Thursday, November 22, 2007

Why I Want to Homeschool

I found this article the other day, and it rang true in every corner of its arguments. It matters to me because, although my boys aren't school-age yet, I already see myself as their educator, and we've begun taking excursions into the exciting, scary world of academics.

A year ago I dreaded the thought of Green Bean reaching school age and us having to decide where to send him. Both My Hero and I were open to all the options, but I had no sense of which would be better or right for our son. Then I found this website and realised that if I did it myself, I could provide my sons with an education superior to my own (which I think was very good; I had a lot of excellent teachers throughout elementary and high school). I was filled, and still am, with a passion and excitement to take charge of their education and teach them in a systematized, logical, progressional way. An area of weakness in my own education was that as I switched from teacher to teacher much of my knowledge was fragmented. I didn't know how to put it all together as a whole, especially in areas such as history and science. I think with the big picture in mind, studying the history of the world chronologically three times, each time becoming more in-depth, my boys should have a much firmer grasp of what happened when and what fits where. I feel like education that is done badly is a supreme waste of time. I sat through some college courses in which I learned next to nothing. If I can make their learning time productive, active, and logical, I feel like they will come away with a much fuller, richer understanding of their world, how it works, and where they fit in. And of course I get to remain their main source of authority on moral and spiritual truths, which gives me peace and puts a fire under my pants at the same time.

But when people ask me where I plan to send my boys to school, I find myself reluctant to admit that I've decided to home school them. I feel like there's a strong bias against homeschooling, a lot of preconceived ideas about what it is...not among my immediate family, thankfully, but many of my acquaintances. And I know sometimes homeschooling is done badly, in which case the kids are not at an advantage. But I just felt this article expressed articulately, something I often feel incapable of doing, all my reasoning behind wanting to home school my boys. It's nice to have that choice affirmed so intelligently.

3 comments:

Laura said...

:) You always seem so organized to me. I'm sure you won't have any trouble finding the time to educate the boys at home. And do it well.

Nina said...

I think you'll make a great homeschool Mom. We're classically educating the girls -- at least, that's what the goal is. I love The Well-Trained Mind. It's my other Bible. I'm not as diligent with some things as is recommended in the book, but overall we do okay, and I do love the way they do History.
After you've been homeschooling a while, you'll be less sensitive to the reactions of others when they find out you homeschool. When you know you're doing the right thing, your kids are learning, and your family life is all the richer for it, you just don't care as much what other people think.

Anonymous said...

My wife and I homeschool our 4 children - ages 15, 12, 7 and 5 - and have from day one. It is rewarding, fun, adventurous, challenging and, at times, difficult, but at the end of the day it is glorifying to God.

Check out http://www.tapestryofgrace.com/usingTOG.htm. This is an excellent cirriculum and allows your whole family to be involved and engaged in your homeschooling.