- I can get through the curriculum at a faster pace than the schools can, and in fewer hours per day.
- We have more flexibility in the curriculum. My kids are learning Spanish and I'm looking into Latin.
- I can provide one-on-one instruction.
- I have a job that allows me enough flexibility that I can devote blocks of time to my kids.
- It eliminates the homework battle. No more sending the kids to school 6 hours a day to end the day with another couple of hours of homework. 2-3 hours and we're done.
- I'm more efficient than the schools.
- My oldest child was routinely verbally abused by a teacher in the 4th grade. As a parent, my kids aren't my job, they're my future. I don't need to waste my time undoing the damage bad teachers cause. The teachers only have them for 9 months, anyway - I have responsibility for them for 18 years.
- We can actually discuss God and religion in the context of history (and anywhere else), providing a more complete education. Really - you can't get through history without talking about God and religious devotion. Religion has dramatically influenced history.
- Speaking of history - there's a whole bunch of it before the landing of the Mayflower. My kids are as familiar with Julius Caesar as they are with George Washington.
- The kids are comfortable speaking to adults, and enjoy playing with kids of all ages. The schools segregate by age.
- If anyone's going to brainwash my kids, it's going to be me. I don't want the kids being taught the political nonsense du jour.
- Mercedes and Jared are closer to each other than most siblings. They are also close to their nephews. We enjoy a more tightly knit family than many others.
- They actually know how to play! I don't have to plan every spare moment for them - so they know how to entertain themselves. Legos, reading, dolls.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Why do YOU homeschool?
I'm often asked why I homeschool my kids. I have a number of reasons.