Why Homeschool? Every parent educator has their own reasons for teaching their children at home. Here are our reasons:
- We love our children. That love makes us want to spend time with our children, rather than sending them out to a government-run institution every day.
- We love learning. We delight in experiencing the thrill of discovery and the adventure of learning new things, and want to share those moments with our children.
- We love life. And we want our children to experience it to the fullest by getting out and experiencing life, rather than spending their days confined to a desk and taking marching orders from a series of bells.
- We love God. We want our children to know that their life has a purpose, and that education isn’t just about earning money one day, but becoming more like their Father in Heaven.
Here are some answers to other questions we hear a lot. To see even better answers than ours, be sure to watch these videos!
Q: Why homeschool? What’s wrong with public school?
A: We, the parents, attended both public and home school in our youth. While we appreciate the efforts of well-meaning teachers everywhere, we know that bureaucratic restraints and political dictates too often prevent them from creating a nurturing, inspiring environment in which children feel safe enough to really express themselves and develop a genuine passion for learning. At home, we find that our children are more excited to learn and they even ask us to teach more than the day’s allotted assignments (and yes, we have sent our children to both public AND home school).
Q: Aren’t homeschoolers socially inept?
A: I (Jenny–the “Mom”) was homeschooled all throughout my childhood, during which time I had many friends in my neighborhood, at church, and in ballet class. I was invited to all the same birthday parties, picnics, and sleepovers that my publicly schooled peers attended, and after returning to public high school, I enjoyed a vibrant social life, transitioning without any social problems whatsoever. I was active in school activities (track, cheerleading, choir, SADD), had lots of friends (including a date to every prom/formal dance), and the only bad side effect of homeschooling that I can think of is the fact that I was too advanced for my grade! When I returned to public school in the 8th grade, I tested on a tenth grade level, and was very bored while waiting for my peers (and teachers!) to catch up to me.
Q: Isn’t homeschooling hard?
A: Not at all! Homeschooling might sound intimidating to people who don’t know much about it, but teaching isn’t rocket science (as these true horror stories prove), and you don’t even need a college degree* to teach your children at home, thanks to the many fabulous resources out there that make homeschooling easier than ever!
*Note: we both have advanced degrees, but worked on them part-time (via online programs and night school), so that we could study at home and model good learning habits for our children. We are a family that enjoys learning together, parents included!