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Why Homeschool?: Part Three

"Why Homeschool? Part One"

"Why Homeschool? Part Two"

I slowly began to realize that I am a control freak would like very much to be able to fill my child's mind up with information in a manner that conformed to her parents' wishes and standards, as opposed to the wishes and standards of the National Education Agency or the State Board of Education, not that I considered those wishes bad (at that time). Just that... well... that whole control freak thing.

By the time, MaddieLynn was four years old, she was reading on a second grade level, and I could see that she had no need to go to preschool to learn her colors and numbers. I also began to question why she would need to go away from home to learn about table manners and dinosaurs, like my friends' children, since we already talked and read about those things at home.

We had plenty of friends that we met and played with each week, and besides, I enjoyed spending time with her and she felt the same about me, so we skipped preschool altogether.

By the time Kindergarten rolled around, I had *researched homeschool a bit and we decided to give it a whirl, just for a couple of years, THREE at the most. We didn't want her to be weird or anything, so we told everyone she would go to school starting in third grade.

During those years, we saw how much freedom homeschooling allowed us. We could take a trip or arrange museum visits or spend extra time studying ancient Egypt whenever we wanted to. Without having to notify anyone!

We also noticed that, not only could we incorporate a study of the fruits of the Spirit or the parables of Jesus into our curriculum, we could talk about those things throughout the day as we drove along and ate our lunch and folded the laundry.

We could teach our children that, while learning the multiplication facts is important, the MOST important things are found in God's word.

We grew to love the entire mindset of homeschooling. It became so much more than "school". It became our way of life.

It is not without difficulties and sacrifices and setbacks, but we wouldn't have it any other way now. We have well exceeded the "couple of years" goal we began with and we plan to continue as long as we are able.

*School Can Wait

*Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning: An Approach to Distinctively Christian Education (Turning Point Christian Worldview Series)

*The Big Book of Home Learning : Getting Started: Introduces All Major Home School Methods & Answers Your Most Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. I can’t believe there are no comments yet!!

    Thanks for posting this series about your reasoning behind homeschooling, and especially for the links to resources. I’m strongly considering homeschooling our 2 year old daughter (and baby on the way) when the time comes, but have no idea what all is involved or how to do it. Your posts are helping me get some ideas! So thanks! And Happy New Year!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I would agree Connie that our reasons for beginning to homeschool and our timeframe are so much different now than we when began. We too feel it’s more of a lifestyle than just an educational choice. Thanks so much for your post.
    Julie P

  3. Thank you for these posts about homeschooling. I continue to struggle with this…But as a teacher myself I feel many of the same things you do. When my daughter regularly complains about her teacher and the things she says my gut tells me this is NOT right!! I worked with those teachers too and the bottom line is no one will love your kids the way you do, so what better teacher than that!! You have a beautiful family and I personally know how smart and wonderful each of your children are:)

  4. Thanks for doing this series. I love seeing others’ opinions on homeschooling and the story of how they got there.

    We are just one year in and already loving the freedom hs-ing brings!!

  5. “We could teach our children that, while learning the multiplication facts is important, the MOST important things are found in God’s word.
    We grew to love the entire mindset of homeschooling. It became so much more than “school”. It became our way of life.”

    I could not agree more! I LOVE what you have said. I have a two and a half year old daughter, and one that is almost 6 months old. I am going to homeschool and I can not wait for the journey! I love that I can teach her that God’s word is THE most important thing. I love that I can help her become who God wants her to be. And I love that homeschooling is in fact a way of life!

  6. Beautiful posts. I’m enjoying getting to know you through your blog. I originally linked here a few weeks ago for the chore chart and it is working wonderfully!

  7. Hello there in Texas! Thank you so much for your insight, not only as a parent, but also experiencing the reality of teacher life. You have a beautiful family and I love your reasoning. We’ve been married 25 years this year too. I experienced similar ‘negative vibes’ from teachers and staff when my oldest went to public school kindergarten. After that, we homeschooled – all five of them up to ninth grade. If you view my website you will note how I often speak of how younger children need the Lord and their parents rather than the classroom.

  8. Jennifer says:

    I’ve loved reading this (came over from MSM)! We will officially begin homeschooling next month. It came as a surprise to us…I spent 11 years in a classroom. But we’re so excited! I have been shocked, though, at all the negative comments and rude questions. I had to remind a friend who kept singing the praises of “real” school that I had spent a lot of time there, hence the homeschooling. :) This post gave me the laugh I needed. Thanks.

  9. Hi Connie! I just discovered your blog a few minutes ago and this series on homeschooling caught my attention first. We have two boys, 4 and 1, and have chosen not to send our 4 yr old to preschool…which has already earned us a lot of unwanted opinions! My husband is a teacher and he could have written your post himself…he is always telling me while *he* loves teaching there are far more teachers in our school system that *don’t*, and how he dreads giving our sons up to them for the majority of each day. Sooo…we’ve decided to homeschool! It’s kind of exciting/scary..but mostly exciting :-) I love my boys so much and can’t wait to start the journey with them. Thanks for sharing how you made your decision!

  10. I LOVE This! The first 3 paragraphs describe us SO much…and many of my friends look at me like “they have to go to pre-school, they have to be socialized.” :/ Really? I’m sure they don’t get enough socializtion between play dates, soccer, dance class, church, and swim lessons (and now co-op.)

    We are in the “Let’s try it out for Kindergarten” phase right now…but I already think we will be continuing for their entire education. :)