Why I Am Choosing To Homeschool

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When people find out that we plan to homeschool, the first question is “Why?”. The majority of the time the question comes from people who have never had experience with home education or consider homeschool to be something that strange and isolated families choose (which my family and I are far from–or are we?). 

I have been a stay-at-home mom since the birth of my oldest daughter in 2011. It was not my plan to be a SAHM. I wanted to go back to work after a few months of maternity leave and continue chasing a dream career, however, God’s plan was different and I chose to be obedient. After accepting the assignment as SAHM, I sought God about what exactly I was to do during my time at home. Soon we began attending a church where many of the families, including our pastors, have homeschooled, are currently homeschooling, or are like me, are planning to homeschool. Once I began hearing other’s stories and seeing what homeschooled children looked like, I started considering whether or not that would be an option for my family and weighing the homeschooling pros and cons. My husband was more excited and gung-ho about homeschooling than I was and played a big part in me making the definite decision to homeschool. I am excited about the opportunity to educate my children and I have several reasons why I am choosing to homeschool.

Freedom

Curriculum

Teachers in the public school system do not get the privilege to choose curriculum that works best for their teaching style or their student’s learning abilities. Their curriculum is usually chosen by a department chair or district, leaving them little or no room to choose what is best for their classroom. There is an enormous amount of education curriculum to choose from, and homeschooling will allow me to choose whatever curriculum I believe is best for my children’s current learning needs. If I begin a school year using one curriculum, but find that it does not allow teaching and learning to flow in a way that is best for my girls, I can easily choose a different curriculum to teach. Something that is important to me is that my children be strongly rooted in the Word of God and develop a love for Christ at an early age. The beauty of homeschooling is that I have the freedom to integrate whatever I desire into the curriculum: Bible studies, scripture memorization, faith-based activities, etc.

Convenience

Who says kids need to wake up at the crack of dawn and start school work or take a test in a classroom while they are half asleep? Homeschooling allows us to create a schedule that works best for our family. Maybe the mornings will work best. Maybe the late afternoon will be the time my girls are most alert and ready to learn. Regardless of the time we choose, it will be flexible. If we need to do only blocks of two hours worth of learning at a time, we can do that. There is freedom to create a system that works best for US. If we decide to take a long vacation there will be no need to request homework from the teacher to make sure my children do not fall behind in their work. We can easily bring some work with us and turn parts of our vacation into a time for learning–an extensive field trip. Speaking of field trips: We could have a field trip every day if we wanted! I love the idea of having unlimited field trips to our local zoocity attractions, creating learning opportunities at the local nursery, grocery store, and more. I want to teach my children both life lessons and book lessons.

Focus

It is a little early to tell what my girls’ academic strengths and weaknesses are, but once I discover them I will be able to cater to their needs and spend time focusing on the subjects that may be a challenge to them. When teachers have classrooms of 30 children, students fall through the cracks. They may excel in one subject, but need to spend more time focusing on another and their teacher just cannot provide that student the necessary attention to grasp the subject.

Homeschooling will also allow my child to focus on what they’re most interested. Recently my girls have expressed interest in outer space. As a result, I have looked up miscellaneous facts about planets, in particular Mars and Uranus, based on questions that they have asked. This allows for an organic education. If you allow students to study what they are naturally interested in, along with the necessary fundamental learning the likelihood of the child getting bored of “school” will be low. Limitations should not be placed on a child’s learning. Let them learn about what they are passionate about.

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Protection

As a parent, it is my responsibility to protect my children. Besides pointing them to Jesus, I also want to be the most influential person in their lives. I want their morals and values to be like mine and my husband’s. I want them to keep their innocence and not pick up bad habits from children in their classroom who are not being raised to love, respect, and to be a servant of God. The majority of “bad” things that I learned as a child was from my peers at school. They taught me the current songs, language, showed me the latest (not so) modest fashion trends, and all about “romantic” relationships. Of course, after a certain age I became curious and wanted to learn more about all the things the kids at school talked about, but the seeds that were planted by those little elementary kids, unfortunately, grew, which caused me to be a curious teen and young adult who did not always make the best choices.

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Connection

I must admit; It is extremely hard for me to imagine spending five or more hours five days a week away from my babies. Having the opportunity to be a SAHM has allowed me to spend a huge amount of time with my children, hence creating a bond between my children and I that I do not want to interrupt with school and work days. My girls are growing up so quickly. I mean, I feel like I birthed them YESTERDAY and they are already three and two years old! It blows me away. I want to be a part of their growing and learning, and like previously mentioned, the most influential person in their lives.

After I answer people’s question of why I am homeschooling, they, almost every time, will express concern about the potential lack of socialization that homeschooled children will have. My answer to that concern will be in a future post, because yes, that is an important and valid concern to have.

**Read my post about homeschool and socialization HERE.**

Are you a homeschooling parent or have you considered homeschooling? For those that currently homeschool, how did your family react to your decision to do so?

Interested in homeschooling? I’m attending the Teach Them Diligently Convention to discover more about choosing to homeschool. Check out info about the convention here.

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  • Shekea

    Thank you so much for this post! I am a “new” mommy of a joyful 13 month old, and, along with my husband, am contemplating whether or not homeschooling is the best route for our family. I greatly appreciate your transparency and your stance. I am thankful for the example you are sharing, in doing things differently. My prayer is that my family does the same — my prayer and my passion is knowing that my daughter’s heart is turned toward Christ at the earliest age! It always feels good to know and connect with the community with the same heart.

  • mommywifelife1

    Thank you and you’re welcome! I am happy to share my journey with you. It’s never too early to think about your child’s education. And yes, choosing the best route for YOUR family is important. Blessings to you as you make that discovery.

  • Tempestt Jacocks

    I’m enjoying your blog T! Nice work…Kudos on being a SAHM and teacher:-)

  • mommywifelife1

    Thank you! I appreciate the support! 😉

  • We have home schooled since the beginning. Our girls are now 10 & 7. It works well for our family. Our girls also enjoy learning at home. Our families support our decision. Distant family members may have made comments. I rarely get negative responses. Mostly just curiosity. Congrats on making your decision 🙂 It is a beautiful, humbling, and cool opportunity.

  • mommywifelife1

    You’re practically a homeschooling vet! Congrats on having a great experience. It is encouraging knowing that I’m joining a strong homeschooling community.

  • Logan Cantrell

    I was homeschooled for a few years and loved it! I did end up going back to school in high school so that I could cheer and have more social engagement. I am trying to decide whether or not to home school my children because we don’t live in a great school district. You make some really great points. I will have to take them into consideration as I decide what’s best for my kids.

  • mommywifelife1

    Hi Logan! Thanks for stopping by. Homeschooling offers tons of flexibility. I think that is cool that you had the option to go back to a brick and mortar school to finish up. Doing what’s best for you and your family is ALWAYS the best route! Good luck as you make that decision!

  • I’m a homeschooling parent who loves it! I choose to do it for all the same reasons as you choose. I hope you continue to enjoy it.

  • Emma Craig

    I send my daughter to public school but I admire and respect those who homeschool! Seeing how regimented schools are, my daughter, who learns best through actively exploring a subject, has had a lot of problems this year, leading me to seriously considering homeschool as an option.

  • mommywifelife1

    Thank you, Crystal! In the beginning I thought maybe I would only homeschool for the first few years, but we are in it for the long haul.

  • mommywifelife1

    Emma, I pray that your daughter is able to excel regardless your decision. Go with your gut and what works best for your family! I’m sure you will figure out how to lessen those issues during the next school year.