This is a repost from last year, an oldie but goodie. This still sums up our reasons to homeschool. Why change a good thing?
The beginning of a new school year is always a good time to re-evaluate our homeschooling philosophy and remind myself and my family of why we homeschool.
First, why do we NOT homeschool?
- We do NOT homeschool because it’s cool.
- We do NOT homeschool to hide from the world.
- We do NOT homeschool to brainwash our children.
We homeschool because we love our children and want to invest as much time in their lives as possible. Now, I didn’t say that parents who send their children to a school don’t love their children. So, don’t get your knickers in a wad. We simply believe and are deeply convicted that our job as parents includes being the primary influence in our children’s life. We can’t be the primary influence when a child spends 8 hours in school, maybe 2 or 3 more hours at a daycare, and an hour or so at an evening activity. In that schedule, the parent becomes little more than an overnight babysitter during the week. I can’t imagine having that little interaction with my children. This may sound strange, but I like my kids. I prefer to spend time with them over all other people, with the notable exception of my husband. Of course, I like to have an occasional ladies night with friends, but only about once every few months.
Are my children receiving a good education in homeschool? Well, they can read and write and ‘cipher (math). That’s more than can be some for some kids in school, but I’ll refrain from expounding on my general opinion of public school. Each child receives an hour or so of one-on-one teaching in the morning, then another two hours in the afternoon doing several group subjects. My oldest daughter in junior high then has the responsibility to do additional independent study. We cover geography, history, science, grammar, phonics, reading/literature, spelling, and math. More notably, we don’t learn about alternative lifestyles, vocabulary that consists of mostly four letter words, or sexual development before it’s age appropriate, as in junior high, not kindergarten.
Are my children socialized? Serious eye-rolling here. Really? With all the headlines on bullying, suicide pacts, teen pregnancy, teacher/student liaisons, etc., you would think socialization in public schools should be severely curtailed, rather than homeschoolers being stigmatized for supposedly living in a prison. My children participate in weekly dance and co-op classes. They socialize in groups of different ages, rather than being segregated by age or ability. One has volunteered in a childcare program helping care for toddlers. They have numerous friends with whom they email, talk on the phone, have playdates, and hang out. We rarely go places in public without being complimented on our children’s good behavior, even when we think they were being wild. Perhaps these people too often see children who throw food through dinner or run around the store pulling things off the shelf and are just relieved that someone is still teaching their children manners. In fairness, though, a parent can’t teach manners in an hour or two a day, which is all the time they have if they follow the normal school schedule.
So, why DO we homeschool?
- We homeschool because we love spending time with our children and want to invest in their lives.
- We homeschool because our children receive a quality, individualized education.
- We homeschool because our children can develop in a safe and socially appropriate environment.
Share your reasons for home schooling your children.