“Why do we homeschool?” isn’t the question.
I’ve been blessed to hold numerous truly great conversations over the last week or so, with the majority of them having something or other to do with homeschool.
Today’s nugget was about why we homeschool. You’ve probably heard reasons from public school wants to turn your children into dumb robots – all the way to this is the only way the Lord would have us teach our children.
While I must admit I hold some beliefs that you might think are a little radical, the positive reasons I’ve seen in our homeschool tip the scale against the negative ones.
“So why do we keep homeschooling?” Yes – that is the real question…
Well, since you asked…
Sometimes I feel like people might think I’m crazy with this one. It seems so many people want less and less family time. However, I can no longer imagine spending the majority of my days away from my children. Do I need a break now and then? OF COURSE!!!! Homeschooling is HEART work, which equals hard work. Imagine disciplining ALL. DAY. LONG. That’s right. “Tough” doesn’t begin to describe it. But “Worth It” doesn’t begin to describe it either. Quietly planting seeds from sun up to sun down, watering and watering, and praying to see the growth. The stem grows up. The roots grow down. The leaves bud. And then the flowers bloom. My children see me at my worst and my best. There is no option but for life to be real.
Think reality show…but with nothing staged…and mountains of grace…
One of the hardest things about homeschooling is that life happens. Just recently, we have found ourselves about a week behind in school work – a little more in a couple of areas. But I was reminded today that the education my children are receiving during this time is arguably MORE important than what comes from books. As I contemplated this and discussed it with friends today, I realized that one day my kids will grow up and be faced with the decision – which is more important – work or family. Seeing me choose family over school, they now have a tangible example of what values we are trying to pass on to them.
There is deep relief in knowing what my students are studying. Clearly, younger students do everything with me. It is easy to know what they are doing. Yet even with my older students, I can trust the material when they are working alone, and we still work on it together pretty regularly.
I’m still pretty bitter with myself over the thought that I was done with learning. Eighteen years of my life when I could have been reading great literature, learning about the world, or studying ancient civilizations were all wasted. At least as far as learning goes. As I soak in all that my children are learning these days, I am forever grateful the Lord called us to homeschool. I am learning so much and in a way that allows a great amount of the material to stay with me.
Helping your student learn…helps you learn…
This one could use an entire post of it’s own. Spending most of my early years of motherhood behind the desk in corporate America, evenings and weekends belonged to my family. I am ashamed to say it, but I had few friends. There were a few old, treasured friends that I remained close to (and always will), but making new friends didn’t happen. Because there was no time for play dates, my children didn’t have close friends. I had no friends I could do day-to-day life with. The homeschooling community has brought me friendships deeper than I imagined I would ever have again outside of my family. Between learning the true, invaluable blessing of having friends/being a friend and having the time to spend with friends, my circle of friends outside of the homeschooling world has grown as well.
Don’t get me wrong…homeschooling takes time…not a lot of lunches out with friends…
But when we do get together each week, the connection is there. And park days are FABULOUS!!!!
So, there you go. A few positive reasons we love homeschooling. When I felt the Lord calling us to homeschool, I’m pretty certain only the curriculum point would have crossed my mind – and maybe not even that. I like the say the Lord has strange ways (in our eyes) of getting us where He wants us to be.
Five years ago, He told me that this would be about so much more than the education of my children. He was right.
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