Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Homeschool Encouragement

I have been contemplating homeschooling for over a year now, I have another 5+ years though until my first child is school age. I do encounter many moms looking for encouragement in their homeschooling endeavor, including this concerned mom from Dallas in the Mamapedia community.

I'll start with the negative and end with the positive. Here are some reminders of just how broken the public school system is, in case anyone forgot (check the links for full stories):

That is not to say that there are no odd stories about homeschool. You are a lot less likely though to find homeschool kids shooting each other. You might come across a couple of cases of child abuse where hopefully justice will prevail. The rest will be stories of successful entrepreneurs, spelling bee champions, and close relationships between children and their parents. Of course homeschooling might not be right for everyone, but I believe it is worth it if you feel capable and even if you would have to review your budget and do some major cuts on unnecessary spending when you forgo your full time job and become a full time mom. I am hoping to continue working from home when we embark on our homeschooling voyage, that is also a great option.

Now on a positive note, whenever you feel discouraged, ready to give up on homeschooling, or facing opposition from family, friends, and officials - come back to this list of reasons why homeschooling is so worth it:

1. To nurture, train, and educate our children
2. To center our lives around family rather than school
3. The role models they follow will be their parents not their age-appropriate peers (the jails are full of those who listen to their peer group and not their parents)
4. Children grow up so fast, I don’t want to miss a moment
5. We can vacation and travel on the off season
6. We can take field trips on the spur of the moment and lots of them
7. Instead of learning to interact with 20 other same age children they will learn how to interact with children and adults of all ages
8. No need for "socialization" as defined by the American Heritage Dictionary -- a verb meaning, "To place under government or group ownership or control."
9. Pupils taught individually achieve 30% higher on standardized tests than pupils taught in a standard class of 25 students (more statistics)
10. Encourages a lifelong love of learning
11. Adds to the richness of our culture by promoting diversity in educational choice
12. Every child is unique and learns in different ways and we can design our curriculum to each child's individual learning style
13. We know EXACTLY what our child is taught
14. I am re-educated
15. We can accomplish more in less time
16. Education still takes place on snow and sick days
17. In this computer age resources for homeschoolers are abundant
18. To foster emotional security
19. No cliques
20. To encourage creativity
21. To develop independent learners
22. I love being with my child(ren)!
23. It is the responsibility of the parent to raise children, not the government
24. Academics will not be replaced with "socialization" and sex education
25. The student/teacher ratio is unbeatable
26. Fewer back injuries, no heavy backpacks to lug
27. No school shootings
28. You can sleep in (School kids typically get less sleep than the recommended amount for healthy development)
29. Learning can combine lessons such as art and history, math and science
30. You can always read more reasons that I will add with time by coming back to this blog post!

Have fun homeschooling and remember that only you, the parent, love and know your children best in this world, take good care of them!

Photo courtesy: sxu


  1. Amen! We started homeschooling back in 1985 and our baby is now in college.

  2. This is one comment but it may have to show up as 2 due to its length.

    Let me start by saying that I think your goals in raising and educating your children are admirable, and it would be great if all parents cared as much as you obviously do. While I plan to homeschool my (future) children, and I too think that environmental education is crucial. That said, I don't think the list of bad things from public school is helpful. Just as there are many public schools with serious structural problems, there are many public schools that are provide a good, free education. Those schools do a good job of educating the middle 70-80% of students. Kids at the top or the bottom are not as well served. Neither are kids who for one reason or another cannot handle the rigid hierarchy necessary to run one of these educational factories.

    How do I know? I went to public school K-12. I was in the top 10% intellectually (based on brains, not on grades), and so was not terribly challenged for most of my time, even though I skipped a grade. I was also picked on almost constantly. Since I was bigger than the other kids (taller, with a bone structure in about the 99th percentile) I was called fat, a cow, a whale, etc. until I eventually developed binge eating disorder and actually became overweight. I was also one of the kids who can't handle that kind of hierarchy.

    When I was diagnosed with anxiety as an adult, the time I spent in my childhood terrified I would break a rule accidentally and not know it made much more sense. I just could not handle the near-absolute power of the adults around me, nor the way some wielded it. The fact that anxiety disorders run in my family is one of the reasons I plan to homeschool my future kids.

  3. What a great list! I agree with it all.

  4. I love the list of reasons to homeschool. Thank you. Just stopped by from the Home Grown Families link-up. Now a follower!

  5. new follower from the homegrownfamilies hop.

    I love hearing about old school homeschoolers, the veterans who've been there done that. Love all the comments and links.

  6. Thanks for linking up!
    I wrote an article for Village of Moms about why I chose to homeschool and one of the things I found interesting was the Department of Educations findings that High School kids (9-12 grade) are safer AWAY from school then safer AT school! Statistically. That is just not acceptable to me! :)

  7. Popping over from Home Grown Families. This was very well said. Thank you for sharing.


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