At one point in time, all children were educated from the comfort of their home. Some of the most brilliant thinkers, inventors and leaders were actually taught at home. Just to name a few: President George Washington, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Edison, Robert E. Lee, Robert Frost, Agatha Christie, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Louis Armstrong and Albert Einstein. Pretty amazing, right?
But, lets make one thing perfectly clear. Homeschooling is NOT for everyone. It is a lifestyle that consumes your every moment. It is all encompassing. It is overwhelming at times. It will make you question your sanity. Yet, it is the most rewarding thing I get to do.
Common Reasons to Homeschool
Many families feel compelled to homeschool for a variety of reasons. Some parents make the decision because of their personal religious beliefs. Christians aren’t the only religious people that homeschool though. I have come across tons of websites for Mormon, Jewish, Catholic and Muslim homeschoolers. In fact there are many atheists that see the amazing benefits of homeschooling their kids as well.
Other families find it their last option when their child has been ruthlessly bullied without any intervention from school officials. All too often we see stories in the news of kids committing suicide or harming themselves because of bullying. I knew a woman that had moved into a higher income suburb because she wanted her children to attend one of the best public schools in the area. Her joy turned to guilt when her 9 year old came home telling her mother that she was not pretty and wanted a nose job. As a result of body image issues from a young age, her daughter was placed in years of therapy.
Some parents are disappointed with the public school system itself. They feel the schools are not doing their child any justice. The United States consistently lags behind other countries in education scores. Yet, even after countless education reforms and political intervention, parents are still finding that their children’s schools are doing nothing more than producing watered down generations that lack the skills their predecessors attained from a public education.
Whatever the reason, homeschooling may be the right option for you. Then again, it may not be. But either way, if you are considering making the change to a homeschool setting, then I would highly recommend completely extensive research on the topic. Read homeschoolers blogs, contact a homeschool co-op, reach out to other homeschool families for info. One thing I’ve learned, is that homeschoolers LOVE to talk about homeschool. People are more than willing to extend a hand to someone considering this option.
If you are considering the switch to homeschool, and have questions, please feel free to post them here and I would be happy to answer them the best I can!