More and more people are choosing to homeschool their children these days because they have discovered the benefits of homeschooling. When I consider the benefits of homeschooling, I also see the reasons why I homeschool.
#1 To Provide a Christian Education
Proverbs 22:6 admonishes us, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” The scriptures do not leave us in doubt as to what “way” is meant. Christian parents are directly responsible to God for raising up children who know Him, love Him, and follow Him in every area of life.
“And these words which I command thee this day shall be in thine heart: and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house and on thy gates.” Deuteronomy 6:6-9.
#2 To Provide a Custom-Made Education
Homeschooling allows you to customize your child’s curriculum to fit their learning style, readiness, interests, and abilities. And if one curriculum is not working, you have the freedom to stop and select a different curriculum – we have changed math curriculum in the middle of the year because it was not a good fit for our family.
You don’t need a set time to homeschool. When you have a child living with multiple health issues and spend many days in a hospital or doctor’s office, you discover the joy of homeschooling is schooling around your schedule. Yes, I plan our curriculum out with a four-day-week to allow Friday off; but sometimes we have to homeschool on Friday if we have a doctor’s appointment one day during the week – I love this flexibility!
Homeschooling allows my family opportunities to participate in church ministries, music lessons, field trips, scouting, soccer, dance, and community volunteer work because it does not take all day to complete the school work.
Homeschooling affords us some wonderful opportunities to shape our children’s lives and to tailor their education to their unique specifications. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t without its challenges. Next week, I will look at the challenges of homeschooling.