Why do you homeschool? Any of us who homeschool have probably been asked this question more than once. Your reasons may be different from mine but here are my top 10. There are loads more than that, but here’s the short list!
1. I’m doing God’s will for my children. It would be rather difficult to follow his command to teach them diligently when they rise up, sit down, and lie down if I’m not with them the vast majority of the time.
2. I want my husband & I to be their main influence. I also want their siblings to be their best friends. Its not that I don’t love other people or think that their influence could possibly be valuable but I know that God put our children with us for us to have the most influence and impact on their lives. I want to pass on my values to them, and not let someone else pass on their (perhaps godless) values to them.
3. There is no neutral education. All of life is either God-centered or man-centered. As Israel Wayne put it, if a pie is cherry, every piece has to be cherry also. And’s that is how I view their education. I want it to be completely God-centered, not just a small part on Sunday morning or in nighttime prayers. I want them to learn Reading, Math, History, Science & everything else through the lenses of Biblical Christianity.
4. I enjoy being with them & watching them learn & grow! Its so much fun to watch them playing with each other. That’s something that would be in short commodity if they weren’t here with me all day! I get to be the one who teaches them to read, count and learn about dinosaur classification. I get to look under the microscope or search for fossils with them!
5. I can protect them. No I can’t protect them from everything. But I can protect them from a lot. They won’t learn dirty jokes in 1st grade, see porn by 2nd grade and sext by 5th grade. They won’t get pushed around and bullied nor will they be allowed to be the bully. They won’t get made fun of for their earnest and honest faith in God and they won’t be a loner or outsider for standing up for their beliefs.
6. I can tailor their learning methods just for them. There are no cookie-cutter children and therefore no cookie-cutter learning methods truly work well. My oldest despises twaddle reading books and has no interest in learning with Mat sat on a cat. So we had to get creative and that’s perfectly doable at home!
7. I can correct character issues as they crop up. (which they do frequently). They can learn gentleness, kindness and patience with their brothers and sisters & Mom & Dad.
8. There is no worry about schedules. We can go to the chiropractor on Tuesday, visit Grama on Thursday and field trips on Fridays if we want to. There is no big issue if someone’s sick, no missed schoolwork and no make-up days for snow.
9. They get to spend loads of time outdoors! This is super important to me. As kids spend less and less time outdoors and less time active our children are suffering from this. My kids get to stay outside for hours each day, climbing trees, riding bikes, chasing puppies, running through mud and getting thoroughly dirty.
10. They get to spend more time with Daddy! Daddy has Fridays off so they get 3 whole days to spend with him, which usually results in field trips and float trips. Another plus is they’ll get to go hunting any and every day they want to!
So there you have it; my top 10 reasons! What are yours? Have they changed? I know mine have! May the Lord bless your weekend & I would encourage you, if you aren’t currently homeschooling, why not check it out and see what kinds of blessings it can bring to your family!