, their readiness, and their interests.