This is National School Choice Week. I thought it is a great time for us to share why we choose homeschooling for our family. We chose homeschooling for our family over 5 years ago, but we also continue to choose it over and over again.
Why do we choose homeschoooling?
(These are not in order of importance but just in the order I thought of them.)
1. We want to teach our children a biblical worldview. We look at all subjects and how they relate to God and what He wants for us. We let discussions overshadow other subjects sometimes and value character lessons over academics.
2. We love having a lifestyle of learning. Our children have “school work”, but they also spend their evenings, weekends, and vacations learning. We all enjoy learning together as a family.
3. We can dive into topics the kids love. If Isaiah wants to read tons of animal books since he loves animals, we have the time to do that.
4. Our children are learning lots of great academics. Between Classical Conversations and their endless reading, our children are learning more than we know (especially when it comes to history, art, and music).
5. We have an unhurried lifestyle. While many thrive on busyness, we know the importance of having time – to read, talk, explore, and just be together.
6. We want our children to be good friends. When their siblings are their most frequent playmates, they have to learn to get along and in fact really enjoy playing together. Even though our boys all share a room, they often even want to have “sleepovers” all piling onto one bed. For a special birthday gathering, one child chose having a family game day over a birthday party.
7. We enjoy spending time together as a family. We actually like to be around each other (even when there are tough days).
8. There are lots of other great families that also homeschool – great friendships for our children and for us.
9. Our children still act like children. It only takes me a few minutes around children trying to act like teenagers to be thankful our children still act like kids. They are not pressured by peers to grow up too quickly and enjoy being kids.
10. There is a lot less wasted time in our children’s academic day. I remember all the downtime of school – sitting when you finished a test before others or waiting for the next activity. Homeschooling allows our children to move onto another subject when they complete a task instead of waiting for an entire classroom.
11. We get to experience the successes in our children’s academic lives. We’ve seen those moments when our children take off reading, complete their first book, write their first story, diagram their first sentence, master a new math concept, or discover a new historical connection.
12. We can fit our academics in and among our family’s schedule. If Gideon needs surgery, we can adjust and care for him together. If Seth has a day off of work, we can take the day off with him.
13. We have to deal with our own sin (and our children’s). I struggle with being patient. If I sent the kids out the door for 7 hours a day, I wouldn’t have to work on my own sin of impatience nearly as much. It’s a good thing to fight my sin nature. Being in close contact with each other all the time magnifies all of our sin and shortcomings, but that means we can work on character together.
14. We know what is going on in our children’s lives. Our kids aren’t away from us all that often so it’s a little easier to know what is going on with them. (friends, academics, spiritual, and so on)
15. We get to learn right along with our kids. I have learned so much studying with my children. As someone who did well in a public school, it’s actually shocking to me sometimes how little I know, but it is exciting to be learning right along with my children.
So, there you have it . . . 15 reasons why we choose homeschooling. I’m sure there are even more reasons, but at least here are a few.