Monday, December 17, 2012

Reasons to Homeschool

After the tragedy in Connecticut last week, I've heard the following more than a few times:
"I bet you're really glad you homeschool now."
"This makes me want to homeschool my children."
(From my children's friends) "I wish I were homeschooled."

Yes, I am grateful that I'm able to homeschool my children, but this tragedy doesn't increase my gratefulness. It just makes me really sad about the evil in this world.

For those of you who struggled with sending your children to a brick and mortar school this morning, that's completely understandable. My heart goes out to you. I can sympathize with the fear you must be feeling; I know that the events of Friday have made me want to hold my children a little closer to me as well. I can also understand wanting to keep them home with you forever, but I implore you, PLEASE do not decide to homeschool your children as a kneejerk reaction to the fear you are feeling.

Don't get me wrong; I love to hear about others choosing to homeschool their children. There are many wonderful reasons to homeschool; fear should not be one of them.
  1. Homeschooling will allow you to spend more time with your children. It's difficult to develop a close relationship with anyone when you don't spend time with them. The more time you spend with your children, the greater the potential to have a closer relationship. (I'm not going to tell you that it will guarantee a closer relationship, just the potential to have one.)
  2. Homeschooling gives you the opportunity to teach your children in the way they best learn. I was a classroom teacher for 7 years before I chose to stay home with my children, so I speak from experience here. Even the best teachers struggle to reach every child during every lesson. Some children learn best through seeing, others through hearing, and still others by doing. Some pick up concepts quickly; others need a little more time and practice. By giving your child an individualized education, you can present information in a way that allows him/her to grasp it.
  3. Homeschooling allows you to teach your children your family values. I'm not saying that values aren't being taught in brick and mortar schools; I'm sure they are in a majority of classrooms. I am saying that through homeschooling, YOU can choose what values your children are being taught.
These are just a few reasons why someone might choose to homeschool their children.

2 Timothy 1:7 states For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. While the tragedy in Connecticut makes me sad and I grieve for those families who lost loved ones, I do not want to parent my children out of fear for their safety. So, if homeschooling has crossed your mind this weekend, please think about all of the good reasons to homeschool and consider if it is right for you for those reasons.
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