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Monday, September 23, 2013

Why We Homeschool.


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:

Deuteronomy 6:6-8
“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 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. 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.

Finally:
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!



10 comments:

  1. Yes! Deut. 6 is at the heart of our reasons for homeschooling our daughters! I also just love being with my children, and want to spend as much time pouring into their lives now before they are grown. Teaching them how to manage a home of their own someday is another benefit. And 2 of my 3 daughters are high-energy and high-spirited, and 1 has intense medical needs, so homeschooling has allowed me to tailor their education to their specific needs and the way they are wired. I agree with you that many of the "behavior" problems are because kids simply have a hard time paying attention for 6 hours in a row with few breaks!

    Great post - thanks for sharing! I'll have to mark 1 Cor 15:33 and make it a memory verse for us all.
    I'm your neighbor at the Far Above Rubies link-up :)
    ~Lisha

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    1. Hi, Lisha! Thanks so much for coming by! I, too, love spending time with my kiddos! I get such a thrill from learning along side them!

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  2. I too was destined to be a public school teacher....isn't it wonderful how God changes our plans? Coming over from the Hip Homeschool Hop!

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    1. God's ways never cease to amaze me! Thank you so much for coming by!

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  3. I never thought I'd be a homeschooler... but my son is just too social for public school! if I put him in a room with 25 other kids his age, and told him he wasn't allowed to talk to them, it would break his heart!

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    1. I understand that! My 5-yr-old is the same way. He has never met a stranger :)
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. We share very similar reasons for homeschooling our kids. I'm glad that you shared yours with us. Our school systems have drastically taken a turn for the worse in so many ways. It scares me thinking about what our future generations are going to be like.

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    1. Crystal, I agree. It is so sad. My step-son is still in public schools and I pray that God will protect him from all the junk!

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  5. Hi Michelle, stopping by from Wise Women Link Up. I share similar desires as you, my main one is to have God as the head of everything in our lives, I do not want God to have full access to some things and not others. I am going to sit down and list the whys of our homeschooling after reading this. Have a blessed day. Tara.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Tara! I agree. I think that He should have full access! Bless you!

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