Ever hear that question? If you are homeschooling your children, or just thinking about it, you have probably heard this question at least once, if not many times. I used to feel tongue tied, stuttering over myself as I tried to explain our reasons. Then I realized that I needed to have my reasons clearly thought out so that when someone asked, I would have a ready, intelligent answer. After all, I don't need to add to their fuel by acting like a bumbling idiot whenever the question is posed. I am supposed to be the teacher after all.
So here are our clearly defined reasons for teaching our children at home:
First & foremost this is what we feel God calling us to do. In every aspect of our lives we try to do God's will, so this is no exception. Deuteronomy 11:19 states that we should teach our children, telling them about God & His ways when "you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up." This is what we are attempting to do.
We can teach to our child's style of learning - some children are visual learners, some auditory, some kinesthetic. Trying to read aloud to a kinesthetic learning while having them sit still with hands on their desk is not going to work! These kids need to move & experience learning, something they are not going to get a lot of in a traditional school. We are working on finding out just what helps things "click" with our children so we can reach them with the best method for them.
We can teach at our child's level - whether traditional school would think they are ahead or behind. My oldest loves math & is ahead of his grade level in that area. I don't have to hold him back so he doesn't get ahead of the others as would be done in a classroom. While math is his thing, reading has stumped him a bit until this year. He isn't made to feel that he is "remedial" in this area because it hasn't quite clicked with him yet. We work along at his pace, knowing that with the proper tools he will eventually succeed.
We are free to teach the values that we deem important - We don't have the government telling us to teach evolution or anything else we don't agree with. More importantly, we can spend much time on learning the life lessons that will make them great citizens some day, things like kindness, giving, business sense, how to handle money, and acceptance of people for who they are, not what they have or can do for you. While I never want to neglect the fundamentals of school learning, these life lessons can be of far greater significance throughout their life, & I'm so glad that I have a hand in conveying these to my children.
We chose to home school for the socialization - Just the other day I had someone ask me when we were going to put our child in school so he could be socialized. Humm, is putting him in a room with 25 other kids his age & one adult really the best way for him to learn how to act socially? Since when did it become in the best interest of our kids for other kids to be teaching them how to treat the "misfits", how to use their manners, how to treat adults, etc. I think my husband & I will handle these lessons for now. They learn lessons in socialization at home, visiting places (zoo, grocery store, library), and interacting with others at events (church, kids clubs & home school outings). I found this cute comic strip about homeschooling & socialization today. Check it out... http://www.comics.com/webmail/ViewStrip?key=62253339-8d17b34338
Those are our top reasons for homeschooling. If you home school, I hope that you have your reasons clearly defined so when someone asks you "the question" you will have a ready, intelligent answer. If not, why don't you sit down right now & write out your reasons. Having these reasons clear in your mind will not only help you when someone asks for your reasons, but they will also keep you going when times get tough (and they will sometimes).
If you haven't made the decision to home school yet, but are on the fence why not also make out your list. It might just help you make up your mind once & for all that homeschooling is the right choice for you.
I'd love you to leave me a comment & share your reasons for schooling your children at home & let me know what working on this list has done for you.