We began homeschooling in January of this year. I have children in 5th grade, 2nd grade, Kindergarten and Preschool. This is not a decision that came lightly. We actually have considered homeschooling for the last few years but every time I prayed about it, I didn’t feel strongly about taking the leap. So we didn’t. This fall, although our year with three kids in public school was going well, I kept feeling the urge to just give homeschooling a try. Here are the main five reasons, we decided to homeschool:
- Flexibility – My husband travels often with his job. Being able to travel with him, stay in hotels and swim in the pools, visit museums and parks in the places he was traveling and getting more Dad time was really enticing to us. We knew that we could do school on the road and really loved the idea of it. Also we like the flexibility of choosing how we spend our time. No rush out of the door in the morning, no extra hours of homework in the evening after school or commitments for fundraisers, school events and extra activities. We choose our own schedule which changes some days to fit our needs and we have more time to just play together. We really love that!
- Encourage the Love of Learning – My oldest has always had a love for learning. She just soaks up information and gets excited about doing something new. I could see in her this year that she was feeling a little bored and was desiring to be challenged. She frequently told me that Math was just too easy. I thought it was great that she was understanding her Math! That was until we researched Math curriculums and did some placement tests and realized that she should be doing Pre-Algebra Math. Encouraging our kids to have the desire to learn and how to learn has become our main goal for homeschooling.
- Have more control over what they are learning – We are striving to raise well rounded children. We want them to have lots of life experiences, learn a new language and build their faith. I enjoy being able to teach them Math the way that makes sense to them and not the way the public school’s new curriculum is forcing them to. We are learning Spanish, spending more time playing outside and discovering more of our God given talents by choosing to learn our own way.
- Our time is short – For those with young children, you know that time seems to start going by at lightning speed. My daughter who was just in diapers, will soon be in middle school. We wanted to homeschool to be able to spend more time with our children. To have more time to allow them to be children, because they won’t be for long. In 15 short years, we will be empty nesters. I want to make as many memories as possible.
- Meet each child’s needs – I have spent a lot of time volunteering in classrooms over the last 5 1/2 years, in three different school districts and two different states. I have a huge respect for school teachers and we have had amazing ones. However, we have had overcrowded classrooms and under budgeted schools. I have seen children whose needs are unable to be met because resources were not available. I have seen a difficult child be moved to a corner of the classroom because they were being disruptive to everyone else. Which only caused the child to be louder as they cried out to be challenged, loved or accepted. I would not be able to do any better were I their school teacher, but I can give my children better by schooling them at home and making sure their individual needs are met.
Is homeschooling for everyone? No, maybe it won’t be for me and my children every year. Are their disadvantages to homeschooling? You betcha. But these five reasons were enough for us to decide to give it a try.
How do you choose to school?
We have weighed the decision to homeschool each school year with each child. Currently all of our children attend public school and Head Start programs.