I find it’s good to remind myself every now and then just why we homeschool – it helps renew my resolve to keep at it. Here’s my top ten list of reasons, in no particular order:
1. Homeschooling puts my children’s character education back in my hands. Because we spend so much time together, I see the character issues that we need to work on, things a teacher of 25+ students would never have time to deal with.
2. I attended public school a long time ago. Even then, a lot of things came up that I was just too immature to handle well. Many children today do grow up too fast – they’re expected to respond to pressures that only adults should face. I want my children to enjoy being children, and homeschooling allows them to do that.
3. Because I choose the curriculum and books we use, I know just what they’re reading and from what point of view.
4. I can tailor their lessons towards their individual learning styles. I’ve found what works for one child often doesn’t work for another.
5. When we work hard at the schoolwork, we’re usually able to finish most of it before lunchtime. This leaves more time to explore subjects the kids are really interested in.
6. The shorter school days also allow more time for extra activities. Right now we participate in boy scouts, music lessons, PE, sewing club, and a literature discussion group. It sounds like a lot, but we’re still home with no errands to run 2 – 3 days a week.
7. On the days we’re home, the kids have more time for play and creativity. My girls (ages 8 and 10) still enjoy playing with dolls and making scrapbooks, and my boys (ages 5 and 12) both like building with Legos.
8. I know my children’s friends and who they hang out with. I know their friends’ parents and siblings as well.
9. I love how homeschooling has affected the relationships within the family. All four of my children are very close to each other, even though there are seven and a half years between the oldest and the youngest.
10. I love to learn! Every day I’m learning something new right along with my children. If they can keep a love of learning into adulthood, then I did my job well.