Is it REALLY that hard to do? Is making the commitment to control your child’s education as difficult as the “public school support voice” makes it out to be? The answer is no.
Homeschooling is legal throughout the United States. Some want us to believe that we are mandated by the state and federal powers that be to enroll our children in the public school system. We are not. As parents, we have the right (and the responsibility) to choose our child’s learning environment.
The public school system is not the only option and homeschooling has become more commonplace as an alternative to public schooling. As the homeschooled family grows, so does the network of support and providers. No longer are homeschooled kids “nerds, loners, socially isolated”. They have become “intelligent, well rounded, well behaved”.
There are so many benefits to homeschooling; flexibility, safety, better focus, ability to control your child’s learning environment, ability to control your child’s curriculum, educating your child at the proper learning speed…. Just to mention a few. You’ve thought about homeschooling your kids. You’ve researched the pros and cons and realized the pros well outweigh the cons.
What next? My advice – Take the leap, and do so full of Faith. It will work out. It is not as hard as you think it might be. In my own experience, removing my 2 youngest children from the public school system was one of the best decisions my husband and I ever made.
Read the News
Read the news. It’s that simple. Children are not safe in their classrooms. School shootings are on the rise. Bullying is on the rise and has become much more cruel and malevolent. Parents are not welcome in schools. Want to go have lunch with your child? Better think again…. You might hurt someone’s feelings or make a parent who does not choose to come have lunch feel guilty about that decision.
Historical facts are being scrubbed in order to refrain from hurting someone’s feelings. Children in the public school system are not being taught educational subjects. Social justice has become the norm in education. Why would a 5-year-old child need to be given the choice to decide his/her gender or race? What does that have to do with education? Absolutely nothing. Why are children being taught that we can choose to deviate from the body, mind, spirit, and soul that God gave us? What does that have to do with education? Again…. Absolutely nothing.
Sometimes, as was the case in our family, the decision to remove your child/children from public school is a ‘heat of the moment’ decision; one made specifically to protect your child’s mental and physical safety. Having said that, the decision wasn’t a snap decision…. We had thought about homeschooling and explored our options a bit, but not enough.
Our biggest roadblock in taking the leap to homeschooling was the social aspect and the scheduling. Could we do it? Could we arrange our schedules so that we could properly educate our children? Would our children be isolated? Would our children be socially awkward?
Turns out, we had no reason to worry. Homeschooling offers a flexibility that absolutely cannot be found in the public school setting. Our kids could do their work when they wanted and at the pace they were comfortable with. Allowing your child to do work ‘when they want’ (within reason of course), allows them to work when they feel the most productive.
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My kids could complete an entire day’s worth of assignments in just a couple of hours. Guess what that does? For one thing, it teaches your child responsibility. They become responsible, right along with you, for their education.
Children value things more when they work for them vs. when something is just handed to them. This also allows you to introduce additional subjects. Kids are hungry for knowledge. They love to learn and are eager to show how smart they are. Encouraging your children to learn about subjects that fall outside the normal school curriculum only helps them to become more well rounded, highly intelligent adults.
You’ll also have more time to teach your children the morals and values that are important to you as a parent. These are things kids will not learn in school. What is important to you? What do you want your child to know? What morals and values would you like your child to use as a platform in life? You have the perfect opportunity, as a homeschooling parent, to teach your children all about what is actually important and relevant to their lives.
As a homeschool parent, you become the entire school system. There are plenty of tools and support available to you. Gone is the day of Mom standing in front of the children with a stack of books and a makeshift chalkboard. All you have to do is look for what fits your needs the best. There are plenty of online schools, some paid, some free. There are support groups, social groups, education groups, etc. that you can learn from and find amazing resources. All at your fingertips.
Homeschooling. Take the leap. You won’t regret it.
Ms Nancy Markel
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