I am writing this post for those who question the idea of home education, but also for myself to refer to when I am frustrated. Here are my reasons:
- give my children the freedom to be children and have time to explore
- give them a better education than is available in our county
- to teach them what is most important in life (Jesus!)
- to keep my children from the evils they are exposed to in public education
- healthy kids
- focus on character development
- I want to learn too!
A little background information about myself – I am the granddaughter and daughter of public educators. I am a former public educator. My daughter spent half of her kindergarten year in public education. My husband is the oldest of 7 homeschooled children.
Homeschooling my children is something that has always interested me, but I am not sure I would have taken the jump to do it if I had not been engrossed in the public education world myself. I have seen first hand the corruption of our school systems and the harmful effects it has on our children. My goal is not to degrade our schools, but simply to shine a light 💡 on the darkness inside of the cinderblock walls.
For my 5 year old daughter, 8 continuous hours of structure, stimulation, and simultaneous chaos was harmful to her. She still desperately needed hours of free play, a 1-2 hour nap (or quiet time), and a daily routine that made sense. She got off the bus exhausted every day and cried every morning when I dropped her off at school. It was a dreadful routine we had to get out of.
Upon entering the classroom setting, I also noticed my daughter significantly lowering her standards. She would sit with her feet on the table, eat with her fingers, scribble through her Sunday school work, and barely write her name legibly. What is more, she picked up a nasty attitude and ambivalence towards authority. I was appalled at her behavior. Where was my little lady? Had I lost her?
I do not blame Ella’s teacher for her behavior. She was simply copying the behavior of other students in her class. The truth of the matter is that we become the average of who we spend the majority of our time with. Ella was becoming the average of our county, which is not something to be proud of. Unfortunately, our county is saturated with drug use and the majority of children come from underprivileged, poverty stricken homes. These children truly know no better than to stand on tables and scream at their elders.
As an educator myself, I know how impossible it is to meet the needs of every individual student. This is especially true of a class full of 25 rambunctious 5 year olds, several of which are saddled with extensive IEPs and behavior issues. No wonder Ella was slipping through the cracks.
Teachers also are extremely overworked and underpayed. This would not be so bad if they felt appreciated, but few do. The moral is low and this trickles down to our children. This is why I know I can provide her with a better education, empowering her every step of the way
Along with a specialized education plan, I also am able to teach Ella what is most important in life (Jesus 🙌🏼). My Savior is first and foremost in my life. Our school days are no different. We begin each day with a prayer, praise song, and scripture reading. Included into every days curriculum is a bible lesson. I want my children to have a firm foundation so they will never question their faith. “Raise your children up in the ways of the Lord and when they are older they will not depart from what they know.”
While being a high school teacher, it was common to overhear stories of students sex lives or drug use and profane language was the normal. I was horrified to see a generation with standards so low, but nothing could prepare me for my innocent daughter coming home singing the lyrics to obscene songs or showing off provocative dance moves. I can not take away what she has been exposed to, but I can try to lessen the evil she sees from now on. Her innocence can be protected a while longer.
From the time Ella started kindergarten at the beginning of August, until she was pulled out of school in December, my children contracted 5-6 respiratory viruses 🦠 ending in multiple ear infections. My boys, who had never been sick prior, now qualified for tubes to be put in their ears. I could not remember putting them to bed without hearing them cough. I am happy to say we’ve all been healthy since the decision to homeschool. What is better than healthy, happy kids? Less doctors visits, copays, amd prescriptions are always good things!
Probably my biggest regret over the last 6 years would be not taking the time to develop Ella’s character. I had worked full time since she was 3 months old and admit to cutting corners when it came to parenting. In fact, I had cut a lot of corners in life to save time and energy. I now have the time to do the things I have always wanted to, such as recycle, cook healthy meals, and teach my children to live by The Golden Rule. Teaching by example is always best and I am becoming a better person alongside my children.
Which brings me to my final reason for homeschooling: my love of learning! I can not ignore the fact that I am a nerd 🤓 at heart. I love learning something new and sharing my love of learning with my children. We are currently reading little house on the prairie and delving into the ins and outs of primitive living. Ella and I are also learning Spanish together. Hola amigos!
The bottom line is that public education is not for my family. I am open to adversity regarding my decision, however, I know what is best for us.