When September rolls around I plan to begin official home-school for my oldest, who will be 4 in February. Parker has been doing “school pages” for over a year now, and he frequently asks to get out his school books so he can do letters and numbers. Before age 3 he was tracing and singing all his letters and he’s been sounding out words the last couple months. There are things my three year old can’t seem to grasp (like how to get dressed) but school is something we’ve always made fun for him and he seems to be excelling so far.
There are people who have come right out and shared their opinion that homeschooling isn’t the best option, then there are those who haven’t been as bold, but still made that “Are you crazy?!” face when I brought up homeschooling my children. The thing is, I have been thinking about homeschooling since before my babies were born. I’ve put a ton of thought into it, as well as research, and I know it’s the best choice for our family.
My personal reasons why I am choosing to home-school my children:
- First, and foremost, I am their mother and they are my responsibility. I want the best possible life for them, and I know that homeschooling (at least through the early ages) is what will give them the best start they could get.
- I want to be the one raising my children. Between my husband and I, and the family/friends/loved ones we surround our children with, we are the ones who will mold our babies into the little humans they will grow into.
- We can use bible stories and prayer in our lesson plans.
- I believe that at an early age children should be able to learn real life lessons of patience, responsibility and hard work through experiencing day-to-day activities. Incorporating things like raising animals, growing food, budgeting, and caring for siblings into a “lesson plan” will only enrich the child’s views and encourage a deeper connection to learning.
- Too many kids these days are growing up to have bad attitudes, no respect, no sense of self control, no common sense, poor work ethics, and have the mindset that it’s always someone else’s fault. That will not be my children. Being able to homeschool also means being able to discipline when needed and being consistent with punishment. No rebellion around here!
- The fresh air. We can take our learning outside which not only helps encourage their brains to wander and think, and ask questions, but there are a million health benefits to being able to learn outdoors. We are incredibly blessed, as our homeschool/play room has a covered balcony so even on days where it’s not 100% beautiful outside, we can still get the fresh air.
- I get to control what and when my children eat. School food sucks, end of story. Also, I believe in eating throughout the day, every couple hours, and that isn’t allowed in schools. Fueling your body and your brain is important for not just building muscle and creating healthy metabolism, but also for promoting a properly functioning total machine. The healthier your body and brain, they more you will be able to learn and grow.
- I get to be the one who sees the “light bulb” moments. Those times where it just clicks, and your child is so proud of their accomplishment…I want to be there for those times.
- Our family will get to know each other on a deeper level, and we will create bonds and build the most important relationships.
- My gut tells me this is what I need to do. There’s simply no other option for us.
Statistical reasons why I am choosing to home-school my children:
- Home-schooled students score exceptionally high on test scores. The majority of home-schooled students were ranked in the 80th percentile or higher, whereas, those in public schools averaged in the 50th
- Student to teach ration is obviously lower.
- Do you really need more stats than that?!?
Other reasons why I am choosing to home-school my children:
- More play time (and also, play time at such a young age, is learning time)
- We get to study a wide variety of topics
- I get to witness which topics my children find a connection to and encourage their passions to flourish.
- Just as I get to see where their weaknesses are, and help build on those as well.
- We can learn anytime, anywhere.
- I will test my children, but their work will be done for mastery, not for a grade.
- The younger children get to learn also by watching the older children.
- I can allow my children to sleep in as late as they need. Their growing bodies are precious and need sleep. (Now, if only they would actually sleep in once in a while…)
- We will experience more field trips. Tide pools. Parks. Nature walks. Library. Museums. In reality, we could make just about any outing a learning experience.
- In more and more public school there are some seriously deceitful things being taught. And when God isn’t allowed inside our public institutions, we tend to follow suit of the deceit. I do not want my children involved in that.
Bible verses I’ve stumbled upon during my decision making process thus far:
- 1 Corinthians 15:33 “Do not be deceived. Bad company corrupts good character.”
- Proverbs 3:13-18 “Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace.She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her; those who hold her fast will be blessed.”
- Romans 12:2 “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”