Why We Homeschool

Homeschooling has been integrated into our lives so much that I can't imagine doing anything else at this point. It fits our son's learning style perfectly.

(Disclaimer: Keep in mind these are OUR personal reasons for homeschooling. Please keep comments respectful.)

So, why do we homeschool?

1. God laid it on my heart that we should travel this path.

I fought the urging within my heart at first. As a result, it didn't go well as we enrolled our son in preschool first and then ended up pulling him out. Then we tried kindergarten which lasted not quite two months. It was the same thing each time. He wasn't interested in the learning stations. He didn't sit still enough. It was always some little thing. It was hard to get the teachers to listen to what I thought. Plainly put, he was bored and the activities were not stimulating enough. And, he was an active little boy.

What we wanted to do was not working. I needed a good reminder of Proverbs 16:9 which says, "In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps."

I watched our son go from happy and excited about things to being more quiet and unhappy. When other family members and friends noticed it too, I knew I had to do something. So, I approached my husband and told him that I felt we needed to try homeschooling. At first, he was reluctant. But, he could also see what was happening to our bright fun-loving son. And, the brightness was fading.

After a long conversation, he agreed we needed to at least give it a try. I did some research to find out what options and groups we had in our area. Then we sat our son down to tell him the news. I was a little apprehensive about how he would feel about learning at home. To my surprise he was thrilled! He couldn't wait to get started. Let's just say I had tears in my eyes as I hugged my five year old son.

So, we pulled him out of kindergarten and started homeschooling. It wasn't until his 4th grade year (2017) that we made the decision to homeschool him all the way through high school. Am I worried about the journey ahead? A little. But, it is a great relief to bring all those worries to God in prayer. He will help us with whatever we need along the journey.

Philippians 4:6-7 says, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

Philippians 4:13 also says, "I can do everything through him who gives me strength."

2. We can integrate living a life for God into everything.

My husband and I both believe having a deep, strong rooted faith will help our son immensely during his life. Homeschooling has allowed us to do this in countless ways. Bible and prayer is worked into everything we do and learn during the day.

Deuteronomy 6:6-7: "These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up."

Keep in mind that I am not saying that ALL Christians should homeschool in order to live a godly life. This is OUR personal decision which we believe follows OUR goals for life as a family and individuals.

3. Academically, it is the best fit for our son.

He has always been a boy who wants to know how things work. It's, "Dad how does this work?" Or, "What is inside of that?" It's exciting for him to spend time taking apart engine pieces his dad brings home. He is able to explore his particular interests to his hearts content.

Instead of learning math, language, science, history, etc. separately, I try to teach him in a way that allows him to see how subjects and things are related and/or connected with each other. This approach has worked great with part of his learning style. He wants to know how things affect each other. Give him the little parts. But, also show him how all those little parts work in the big scheme of things.

He is also very hands-on. With this in mind, I am able to incorporate lots of hands-on activities for the different areas we are studying. It does take me a little more time in the preparation stage, but it is so worth it. Plus, the longer we have been homeschooling the more I have learned on how to make the preparation stage for hands-on activities go faster and smoother.

4. Socially, he can interact with ages across the scope.

I love the fact that our son does not have to sit in a classroom with just kids his age. I have watched how he is learning to relate and communicate with people across a wide age range. I believe this will give him an advantage when he is older and goes off on his own.

My husband and I can teach and guide him on how to handle numerous real-life situations all day long. I am thankful that he doesn't have to deal with so much peer pressure, especially at a young age. He is learning to be his own person, strong in both spiritual and moral aspects.

Do I get concerned people asking me about how he does socially because he is an only child and is being homeschooled? You bet. Am I worried? Absolutely not. First, God has led us down this path. And, no one will deter me from doing what God wants us to do. Secondly, our son is hardly lacking in social skills. It warms my heart in knowing that my husband and I are doing a good job when I get compliments that our son is so well behaved. 

All in all . . .

In the big picture of life I believe God is doing great things in the heart and mind of our son. My husband and I feel so very blessed to have a part in teaching him some of those great things.

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