Why do I Homeschool?

There are many reasons why some parents choose homeschooling instead of enrolling their children in public or private school. I’m not professing homeschool as the only right choice for all children’s education. And, my reasons for homeschooling, although they are many, are probably not the same reasons as the next homeschooling family’s. I recognize that for most families, traditional schooling works best for them, for many different reasons as well.

The majority of my friends and family do not homeschool, and I do not judge them negatively for that choice in any way. In fact, I hope my daughter can always play alongside their children, and that I can continue to enjoy the good relationships that I have with my friends. I’d also like to add that my husband and I both attended public school from Kindergarten through high school, and we both were very successful academically, and really have just a few reasonable complaints about our experiences there.

Since we made the decision to homeschool one year ago, many people have asked me, “Why do you homeschool?” Well, honestly, my reasons vary from day to day, but my husband and I know without a doubt that it’s the right choice for our family. When I first began this blog, I wrote these reasons down as I tried to define my homeschooling philosophy. So, here they are, just some of the reasons why we’ve come to believe that homeschooling is for us (in no particular order):

5 thoughts on “Why do I Homeschool?

  1. My family started homeschooling in Dec 2011. My children attended a private school, my oldest attended and graduated from this school. My second child(son)experienced horrible bullying issues. Homeschooling was never in my thought process,"I could never do that"! Well…. now I'm the Mom/Teacher for my son 13 and daughter 11. The best thing I've done as a Mom so far! I believe you can raise an adult to be proud of, one that is learning ideas, values, etc. of your family instead of their friends at school.

  2. What a fabulous list of reasons! I think my family shares most of your reasons for our own homeschooling. It's a wonderful life isn't it?
    Enjoy summer!

  3. You so articulately stated how I feel as well. I too wrote down in my journal a personal philosophy of homeschooling when we started so many years ago. Today was a really rough day for school but I would not trade it for anything. Having my girls home means the world to me and I KNOW God will guide us as parents and my girls will KNOW that God is guiding them too.

  4. There are so many reasons on why or how we educate our children… While the families who send their children to school aren't wrong for that decision (and could probably easily write a list of valid reasons why they do), for those of use who homeschool, it often doesn't feel like there's any other choice. Even on the tough days!

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