The beginning of a new school year is always a good time to re-evaluate our homeschool philosophy and remind myself and my family of why we homeschool. We have three reasons why not to homeschool, and three reasons to homeschool.
Why do we NOT homeschool?
We do NOT homeschool because it’s cool.
When we started homeschooling in 2005, I only knew a few people who had ever homeschooled. It wasn’t unheard of, but I wouldn’t say it was mainstream. That has changed drastically in the last fourteen years.
We do NOT homeschool to hide from the world.
While I set aside at least a half day for school, we do not stay home much. No hiding from society here.
We do NOT homeschool to brainwash our children.
We live out our beliefs in our daily lives. That may look different from other people, but that’s not brainwashing. That’s parenting.
Why DO we homeschool?
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 we don’t spend time more than an hour or two a day with them.
I like my kids. I prefer to spend time with them over all other people, with the notable exception of my husband.
We homeschool because we believe that we can better direct our children’s education in an individualized environment.
Each child receives an hour or so of one-on-one teaching, then another two hours doing several group subjects. My older daughters in high school have additional independent study, as well as homework for their co-op classes.
We homeschool because we believe in socialization.
The socialization comment, alone, makes many a homeschool mom want to throat-punch someone. My homeschooled children are very socialized. In fact, if you met them, you’d wonder if there is anyone they don’t talk to.
We do not live in a prison. My children are involved in extracurricular activities – piano, drama, art, and book clubs. They socialize in groups of different ages at co-op and church. They volunteer at the library and help elderly friends shop, cook and clean. They have numerous friends with whom they email, talk on the phone, have playdates, and hang out.
Socialization is the least of our concerns.
Homeschooling is not something we do on a whim. We homeschool because we’re committed to our children’s future and our family’s bond.
Share your reasons for homeschooling your children.