Saturday, September 20, 2008

The Choice to Homeschool



It has recently been brought to my attention that there are those who consider families who homeschool as "weird", "fanatical", or even "freaks". Well, call me a weird, fanatical, freak if you wish, but I'm a homeschooling mom and proud of it!

Despite what some may think:
1. I do not homeschool my children to shelter them.
2. I do not homeschool my children because I am opposed to public schools.
3. My children are not "unsocialized".
4. My children do live in the real world.

To the contrary:
1. Being homeschooled my children are exposed to the "real" world as they are not provided the luxury of being away from home when their father and I deal with the problems of the "real" world. They also watch and hear the news and have a good understanding of what is going on in the world around them.
2. My children are homeschooled because that is where God has led my family. I certainly do not believe that it is something that God has called every family to though. (I also am extremely grateful for my education that took place in the public school system.)
3. My children are very well socialized and are as comfortable in a group of their peers as they are when they visit the residents of the nursing home with our therapy dogs.
4.My children are not subjected to the traditional, and often limited classroom education. They are taught in multiple subjects that they would not be given the opportunity to learn in school. Just because it is called "home"school does not mean that our only learning takes place inside the confines of our own home. We learn around the clock in our every day experiences wherever we might be.


I have been given the privilege and the joy of watching my children learn at home and knowing as they exceed that I have taught them. And let me tell you, that is an exciting thing! But I also have been given the chore of making sure that my children are getting a quality education, and believe me when I say, that is a very daunting task!

Homeschooling is not the easy out. No, we are not bound to the same 8:00-3:00 schedule as children who are in the public school system. We have more flexibility than that. We also don't follow the August-May schedule either. Normally our children are homeschooled year round with no more than three weeks off at a time. That is a personal choice that our family has made based on what works best for our children.

Being a homeschool mom does not allow for me to have time off. I don't get sick days. I don't get to spend my day however I would best enjoy it. (And trust me, I could use a day at the spa or a shopping trip that didn't include four children!) My day, however, revolves around my children and their education. There are lesson plans to prepare. Lessons to be taught. Time to be spent with each child individually to help each child excel to their personal best. Then there are lessons to be graded and work to be corrected. In addition we participate in music lessons and sports and also field trips with our homeschool group. All of this combined with keeping a very active two year old occupied, cooking supper, and keeping up with housework, church, and our therapy dog ministry make for a very hectic life. I often say, "There's never a dull moment, but I keep hoping for one!"

Homeschooling is not for the faint of heart. Homeschooling is a calling, and it is a commitment. It requires far more planning and preparing than most people would think or expect. I don't know why homeschooling is attacked on so many levels. We aren't asking for permission or help. We aren't asking for understanding even. All we want to do is give our children the best education we can provide them with while doing what we believe God has called us to. And if you are one of those who think that being a homeschool mom is another title for "housewife who sits around sipping soda and watching soaps all day", you are more than welcome come visit with me on any given day!




Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6


3 comments:

  1. Samantha,
    You don't know how much this has been an encouragement to me. Thank you so much for sharing why you homeschool and your answers were so clear to me. I was just thinking the other day how I needed a day away, but this is the job God has called me to do and I need to do it to the best of my ability.

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  2. The BIBLE says that we are to please GOD not man and girl that IS what YOU are doing! And no worries with those that are critical and judgmental especially when they have NO clue what its about!

    TO GOD BE THE GLORY! Great things HE IS doing!!!

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  3. Bravo! I completely agree!

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