Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Why we Homeschool, Year 1- Part 2
Yes and no.
No, it's not perfect
Yes, structured learning takes about 45 minutes, 3 times a week
No, we are not shut in out house all day long.
Yes, Jesus, character building,manners and discipline are parts of our daily conversations.No, we never stop learning even when all the printables, books and manipulatives have been put away for the day or having fun
Yes, building friendships for the boys is important to us
No, we don't think we are better than anyone else in the way we've chosen to educate our children
Yes, it's messy
I did giggle quite a bit watching this young man's video on the 7 lies about homeschoolers. Although, I do agree with the 15 reasons to homeschool from Heart of the Matter, I think the angle of a few of these questions might imply those who chose other avenues don't have that value and I don't believe that should someone chose public or private schooling that equates in different values necessarily. I believe she is comparing as to what some people are afraid they are homeschooling for the wrong reason. I understand as I thought going in to this, am I afraid of the world, potential abuse, bullying, etc....Those are not my primary reasons for homeschooling though.
Our reasons (I know some of these same reasons could be why another family chose another education route) at this stage are
1. I want to be with my children all day
2. We want our children's main role model, influence to be us.
3. I want to see their beautiful faces as they light up discovering and learning about the world around them.
4. I want to help them see that same world through the eyes of God
Yes, some of these goals can be accomplished through other learning approaches. We chose to walk this journey of homeschooling while pursing these goals. Update: Another great article on the advantages at Homeschool-How-To. They discuss why some people are against it here.