Why We Homeschool

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Someone recently asked me why we homeschool.  This is what I told her.

I was trained as a teacher in college.  I didn’t find a position right out of school, so I went to work in insurance.  When my first son was born, after much prayer and many discussions with my husband, we decided that I’d be a stay-at-home mom until he started school.

As school age approached, I became aware of homeschooling through Dr. James Dobson’s Focus on the Family radio program and through some books that crossed my path. After research and prayer, my husband and I became convicted that it was God’s will for our family to homeschool.  My son also had some special needs that we felt could be handled best in a home environment.  We’ve been homeschooling since 1995.

So, here are some of our reasons:

1.  We believe that God gave us, as parents, the responsibility to teach and train our children.

2.  We believe that we are to protect the innocence of our children as well as physically protect our children.

3.  We believe our family is closer because we live life together on a daily basis.

When our family grew, our little school did as well. I’ve found that there are some advantages:

1.  Learning takes place at each child’s pace rather than trying to keep up with a class or wait for a class.

2.  Children thrive with individual attention.

3.  Negative influences from peers are limited.

4.  I can teach them truth from God’s Word as absolute truth.  All other subjects, especially science, are viewed from that biblical perspective.

5.  My children are better socialized than school children.  They know how to interact with adults and children well.  Homeschool groups and church provide playmates.

6.  They have more time for following individual interests.  One of my daughters writes worship songs and participates on our worship and dance teams at church.  One of my sons is teaching himself to make knives and raises animals.  My youngest enjoys sewing and crafts.

7.  They’re not afraid of speaking in front of people.


8.  Homeschooling works well for families that have fathers who work unusual hours as well.

These are some reasons we homeschool; but, ultimately, we homeschool because that is what God called us to do.
You can find more information about homeschooling at http://hslda.org. That’s the Homeschool Legal Defense Association.Blessings from Harvest Lane Cottage,

Laura

 

This is reprinted from my other blog, Harvest Lane Cottage.

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A Lovely Snowy Morning

20Good morning!  We’re having a lovely snowy morning here in Southwest Missouri.  I was planning to go to my Quilting Circle today, but the snow has made other plans for me. ~smile~ I do love a snowy day, but wish I were with my quilting friends.

So, what shall I do?

~ Sort and organize books for homeschooling next year

~ Sew a bit

~ Some read aloud

~ Soup for supper

Oh there are so many possibilites on a snow day!

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One thing’s for sure, it will be a day to keep the old wood stove going!

Laura

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Today’s the Day!

Today’s the day!  My oldest is 17.  That just doesn’t compute in my little old brain.  I think of myself at 17.  I was crazy in love with my husband-to-be.  I was starting college.  I was going to be a professional.  I just didn’t know what! 

I never in a million years would have believed that I would marry my high school sweetheart (in Oklahoma City) , move to a small town,  have four count them four children, homeschool, be my husband’s help meet, learn to be as thrifty and frugal as I can, and long for country life!  Nope!  Never would I have believed it!  I’d have looked at you like you were nuts and run!

I remember going through premarital counseling with my honey.  The pastor asked if we were going to have children.  We looked at each other.  We hadn’t even thought about kids.  So, we said maybe one or two.  (We later became confirmed one child parents; but that’s another story!)  Next, Pastor asked us if I was planning to work (teaching) after we had children.  I said yes.  He said, “What could be more important than teaching your own children?”  I just stared at him!  Little was I to know that this man, with four children, had just prophesied over my life!!!!!!

Well, all that’s HIStory now.  God is perfectly able to change our hearts and change our lives when we ask for HIS perfect will!

Well, I must get busy and help my 17 year old have a happy birthday. 

God bless & have a terrific weekend!

Laura

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