I’ve met many homeschooling families in the past year or so that knew from the get go they were going to homeschool. Some were homeschooled themselves, some were not. Others had a bad experience with public or private schools and pulled their kiddos out. We’ve got a mixed bag of reasons–and some days I feel confidant with this list, other days, I’m a little (no, a lot) paranoid about turning my kids into adults that hate their parents because they didn’t have a ‘normal’ life–whatever that means nowadays.
1. This may be harsh, but it’s true. I was a teacher for several years before staying at home. I taught in districts ranging from ‘low socio-economic free lunch’ to ‘the good side of town’. And guess what? Bad teachers are EVERYWHERE. The good schools, the bad schools, the private schools. I know many out there will say that our kids need to get accustomed to dealing with different teaching styles and even experiencing a bad teacher–and I agree. However, I’m way too anal to survive a year of the ‘bad teacher’ and being ‘that parent’ who’s in the principal’s office.
2. We want our kids to be loved. Everyday. Every subject. I want them to know how proud we are every step of the way. If they were in a classroom with 20 other children I know that so many details of their progress would be overlooked. From making the tail on his ‘a’ better to saying please and thank you. I want to kiss them when they ace a new spelling word and pray to the Lord with them when they are feeling anxious. Mostly, I want to do my best to enjoy their every moment of these fleeting years, because they’ll be gone in no time.
3. Siblinghood. Is that a word? I dunno. I have a really strong desire for my kids to love and appreciate each other. Cheer each other on and critique one another’s English essay. The M.O.T.H. and I feel that homeschooling will give them the best opportunity for that. They may grow up and loathe each other–but at least we gave it a fighting chance.
4. Relocation Roulette. We recently were relocated for the M.O.T.H.’s job for the first time about 9 months ago. We moved away from our home town where all our family and friends are. It’s likely we won’t get back there for some time and we don’t want to pull the kids in and out of schools.
5. Faith. We’re Christians. We love Jesus and are trying to love him more each day. We want our children to have a passion for our faith and be able to incorporate it into their daily lives and lessons. I hope their World View is one that is challenged while learning about other cultures and faiths along the way, while spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ through our words and actions.
6. I felt a calling. Ugh. That sounds so Hallmark card. A CALLING. A calling is how God speaks to me. In this case, he wouldn’t let the homeschool horse die. I closed the door on homeschooling too many times to count. I stuck my foot in the mud and toured private schools we couldn’t afford. We moved into a neighborhood with a ‘good’ school (which doesn’t really matter..see #1). He even attended preschool like ‘normal’. The ONLY one that liked it was ME. Day after day, decision after decision, homeschooling came calling. Now that we’ve started, we haven’t looked back.
That’s our list. I’m sure there’s a million other little reasons as well. Do you have a list? Or are you so sure you don’t need one? I do….I need lists…I am hesitant after all!