Tuesday, January 21, 2014

5 KEY REASONS WE HOMESCHOOL

With the new year comes the contemplation of new goals. Each year we try to evaluate where we are with our children's home education. As I reflected on each child and where they were at, I realized I had never written down why we home school. Some days I do wonder why! Here is our list of some key reasons we decide each year to stay the course of home education. 


1.  We believe that God wants us to according to the following Scripture:  

 And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.  Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders.  Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:6-9 NLT

Many years ago at a home school conference we heard Mike Farris speak. He beautifully illustrated this Scripture to the audience in regards to why he and his wife home schooled. As time has moved along at this quick pace that I would like to come to a screeching halt, I find that filling my children with Scripture and talking to them many, many times during the day about Jesus and God's Word is farm more important than academics. If I put them in school, I will certainly miss the countless opportunities to have our little spiritual talks throughout the day.

2.  We control what information is being presented to our children.

There are certain subjects that are presented as fact in public school, with no biblical foundation whatsoever. While we don't shelter our children from certain theories, such as evolution, we are able to show biblical truth where the schools fail to present any other argument on a theory but their own worldly perception.

3.  We are able to use the approach to learning that works for our child as individuals.

Each child is unique. They are also born with a particular style suited to their learning. Through home schooling we are able to tailor our curriculum to meet their individual needs.

4. We are able to have more control over outside influences and weed out what is necessary and what is unnecessary.

For example, we don't feel that involvement in sports and clubs are necessary. This takes away from more purposeful goals we have, such as teaching an instrument or instructing our children in a craft which has the potential to earn them an income in their adult years.  Also, we can nurture friendships with those that will encourage and build our children up-not direct them to places we don't want them exploring.

5.  Through home schooling we are able to maintain closer relationships with one another.

 We really are each other's best friends. Yes, we all have friends don't worry, but when one is gone 8 hours a day at school, it is hard to maintain a close relationship with each other. My husband and I have always taught our children that at the end of the day, your family has your back. 

Do you home school? Why? I am always interested in hearing people's convictions on the subject.



6 comments:

  1. I'm not a perfect homeschooler, we don't have a perfect family, but I believe we are much closer than we would be than if the children had gone to school and I'd gone to a job.
    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

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  2. I enjoyed this post so much! These are some of the exact same reasons that we have homeschooled our 5 children for the past 14 years. I have our oldest who is now 21 and will graduate with honors from college this spring, and she tells me constantly..."Mom I am so glad you homeschooled me." It has not always been an easy road, but it has been worth it! Thank you for writing such an encouraging blog. =)

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  3. Great points, Suzanne.
    I am so pleased to meet you.
    Blessings :-)

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  4. Dear friend, I admire your efforts to homeschool well. It takes a lot of time and effort and care to do it right. I know you inspire those who share your passion.
    Much love,
    Linda

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  5. Suzanne, this is my first visit to your blog. Very nice to meet you. My children are all grown now but my husband and I homeschooled them. I loved teaching them to read and write and they ended up teaching me more about math than I taught them! Anyway, I look forward to reading your blog more.

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    1. Welcome Rose, enjoy your time here. So nice to meet you! ~Suzanne

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