The homeschool movement has grown by leaps and bounds over the past 20 years. What leads families to homeschool? There are all kinds of reasons families choose to homeschool.
We thought and prayed about homeschooling our kids for about a year before we started. We had 3 children at the time. The two oldest were finishing up sixth and third grades in public school and I had a two year old at home.
After having worked most of my teen years and through all of my adulthood, I had finally adjusted to being at home everyday, and I loved it. I loved spending my days with my two year old and I loved being at home when the older ones got home from school. What I didn’t love, however, was what I saw happening in the public school system.
*Now, let me stop right here and insert a disclaimer!*
My kids had some great teachers over the years. It’s not the teachers (well, some anyway) that I had so much unrest about, it was what I saw happening in the system itself. Most teachers care deeply about their students and love to see them learn new things. However, I have also heard a lot of teachers express frustration over changes that have been made and many feel that their hands are tied when it comes to teaching their students.
Also, public school teachers have to put up with parents who are not involved or could care less about their kids’ education. I know it has to be tough and disheartening at times. My hat goes off to all you teachers!
With that being said, I also realize that homeschool is not for everyone. I would say that it is not for the faint or weak, but I can become faint and I am weak and have to lean on Christ to get this homeschooling thing done.
In a perfect world, everyone’s home-life would be great with no worries or concerns but that is just not the case. Unfortunately for some children, it is just not in their best interest nor is it safe to stay with their parents all day, public school is the best option for them.
I am also aware that weak excuses can be made for not homeschooling, when it is obvious that it would be in the best interest of the kids.
I said all of that to say this, I am not bashing public schools or those that work in them, and I am not bashing parents who choose not to homeschool. I am, however, going to be honest about why our family has chosen the homeschool path.
Now, on to the reasons we choose to homeschool 🙂
3 Reasons We Homeschool:
1. Our Charge to Teach
I did not like what I saw happening with the public school system, nor did I like the other influences that my kids were exposed to. Even though I tried to stay as involved in their education as possible, I still felt disconnected. With each passing day, as I dropped my kids off at school or saw them get on the school bus, more and more unrest settled in my heart. God gave these children, the most precious gift ever, to me and I was sending them off to be moulded and influenced by a government run facility in which people work who may or may not hold to the values I wanted to teach my kids.
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Deuteronomy 6:6-9 says:
And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.
And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.
It’s mighty hard to do that when your kids are gone for 8 plus hours 5 days a week and being inundated with teachings contrary to God’s Word.
Teaching our children a worldview from a biblical standpoint became necessary to us.
2. Learn and Think Outside the Box
There were other reasons we chose to homeschool as well. We wanted to give our kids a chance to learn and think outside of the box, you know, that box that everyone is put in and expected to do everything the same way.
This really hit home for my husband. He has ADD and a mild case of dyslexia. He really struggled with this in elementary school. He just could not learn the same way as everyone else, yet he was expected to. And when he could not get certain concepts in a certain way, he was told by one of his teachers that he was stupid and would never amount to anything (yes, this actually happened in elementary school, so don’t think that your kids would never be talked to this way, it does happen).
There were probably a lot of positive things that happened to him in school, but you know what, this is what stands out the most for him. He said that from that point on he just gave up. He became the class clown. He realized that he was good at making people laugh, so that’s what he did. Even to this day, if he can make you laugh, he feels that he has accomplished something. This brings him much joy. This also makes for very few dull moments around our house! (And I couldn’t be happier about that!)
Another reason was our schedule. My kids were gone to school all day only to come home and do hours of homework. I had to try to teach them concepts that they did not fully understand at school and of course the way I taught them was different from what they were taught at school so that just added to the confusion.
I knew there had to be another way!
After much research, seeking the Lord’s will and talking to those in our community who homeschooled, we took the plunge and began our walk down this homeschool path.
The reasons above are the main reasons we began homeschooling. Things have not always been perfect for us and I have not always perfectly homeschooled, after all, I am perfectly imperfect. Doubts and fears have crept in over the years but I fully trust God to lead us on this path. We will begin our eighth year of homeschool this year and have many more years ahead. I’m still learning to lean on Jesus and trying to enjoy every day that I can.
You may find this post linked here.
Do you homeschool? Do any of these reasons to homeschool resonate with you?
What are your reasons for choosing to or not to homeschool? I would love to hear your feedback in the comments below…