Homeschooling

Why We are Choosing to Homeschool

We have finally made a decision!  Next fall we will become a Homeschooling family!  I was giddy to find our first box of curriculum on our porch last week…

 

So why are we choosing to homeschool?

  • Public school was absolutely a great option; the schools here in PA are a million (slight exaggeration…) times better than the schools I attended back in Connecticut.
  • The private school option was on the table as well, we are blessed to live in a community that is full of private school options, and one Classical school that I simply adore! 
  • But homeschooling was in my heart. 

What we were looking for:

1. Fantastic education

We wanted to be sure that, of course, our children were going to get a great and thourough education.  I’m convinced that classroom sizes are too big, and that many children might struggle just to keep up with their classmates.  I love that with homeschooling I don’t have to rush through the curriculum. If our children struggle with math facts, I can slow down and make sure that they truly understand the concept before moving on. I can also allow them to focus on what the naturally love to do or are gifted at.  Since we are not paying for private school we can afford to pay for art, music or dance classes.  We can watch to see what gifts our children are exhibiting and let them grow those gifts.

2. Faith-based foundation

I love this quote from John Milton :

“The end then of learning is to repair the ruins of our first parents by regaining to know God aright, and out of that knowledge to love him, to imitate him, to be like him.”

I want the central focus of our childrens learning to be Christ. I don’t want that to be an elective or single class taken throughout the day.  While my children are young and “little sponges”.

I found these notes from my days working at a local Classical Christian School

“In the early years children have a great natural ability to memorize large amounts of material although they may not understand its significance. This is the when you should fill them full of facts, which they will soak up and remember, because their ability to memorize is so strong at this stage.”

It makes sense doesn’t it?  If you are a parent you have most likely experienced your children remember something from weeks, months or years ago.  When our daughter was 4 she saw a field full of geese, she immediately reminded me about the time she was feeding the ducks and a bunch of geese came over and started to peck at her toes. This happened over 2 years prior – when she was just 15 months old!  Little sponges. I’m convinced!

3. Focusing on Family  –

The one thing that stands out to me the most is spending time together as a family, building strong family values and growing closer together as a family.  This is an area that I need to work on as a mom and homeschooling gives me the opportunity and responsibility each day to spend with our children.  Learning more about them, teaching them our values and beliefs, and building stronger relationships with them.  I want our children to learn first, how to respect their mother and father, not a teacher.  My opinion is that by learning how and why they should respect their parents, they will better understand how to respect others.

4. Fun –

Our children are young, I want them to enjoy their childhood. I want them to play, run around with friends and have fun!  You don’t need to worry about our children not being socialized. “Social” is my middle name.  We will be getting involved in our church’s Homeschool Co-op, we will go to play dates and local children’s museums We will spend time traveling and having lots of fun while we learn!

I’ve wanted to homeschool for as long as I can remember.  I don’t fully understand why, but it’s in me.

Many people have said, how will you do it?  You work from home! 

Honestly I don’t have a good answer for that.  I will learn discipline along with the kids. I will get up earlier, schedule my time better and prioritize.  It’s important to me, I’m not taking this lightly. I have already reached out to friends who teach early elementary in public schools.  They are more than happy to support me, answer questions and assess our children if I think we are struggling. They have offered to look over the curriculum and tell me if there is anything missing.  They have all reminded me to read, read, read to our children.

My parachute:

Yes, I do have a back up plan.  I know that things can change and homeschooling may not be the perfect fit for our family.  I won’t know until we try. If things don’t go well we still have private and public school options – both are good options, they are just not in my heart.

If you are or are considering to homeschool your children  I would love to hear your thoughts. Please know that I’m just getting started. I’m trying hard not to become overwhelmed by the vast options for homeschooling curriculum.  I would love to hear your advice, thoughts, tips and yes, please share the curriculum that you are using!

You can leave a comment below!

 

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  • marci@overcomingbusy
    March 12, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Welcome to the dark side!! LOL!! Enjoy the journey!

    • Donna
      March 22, 2012 at 7:42 am

      Thanks Marci, it’s been hard to weigh all of the options but I’ve always had homeschooling in my heart. I’m excited. PS. Because of your wonderful blog (the Homeschool Scientist!) I’m going to 2:1 !! An anonymous sponsor gave me a ticket! I’m thrilled! Plus I’ll get to see YOU!!

  • Laura
    March 13, 2012 at 1:29 am

    This is our first year, and I am in the process of figuring out scheduling while attempting to work from home, too. It’s definitely an experiment, but I absolutely love it and wouldn’t trade it for anything! What I have to remember is to do my best, and don’t sweat it if a lower priority isn’t perfect. So for me, as long as my family is happy, I am in no danger of being sued for educational neglect, and my house is in no danger of being condemned, it’s all good! (Okay, so that may be a slight exaggeration. Very slight. 🙂 )

  • Sheila Wray Gregoire
    March 14, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Donna, we started homeschooling ten years ago. The girls are now 14 & 17, and they’re so advanced (my oldest is finishing up her first year of university online). Educationally it’s been wonderful. They were never bored. They learned so much.

    But the best part has been our family. We’re just so close. The girls are best friends. We talk about everything. And they’ve had time to do things–to start blogs, to excel in piano and guitar, to take figure skating, to volunteer, to have part-time jobs–all things that would have been difficult to fit in had they been in school.

    And our girls have grown up to have a sincere faith. So congratulations! I wouldn’t change a minute for the world.

    Sheila from To Love, Honor and Vacuum!

  • LoveFeast Table
    March 19, 2012 at 10:03 am

    That’s a great curriculum you chose! 😉 For us, we’ve taken each year, one at a time. We have tried to remain flexible to our family needs, each kid’s need, one year at a time. We are like a modge podge of all types of schooling, and it’s worked for us. Some seasons I have been able to school 4 kids, others just two. Next year, I have one that wants to go back to “regular school” and another that is determined to homeschool until high school. There’s no right or wrong way and I’m sure you’ll find the right fit for your family!
    You’re going to do great!
    ~Kristin

  • Kathi
    March 22, 2012 at 1:51 am

    I agree with Kristin (new here by the way, just linked to you from the Allume site)– there is no right or wrong way, it really is just about what is the best fit for your family. Give yourself and your kiddos lots of grace and time to just enjoy each other and you will do great!

    Kathi

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