The Decision to Home School

“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.”

Theodore Roosevelt  

Our decision to home school was an easy one. I already knew that public school was designed for a minority of children not for the majority of children. When I was a child I knew that I had been apart of that majority and so had most of my friends. Having that knowledge made it difficult for me to send my children to public school, but at the time I thought that my only choice was the public school system. We were about to do nothing; until one day I discovered home school and that is what we were going to do, home school.

So far we are all very happy and content with the decision we made to home school but you are probably wondering what the motivation was behind the decision.

Freedom is probably the biggest reason to home-school.  But what does that mean, right?

Freedom to:

  • Be with my children when I choose to and now they choose when they want to be with me.  I’m happy to say they actually choose me often.
  • Instill our families values.
  • Be 100% responsible for who they are and what they become.  There isn’t anyone to point a finger at.
  • Choose the books or curriculum with them.
  • Be a family.

The part I love the most is all the wonderful glorious time we have had getting knowing each other.  I am going to get get corny here: the memories that we have collected over the years, the laughter about what ever the boys find funny. All of this has been incredible. I feel blessed that we have had this opportunity to know all three of my boys and to have had this time with them.  That is the best part of homeschooling.  All the rest is icing on the cake.

Take the time right now and write down what your purpose is.  What do you think?

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6 Responses to The Decision to Home School

  1. Blokeschool says:

    ‘There isnt anyone to point a finger at.’ I personally enjoy this aspect of homeschooling as well, but it is something of a double edged sword. Icertainly feel the weight of responsibility behind it. I think it is an idea which terrifies a lot of people, and greatly contributes to a lot of the nervousness about homeschooling in the broader community.

    • MG says:

      You are right. Having assisted many a new homeschooler that feeling of nervousness comes up in many different ways.

  2. Joanne says:

    I never knew homeschooling existed until my oldest was in second grade and really struggling. My sister-in-law (who at the time only had one baby) said, “Oh, I’m NEVER sending my children to school; I’m homeschooling them.” I asked her what that was … I thought I HAD to send my children to school but was very pleased to learn I had a choice. I took them out and never looked back. Now my oldest is almost 21 and my ‘baby’ is almost 17. I am so thankful and blessed to have been able to spend all that time with them, shaping their hearts and minds. I would not have had it any other way.

    I found your site because I’m about to begin homeschooling a 9 year old. It’s been a while since I’ve had that young of a child in my house! It will probably seem like starting over but I’m really looking forward to it. We are quite relaxed about it so I’m sure we will all enjoy ourselves.
    :)
    Joanne in SW MO

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