Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Home Schooling

They are why I stay home. They are why I do what I do!

I have had the privilege to home school our children for almost 9 years now. (I will tell you though that our oldest is in school. He is one of the few that can completely get everything out of school that he can.)There are moments when I wonder why I chose this incredibly demanding odyssey and then I look at our public school system. It infuriates me that we are one of the richest countries in the world and yet, we cannot fund a properly executed school system. There is crime galore. If you are blessed enough to live in a rural area maybe you have a better chance of things working out for you. Orlando is a rough area. Our schools on average are quite behind other parts of the country. We shouldn't be but I remember several people telling me that after home schooling they'd put there kids in school and they were able to skip entire grades. These are the practical reasons I home school. 
Here are the spiritual one's:
Prayer : We can pray at home. We can honor our Lord and no one, as of yet can tell us not too.
Family time: We get to watch our children learn and grow. There is nothing more exciting than to be there when they grasp a concept, learn to read or are successful at a math problem.
Freedom: We can work 1 hour, 4 hours or not at all and skip the day for a field trip because everything is learning. Everything counts.
Work through problems without medication: I am not against medication, but I will not have a teacher or guidance councilor tell me that if I do not medicate my child then they will not teach them! YES this really happened.
Life in general: We know what they are learning, when they are learning it, what games they are playing , how they are talking, whom they are talking with. Sound a little communistic. Yes I agree. No one ever told me that parenting had to be a democracy. The parent always wins in this house.
James Dobson once said 2 amazing things that I remember every day.
1. Does this matter eternally? Pick your battle wisely.
2. When they go to bed at night what condition is there heart in? When they stand before God one day he will not say to us did they conquer the 5 paragraph essay? He will say how is their heart?
I love to home school. I will be taking our children all the way through as far as we can.
I hope that more and more people will embrace bringing their children home. It is something that you will never regret doing!

1 comment:

Heather @ Sugar N Spice Mostly Nice said...

Thanks for the enlightenment! I don't think homeschooling is something I would be able to do, but I tip my hat to those that can.