When it comes to education, I am fully confident that homeschooling is the best and only acceptable option for my child. I’ll also be the first to tell you that it’s not for everyone. I know many wonderful families who send their children to public or private school. While people sometimes get caught up in debating which option is better – the beauty of school choice is that we can each find what works best for our families!
I have a heart for homeschooling. I love being in charge of my child’s education. I love watching him discover what he’s good at, what he enjoys, and what he’s passionate about. I love finding ways for him to learn out in the world. This year we did everything from visiting farms and interviewing farmers (a particular interest of his) to following the path George Washington and his troops took through Central New Jersey during the Revolutionary War. He learns through experience. I love that. And I can’t imagine giving up all the time I get to spend with him.
Homeschooling also allows us to be flexible. Whether it’s my son’s health issues or my husband’s crazy work schedule, we are free to make our school schedule fit our life. We can tag along on my husband’s business trips and explore different areas, we can take as many sick days as he needs and catch up when we can, and we can stay on top of his schoolwork, even when we’re on hospital trips. It works for us in a way that public school wouldn’t. It’s a perfect fit.
I know a common concern for parents considering homeschooling is that their children will struggle with socialization or won’t have the opportunity to make friends. That hasn’t been our experience at all! While we do need to be more intentional about it, there are many groups, activities, and opportunities for homeschool children. My son has been able to make some amazing friends.
I don’t think there are any easy answers when it comes to the choices we make for our children. The most important thing is to seek God and allow Him to direct our steps. For some families, those steps lead to public or private school. For us, our path has always been homeschooling.
If you’re considering homeschooling, I would suggest seeking out other homeschool families in your church or community. Ask them about coops, extra curricular activities, and specialized classes (like gym, art, or science lab) that are available in your area. Ask them what they love about homeschooling – and what they have struggled with. Find out what the homeschool requirements are in your state. Research different curriculums, learning styles, and approaches. Most importantly, pray. Seek God’s will for your child’s education. If the answer is homeschooling, ask him to help you build community and find support. Homeschooling is wonderful! But it isn’t always easy. Leaning on God and finding community is vital.
Have you considered homeschooling? What questions or concerns do you have?
Are you a homeschooling family? What advice would you give to someone considering it?