Public school was never really an option for our children. I was in my late 20s when we started having kids, and as such, watched the rise in school violence, inappropriate conduct, excessive bullying, and obvious indoctrination by the government a la Common Core and others. It is really a far cry from what I remember as a student in public school. We had our problems, but not any of this extreme stuff going on currently.
Add to this the fact that not all students learn at the same pace, and we had to exclude private school as an option as well. The cost is prohibitive anyway, especially when you start adding multiple kids.
We homeschool because it is really the only choice that makes sense.
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We somewhat felt that private school for our kids might be an okay option if they went to a school that offered a protestant religious environment. My husband was worried about socialization as our oldest grew older but not less shy. I reluctantly agreed to let her try out a part-time K4 program at a Christian school close to us. She loved it, and her teachers were everything I could have asked for in my stead.
However: She didn’t excel academically as she knew everything they were teaching that year. She got picked on the second day of school on the playground. She was exposed to things I’d rather her not have been exposed to yet. Worldly things that she desired just to fit in with others. Nothing too horrible, but we try not to do things just because everyone else does, and I don’t want to be setting them up for that kind of thinking from a young age. We teach independent, critical thinking, and until they can do these things well on their own, they are under our authority. It’s kind of the definition of parenting.
Guess what? My oldest is still shy. The whole “socialization” thing totally backfired in every way. And now we have other behaviors she picked up due to her peers and the experiences she had while there.
I have tons of reasons for homeschooling, but if I had to make a succinct list, I would include:
- we are teaching from a godly worldview, including young earth and biblical creation
- they are learning according to their strengths, desires, and aspirations, irrespective of grade level
- we provide active, hands-on learning
- we can teach critical thinking skills from the beginning
- we enjoy freedom from set school days, hours, and strict schedules
- we’re using the curriculum of our choosing, with the ability to change things as necessary
- total absence of violence
- diminished exposure to bullying
- zero exposure to sexual attitudes (e.g., sex before marriage, multiple partners) and LGBT agendas
- decreased expenses for supplies, clothes, field trips, lunches, transportation
- we have ability to choose what types of tests we do, if any
We could not check off any of those boxes for public school, and only a few if we went back to private school. Homeschooling has its ups and downs, we have our struggles and failures but also our wins and the days where I can see our children have a light bulb moment where something just clicks for them. It is best for them, and even if it’s hard at times, they say the best things in life can be the most difficult. I would say homeschooling solidly falls into that category.
Why do you homeschool? Can you identify with my list?
This post is part of a roundup about Why We Homeschool at the Homeschool Review Crew.
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