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