Bible time with Daddy
Home schooling has come a long way in the past 15-20 years. The stigma that was once attached to it is giving way to more acceptance as more and more children are leaving the public schools for home schools. Those children are now excelling in college and professionally. There are also support group, and resources available that make the process much easier than in the past. In fact, there are over 45,000 home schooling families in
As we meet people in the community, they ask which school
attends, we share that we home school. I wish I kept count of how many times my
heart has been blessed when people find out. Most people are intrigued. A lot of moms have said they wished they could
do it, or they don’t have the patience to do it. Then we get questions as to
why we do it. So I have compiled this list of following reasons, I don’t share
all these when people ask. I try to keep the image of home schooling as sane as
I can. : ) As time and opportunity permits, I do try to share our heart for home
Our primary reason for home schooling is our desire for our children to know God thorough their education. We believe that Discipleship and Education are one in the same in aspect of training our children. Discipleship = Education
Sadly in our country, Discipleship is something you do on Sunday; Education is done Monday through Friday in a public school. But when you look to the Scriptures you will not find this separation. Discipleship IS Education. Passages like Deuteronomy 6 show us that teaching our children about God should be intertwined in every aspect of our daily life. There are constant teachable moments throughout our days. This has as much to do with their character as it does their knowledge of the world.
We want our children to know God as the creator of all knowledge, that everything we can ever know or experience is only by and though Christ. As we study Language and learn words, I want them to know the Word that became Flesh, Jesus Christ. As they learn to count, I want them to know the God who gave us order and systems that are constant. As we study History, I want them to realize God is the one who ordained time, and is sovereign over all time. Before there was even time, There was God. As we study the solar system and astronomy, I want them to know it was God who created all of it. In every aspect of what our children will learn; Science, Social Studies, Math,
History, Language, Art, Music, we want them to know the God who created it all. Reading
Developing the character of our children is the next positive on our list of reasons to home school. Who is better in tune with the heart issues of our children than we are as their parents? Public schools don’t have the investment in training our children like Larry and I do. We are the ones who will be called to give an eternal account of our leading in their lives. As we begin formal education, developing my children’s character is much more important to me than how quickly they learn to read or write.
And while we are discussing the public school arena, please do not take our desire to home school as a reason to think we hate public school. Let me state it clearly, WE DO NOT HATE PUBLIC SCHOOLS. My Sister in Law and my best friend are both public school teachers. Larry was a public school teacher before he went into the ministry. My Granddaddy and Granny dedicated their careers to public school education. Teachers are some of the hardest working and most under appreciated people I know. They deserve super hero capes and theme music to follow them around wherever they go. They deal with constant struggles, as class sizes continue to grow larger, resources become more limited, and discipline is always an issue.
Curriculum is another issue we are excited to have control over. You can spend LOTS of money homeschooling your children. Sadly there are no tax advantages to any expense we put in to education our children, but that’s another issue for another day. However, homeschooling does not have to be expensive. Resources are limitless as to what you can gather through library books, the internet and life experiences. When we study dinosaurs, we can go to the museums in Rocky Mt or Raleigh and see dinosaurs after we check out free book about them from the library. When we study butterflies, we can hatch our own, and I bought a book on butterflies at a yard sale for either 50 cents or $1. When we study community helpers, there is a whole host of people we know from our community that would invite our children in to watch a day in the life of a police officer, dentist, librarian, doctor and farmer, just to name a few. When we study the solar system we can make a model of one using supplies from the Dollar Tree and NASA online. Learning will be hands on for our children. How exciting that will be! If I do it well, they might not realize they are learning because they will be having so much fun!
There are two other big issues people question: Will they be shelter? And will they be socialized? And the answer to both is Yes.
It amazes me that people think being sheltered is a bad thing! Don't get me wrong, There are extremes to this thinking. But when you actually think it over why would you want to purposefully expose your children to things you don’t agree with and have no control over if you could prevent it? I have many friends who complain about the language their children have been exposed to as well as other offensive things their children have learned at school. I am perfectly fine with keeping my children outside of that environment. When people ask me if I’m worried they will be too sheltered, I reply no, and ask what advantage do they think their children will gain by being exposed to language and behaviors they don’t support.
Will they be socialized? Yes. It’s not like as home schoolers we will stay home all day, every day. Our family is super social. The children are loved by all of our church members and engage with them often each week. We go to the park, library, grocery stores, and restaurants on a regular basis.
plays a Rec. league sport. I also
started a local home school support group. We have over 40 people in our group.
I’m looking forward to our home school times with these families as we have
music and nutrition classes and play dates this fall. We also have plans to do community
service projects at a local nursing home. Eden
Will our children learn how to do things like public school kids? No
Our kids are not going to have to learn how to take bathroom break in groups of 20 or how to carry a lunch tray. It was brought to my attention recently that Josiah didn’t know how to act in a classroom. When I asked if he obeyed the teacher, she said yes. He followed directions. But He didn’t know how to put his hand on a wall and walk in line with other children. I was really upset at first, and then realized. Well, why should he? He doesn’t go to day care and will not go to public school. I was so worried that he would never ever learn to stand in line! Then I started to laugh, we stand in line all the time at the grocery store, Wal-mart, McDonald and the library. We practice taking turns with one another at home. So yes, there are some skills they might miss out on, like putting their hands on the wall at school, but there are others we will gain. I’m OK with that!
The bigger aspect of the socialization issue is that our children will lean how to be adults from adults. Neat concept isn’t it? The qualities and characteristics that we find import, we will train our children to accomplish.
This is a big step for our family. I’m still trying to figure out a schedule and how many outside opportunities to engage in. I know there will be challenging days when I will feel like chasing down the school bus and putting them on board. But mostly I am excited that God has blessed me with this opportunity to invest in the three miracles he has given Larry and me. I pray I don’t mess them up to much! I’ll try to keep you posted on how things go at