Some readers have been asking me why we have decided to homeschool our children seven years ago. Here is a blog that I wrote some time ago in as our initial reason why we decided to go this route.
As time went by, we found ourselves with so many challenges. Of course, I am not just a homeschool teacher, I also wear so many hats in life – just like everybody else. It always worried me that I was making my children late in their studies (what was I thinking? I’m still measuring them by the regular schools’ standards). In the seven years that we’ve homeshooled, there were 2 deaths in the family, I gave birth twice, countless numbers of hospitalizations and my hubby left us to work abroad for two years. During the first few years we homeschooled, I was also filled with so much self-doubt. Was I doing the right thing for my children? Shouldn’t I just go to work and help my husband earn money? Am I being a bad and lazy wife for deciding to stay at home with our children? So many, many doubts. With so many things happening to our family coupled with all of my self-doubts, it would have been easy to just give up altogether!
So here are some of the reasons why we’ve continued to homeschool:
1. You just can’t beat the family togetherness.
We’re together 24/7 and though there are days when it can just drive me crazy, the opportunity to guide each of our children is always there. I’ve always received comments and questions about how I can get all my children to obey me. This used to surprise me a lot because obedience is a given in our family. After receiving those comments, I started observing others and I can see that there are really some parents who find it hard to make their children obey them.
When their dad came home after two years of working abroad, I was able to decide that we will not be doing any school for about 3 or 4 months. Our family needed time to reconnect, to work again on strengthening our bonds. Since Dad was not able to work immediately, we had the opportunity to just enjoy each other at home and work on getting to know each other again.
2. There are plenty of options to take for the education of your children.
In regular schools, a child is forced to follow the system even if that particular system is not suited to their personality. That is why a child who happens to be kinesthetic and can’t stay put for long periods of time will not do well in a school setting where everyone is required to sit still for 45 minutes to an hour. The child who is so intelligent and who is working fast will be bored with a class’ slow pace. In the same way, a child who needs more time to work on a particular subject will be left behind. All these have resulted in the child being labeled as slow, stupid, dumb, problem child, etc.
With homeschooling, you are able to know your child well and work on her abilities. All of my children are different and this is how God made them to be. Over the years, I have slowly gotten to know them and their learning styles. In understanding their learning styles, I’m able to make curriculum choices that is suitable for them. Oh the joy of being able to throw out a curriculum that doesn’t work for my child and not forcing her to mold herself into the curriculum!
The reasons to homeschool are many and are mostly personal. I will end this part here and will write again soon!
I’d love to hear from you as well why you decided to homeschool your own children. You can post your comments here.