Let's face it. Though homeschooling is becoming more and more an acceptable option for the education of children, we are still the minority when it comes to parenting. It's not just an educational choice for most of us. It's a lifestyle. One not too often understood by non-homeschoolers.
"Why do I homeschool?" You ask? My answer is probably more complicated than I could fit in one blog post, but I'll break down the main reasons the best I can for anyone that is interested to know.
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It's my parental right. And I happen to be a parental rights advocate hehe.
I am a certified elementary school teacher and have my Master's in elementary education; though this gives me a little bit of an upper hand, this doesn't make other parents not certified in teaching any less qualified.
All three of my children have special needs, in which I have to be extra careful what they eat. My oldest daughter, Sophia (8), has a life-threatening peanut allergy, and no one can guarantee her safety like I can. More recently found out my 15 month old son has a cashew allergy. So for us, this is even more of a reason to continue homeschooling. My middle daughter, Milena (6), has Sensory Processing Disorder. A diet high in processed foods, sugar, and food dyes is detrimental to her success in learning and retention, as well as causes her behavior and meltdowns to be out of control. With her being home, I am able to control every bite that goes into her mouth, make sure she's taking her natural supplements throughout the day, and focus on therapeutic activities to help her stay calm, focused, and well behaved. (Also, because of the special needs of my children, and the very likelihood that they have the MTFHR gene mutation, as I have it, it is vital that my children not be vaccinated. Being a homeschool family, this does not raise any issues for us as far as exemptions and school admittance, etc.)
Public school has been grotesquely conformed into a strictly political institution and pure education and academic learning went out the window years ago. I by no means am saying that all public schools are bad. They just aren't what they used to be. The purpose of schools has changed. There is too much constriction, and yet not enough discipline, in my opinion. Public school curriculums are being jam packed with agendas, and history books are written to conform to political ideology. While classes like Shop and Home Economics practically don't exist anymore, and programs like Music and Art are being cut left and right all over the country.
I want to be in control of what is being taught to my children. It is my right as a parent to raise them in truth and honor. I want to choose the foundation upon which my children are taught. I like to incorporate a combination of the Charlotte Mason homeschool teaching style, and the Classical Education homeschool teaching style. (I will talk about this more in a future blog post).
One statistic I find interesting is that homeschooled children score, on average, 15 to 30 percentile points above public-school students on state-wide/standardized testing. While Black homeschool students score 23 to 42 percentile points above Black public school students on state-wide/standardized testing. (https://www.nheri.org/research/research-facts-on-homeschooling.html). And I want to hold the right to have my child tested or not, without sacrificing their learning and character growth by "teaching to the test." We get to learn not just by seat work and typical lesson plans, but by doing and taking action whenever we are inspired... Educational and even fitness inspired field trips on a whim whenever we feel like it or are inspired to. It is my right to give my children a Christ-centered education. For example in the middle of an Earth Science lesson if we decide we want to stop and get on our knees to thank The Lord for the beautiful trees, and sky, and nature around us... We can... In public school my children are not given that right. Core curriculum... Enough said there.
Did I mention politics... Lol
So there you have it. In case anyone was wondering. I hope this information inspires someone who has been contemplating homeschool to take a leap of faith and give it a try. It can be such a fulfilling experience for both the children and the parents.
A Charlotte Mason Education: A Home Schooling How-To Manual: http://amzn.to/2vNwgO0
Habits: The Mother's Secret to Success (Charlotte Mason Topics) (Volume1): http://amzn.to/2vSXPE4
For the Children's Sake: Foundations of Education for Home and School: http://amzn.to/2vNXXWM
The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (Fourth Edition): http://amzn.to/2vSMAeD
More great books on Homeschooling: