Why Do I Homeschool? | My Reasons for Choosing Home Education

by Tabitha @ Saving Toward A Better Life on July 13, 2014 · 2 comments

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Why Do I Homeschool? | My Reasons for Choosing Home Education

I remember one day, when Bug was just a tiny little infant. thinking, I have 5 years to figure out how we can make homeschooling a reality.

Well, long story short, we did.  But why, 5 years ago, did I feel an overwhelming need to make this happen for my child?

1. My son is a gift from God.

> Behold, children are a gift of the Lord; the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; they shall not be ashamed when they speak with their enemies in the gates.  Psalm 127:3-5

Children are a gift of the Lord.  When someone gives you a precious gift, do you send it to someone else to take care of?

2. It is MY job to train, teach, admonish, encourage and discipline my child in a way that is pleasing to God.

> Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.  Proverbs 22:6

> These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.  Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  Deuteronomy 6:6-7

I’m sure that many could argue that you can train up a child in the way he should go and impress God’s commandments on your children and send them to public school.   But I would rather not spend my time “undoing” what my child hears and sees at school every day.  Young children are impressionable and they need to be in a positive environment and well grounded in Biblical instruction before released in the world.  The “if you don’t send them to public school they can’t practice their faith” argument doesn’t apply to 5 and 6 year olds.

> Be not deceived, bad company corrupts good morals. 1 Corinthians 15:33

He who walks with wise men, will be wise but a companion of fools will suffer harm. Proverbs 13:20

3.  Academic education is important but it’s foundation needs to be in Biblical principles.

> The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. Proverbs 1:7

Knowledge comes from God.

> These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.  Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  Deuteronomy 6:6-7

I know I used Deuteronomy 6:6-7 above but it’s worth mentioning again.   We are to instruct our children in God’s laws all the time.   That means teaching Biblical truths in science and history, finding God’s perfect order in mathematics, teaching civic, social and community duties based on God’s laws for our lives and learning to read God’s Word.  You won’t find Biblical inclusion in subjects taught in public school.

I found a very good quote in an article I was reading.

There is no such thing as a neutral, secular education. Any education that does not put God at the forefront is anti-God.

http://www.wordofhisgrace.org/shouldyoubehomeschooling.htm

4.  Homeschooling provides opportunities for better socialization.

loathe the stigma that homeschooled children are awkward, unsocialized “weirdos”.   How did children “socialize” before the public education system began?  Are we saying that centuries of children were “unsocialized”?

My son has never set foot in a public school yet he takes archery lessons, plays soccer, and takes karate.  Does that sound unsocialized to you?

Homeschooled children are out in the real world.   Think about it, they are seeing mom and dad out in the real world with them.  Homeschooling moms most likely have to take their children with them on errands that a lot of parents do while their kids are in school or after school programs.  The kids are grocery shopping, going to the bank, visiting the post office and learning how these things work to make the world go ’round.  Not just hearing about them in lessons.

“Socialization is actually meant to prepare children for the real world, which means learning to interact and deal with people of all ages, races, and backgrounds,” says Diane Flynn Keith. “In this case, homeschooling actually does a better job of this because homeschoolers spend more actual time out in society.”

Research supports this.  According to Home Schooling and the Question of Socialization by Richard G. Medlin, “Home-schooled children are taking part in the daily routines of their communities. They are certainly not isolated; in fact, they associate with–and feel close to–all sorts of people.”

http://www.homeschool.com/articles/socialization/  (I would recommend reading this whole article.  I wanted to quote every word of it.)

The notion that children must be in room with 30 other children the same age with one older authority figure in order to be “socialized” is crazy.   We are expecting our children to learn their social skills and emotional control from other children who are also still learning how to behave properly and control their emotions.  Does that sound like it’s going to foster appropriate emotions?

Anyone who watches school bus socialization or cafeteria interaction or children on a playground begins to question the kinds of social skills which are being learned. These children are left to learn from each other appropriate social behavior and healthy responses to emotions, but all are equally as uneducated in this field and cannot provide what each other need. Unfortunately, the negative socialization that takes place in the larger “school” environment is often destructive and parents must spend time retraining their children after long exposure to it. Meanness, teasing, gossip, rudeness, peer pressure and other destructive social skills contribute to negative socialization.

