I have always known that I wanted to be a teacher. When I was young, I use to sit my little brother down and make him practice writing and reading long before he entered kindergarten. I even taught preschool during my first year of college. I loved the morning board, centers, bright colors. I just knew that this confirmed that I would love being an elementary school even more.
Then, I married my husband and had a step-son in a public school. I came to realize very quickly that children were being left behind simply because they have a different learning style than the others. This wasn't the teachers fault. It was the system. How in the world can we expect these teachers to teach 25 different students of all different styles of learning all while maintaining high test scores?
Around this same time I met my best friend, a homeschool mom of 4. Her husband was my son's children's pastor at church. They were my 1st real glimpse into the world of homeschooling.
My main goal as a mom became to homeschool my children. I wanted to be a part of their education. I wanted to find their learning style and teach them accordingly.
I began to research all things homeschool. I found this verse:
6 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.
I know that most every homeschool family uses this verse. I just feel like the best way for me to diligently teach His words to my children, is to actually have them home and teach them!
Another reason, we have boys, very active, ornery, energy-filled little boys! As their parent's, Daddy T and I, realized very early on that they are not fans of sitting still for long periods of time. The public education system has eliminated so many recesses that there is little time for boys to burn their excess energy. I believe that this is where several of the behavior problems are coming from in public schools! At home we have the freedom of taking breaks as needed when our boys get too antsy to pay attention.
1 Corinthians 15:33
"Evil company corrupts good habits."
I have more influence on who influences my children! I am very aware of who they play with. I am able to correct behavior more easily when I am there when things happen.
What are some of the reasons that you homeschool? I would love to hear them!