Homeschooling is hard. I am not going to lie to you! But homeschooling is much more than educating your children.
Education is important, but it is not the end all be all. Some of you may disagree with me and I am perfectly O.K. with that, but please hear me out.
First thing you should know is that I am a teacher by trade. By this I mean, my degree is in Elementary Education. I have taught and been involved in many different sectors of education. My training and time has gone into being an educator. However, I believe this has been a huge obstacle in my homeschooling journey. Teaching six different levels is much different then a classroom of 30 sixth graders.
It’s through navigating my first couple of years of homeschooling that God really weeded out much of man’s philosophy of education and slowly replaced it with a Biblical perspective of educating my children.
- Note- Please hear my heart. I am not here to tell you that you are doing it wrong or to condemn the decisions you have made for your children. I am, merely, here to give you a fresh perspective. Every single one of us has to make decisions on education for our children and I want you to go in with your eyes open. Blessings to you and your family as you make the hard decisions!
When making decisions on the schooling of your children, here are 9 reasons you should consider homeschooling.
Public School System Behaviors
The first reason you should consider homeschooling, and was the most important reason for me 11 years ago was the behaviors I saw in the public school system.
Having taught and coached in the public school system, I was not about to have my children attend public school. That was completely out of the question. I saw day in and day out what went on in the midst of the school day and I did not want my children exposed and taking part in the attitudes and behaviors that were prevalent in the classroom at that time (that was sixteen years ago). I remember, as a teacher, the behavior issues I had to deal with throughout the day and how much of my time was spent disciplining rather than teaching.
The Agenda of the Government Schools
There is also the issue of what is being taught in the public school system. I wholeheartedly believe that the school system, on a governmental level, has an agenda. They are not teaching our kids how to think, but rather what to think. They believe they should have the final say in the educating of our children, not us as the parent.
If you take a good look at the school system today and the curriculum they are pushing, you will see they are edging the parental involvement out.
I do not want to make decisions based on fear, but I would be lying if I said the thought did not come across my mind. With school shootings on the rise, and bullying at an all time high, I would rather have them safe and secure at home!
Time is Precious
Six to eight hours a day. I cannot even imagine sending my children away from home for six to eight hours every day under the supervision of someone else. Some children actually spend more time away if they have to ride the bus to and fro. Time is short enough already and I want to use every minute wisely. I love just spending time with my kids. For those of you with small children, I know it is hard! I had six kids in nine years, but the old adage “the days are long, but the years are short” rings true. Just remember, “this too shall pass”. Blink! And then they are all grown up.
I believe it is not only my right, but also my responsibility to control who has influence in my children’s life. Influence is a powerful thing. It can build our children up or tear them down. I do not trust every one out there to influence my children for their good. This includes kids, as well as, adults!
Family is a team sport!
Life is about relationships, whether we want to admit it or not. Everything we do in life requires relationship. I want to have the best relationships I possibly can with my children. I have a hard time believing I can do this with them being gone the majority of the day.
I also love the relationships that each of our children have with their siblings. They look out for each other and learn how to resolve conflict in a loving and kind way.
I am so thankful that I get to experience everyday with my kids. I know when they have a great day….because I am there experiencing the day with them. I know when they have a bad day….because I am right there. But do you know what….they know when I have good and bad days too! We know each other and all of our little quirks. Not much takes any of us by surprise.
Here is (now) the number one reason we homeschool. It is really about one thing now and that is discipleship. I love teaching my children about Jesus and how to walk with Him. They see my every downfall, but they also see my every win. It truly is real life discipling. They get to walk through real life experiences and see how mom and dad walk by faith (or not on some days). It’s the rubber meeting the road each and every day. But I love it and wouldn’t have it any other way. My children know me pretty well. And I know them.
Homeschooling gives our family the freedom to do things and go places we would not normally be able to do. We usually take our family vacations either in the late spring or early fall. It also opens opportunities to learn outside of your typical indoor classroom. We love to be outside, even if it is just doing our school work out on the picnic table.
Although, homeschooling is one of the most challenging parts of my day. It is completely worth it in the end, even on those days when I feel like a complete failure….which is often. Those failures are nothing in light of eternity and the relationships I am building with my children each and every day!
Deuteronomy 6:7~ 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.