Colleges and universities now are seeking those who have been homeschooled and are even offering scholarships to them, in part because of the superior social skills these children demonstrate. Instead of becoming social misfits, as some have feared might happen, these children have become the leaders and social examples, desirable models for society in general.

http://www.homeschool-life.com/sysfiles/member/custom_public/custom.cfm?memberid=475&customid=4446

5.  Homeschooled children are confident and motivated.

Home instruction gives your the opportunity to build your child’s self-esteem (without worrying about it being wrecked every day they head to school).  It also gives them the opportunity to pursue topics and work on projects that interest them.  Homeschooling produces self-motivated, independent learners.   When someone has control over their day, their education, their life from an early age, they can develop passions and pursue them.  Instead of being forced to sit in a seat and conform to a mold.

6. Homeschool is a better use of time.

Homeschool instruction takes less time that “in school” instruction.  How long are kids in public school every day?  8:00-3:00?  That’s 7 hours.  We can complete a homeschool day in less than 4.  That’s math, reading, art, music, science, writing, Bible lessons and all.  Think about how much time is wasted at public school waiting on other classmates to finish assignments or for the teacher to go over something yet again that your child has already mastered?  Or how about waiting in line – to go to the bathroom, to eat lunch, for a turn in the computer lab, for the bus – all of this is eliminated in a home school setting.  Leaving more time for playing and exploring outside, constructive play inside, art, extra projects and quality time together.

7.  With every passing day, the public school system becomes more and more regulated by the federal government…

…and if you’re like me, you don’t feel like the government has the best interests of our children or any good intentions in mind.

Don’t get me wrong – there are a lot of great teachers out there.  But there are a lot of bad teachers out there too.  And even the good ones sometimes have a tough time doing their job because of government involvement.  Many of them do the best with what they have to work with.    And I do appreciate the good teachers out there.

8.  Homeschooling is safer.

With bullies, school shootings, teachers having relationships with students, don’t you just feel so much safer with your kids at home with you???   Many would argue that this is over-protective.  But I disagree.  MY child, MY job to ensure his safety….especially in instances where others can NOT ensure his safety.

And finally…one reason I left out when I originally wrote this article…

9.  Homeschooling is right for MY child.

I see it every day – that this is right for him.  I see it when he’s getting frustrated with counting money so we put it on the back burner for a few days and start fresh later.  I see it when he breezes through patterns and 1-5 addition facts and is happy to move on to something more challenging.  I see it in the way his eyes light up when I tell him that yes, he CAN pick the next science topic and we have to make two trips to the library in one week for all the books on sharks and whales that they have.

I see it in his apprehensiveness towards our co-op group.  And I’m reassured that “throwing him to the wolves” on the first day of school would not have “helped” his anxiety.  That his fear of change, the unknown, crowded spaces and lots of noises are real.  Going to co-op is the BEST thing we could have done for his anxiety.  It’s allowed him to take baby steps towards new things.

And I see it when he lets down his “big boy” guard and crawls in my lap at the end of the day and says, “I just love these days.”  <3  I do too, Bug.  I surely do.

Those are my reasons for considering homeschooling.  What are your reasons?

Here’s a great list too!

You might also want to read: Homeschooling | Dear Teachers, It’s Not Personal

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1 Amy July 15, 2014 at 9:08 am

This is gonna be my first year homeschooling a 9,
12,15,and 17 year old. My kids went to a private christian
School and it is a great school but we feel a need to keep our
kids closer. All the kids are excited as my husband and I for this new
adventure of homeschooling!!!

2 Tabitha July 15, 2014 at 11:03 am

That is so great! My sister in law will be homeschooling a 13, 10, 8 and 5 year old this year (and she also has a 3 year old and 6 month old). I’m glad to be getting started when I just have one! It’s a lot to get together for one, I can’t imagine trying to do it for 4!

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