The Top Ten Reasons I Homeschool

How our experience with public school affected our decision to homeschool

I’m taking a break today from the Navigating the Red Tape series to link up with
List It Tuesday

     I know that ”Reasons why I homeschool” posts are a dime a dozen, but this particular list will refer specifically to how our experience with public school affected this decision. I could probably list more than ten reasons, but for the sake of time I’m going to limit myself.

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1. My children can learn about what interests them, and God is never a taboo subject at home.

When Arianna was in 2nd grade, her teacher asked the children for examples of authority figures. One child answered ”God” and was told that since not everyone believes in God, she couldn’t include Him as an authority figure. What kind of a message is that to children being raised in Christian homes? At home they’re taught about the sovereignty of God, and at school they’re taught (often by teachers that they assume know everything) that God has no position of authority.

2. We don’t have to wake up at the crack of dawn and rush around to get ten children dressed and ready for school.

I know what you’re thinking…get everything ready the night before! In theory, this sounds wonderful, but in practice, it’s laughable. Have you ever heard of Murphy’s Law- if anything can go wrong, it will? Yeah, well, my house is a prime example to the validity of that. I could have all the clothes, shoes, and backpacks neatly lined up and ready, and without fail, something would still be missing when it was time to leave!

3. We don’t have to walk to and from school in inclement weather.

We’re a one-car family, so every morning I would have to bundle up a baby and two toddlers to walk the other children to school in all kinds of weather- heavy rain, snow, freezing temperatures…you name it.

4. I don’t have to report to anyone when one (or all) of my children is sick.

I understand the concept behind this…I really do, but when I’ve got eight kids throwing up, the last thing I’m thinking of is calling the attendance office.

5. I don’t have to worry about unexcused absences.

When Caollin was in kindergarten, I was pregnant with Ireland. At the end of my pregnancy, I had to go in for non-stress tests 2-3 times a week. I would often take her with me and then drop her off at afternoon kindergarten. The one day, the doctor was concerned and had me stay on the monitor longer because the baby wasn’t very reactive. I called the school to tell them that Caollin wouldn’t be at school that day. I explained the situation and the fact that Caollin was with me, and I couldn’t leave. The secretary then proceeded to tell me this would be an unexcused absence because it wasn’t Caollin’s appointment!

6. There is no crazy time when the kids all arrive home.

I love my kids to death, but I used to dread when they would all come home from school because they would act completely nuts! There would be screaming, fighting, backpacks and jackets thrown everywhere, papers strewn all over the place…it was bad.

7. There is no homework.

I know that technically, everything in homeschool, even play, is considered home work, but this is different. The kids used to all approach me for homework help at the same – and it was frustrating because I would have no idea what they had learned all day. Algebra homework was the worst with my daughter because, I swear, the school must have bought the cheapest textbooks available because her book had no explanation of how to do anything! The teacher didn’t help matters, either, because she would only check to see if the students did their homework (they probably could have written anything); she never went over anything!

8. There are no unexpected, um, friends visiting our house.

I’m not referring to human friends; I’m referring to those little friends that are too small to see. (Don’t mind the bold type. My phone is going loopy.) Colds, flus, viruses, and the absolute worst-lice- used to make unexpected appearances in our home. To make matters worse, the school’s lice policy was terrible. They wouldn’t even inform the parents when a classmate was found to have lice because, and I quote, ”It’s not a health issue; it’s a social issue.” Yeah. Try telling that to the mom who has to treat a dozen people and rewash everything in the house. I’m guessing you can tell this is a sore spot with me.

9. I don’t have a million papers being thrust at me everyday.

Fundraisers, school pictures, permission slips, PTA notices…oh my word. There were days I honestly used to feel like I was going to have a panic attack. If you think I’m exaggerating, think about it. Take a look at all the papers accumulated for one child multiplied by 10!

10. We can follow our own schedule.

It just makes more sense for our family to learn year-round. A 12 week break can’t be very good for retention. Beyond that, my children need the structure. Even though we have started unschooling, we still have a basic schedule that we follow, and it’s a lifesaver!

We are so blessed to live in a country where we have the opportunity to homeschool our kids. Reasons for this decision may vary, but never forget to take advantage of the freedom that accompanies homeschooling.

Do you homeschool? What were your deciding factors?

Also linking up with
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http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/2014/01/hhms-favorite-posts-hip-homeschool-hop-1282013/

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http://www.joyfocusedlearning.com/2014/01/anything-goes-link-up-10.html?m=1

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http://proverbs14verse1.blogspot.com/2014/01/wise-woman-linkup_28.html?m=1

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Author: Shelly Sangrey

I'm Shelly, a Christ-following, homeschooling Mom of eleven children ( okay, not ALL children. My oldest is 23.) I met my husband right after graduation, and we've been together ever since. Though my life can be hectic at times... okay, ALL the time, I wouldn't change it for anything.

19 thoughts on “The Top Ten Reasons I Homeschool”

  1. Great list! I love those reasons – We homeschool so the kids learn to be friends with each other, we can go on vacation and other places on our own schedule, and I can use the best eduction methods from each philosophy in a way that works for each child individually.

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  2. We homeschool because we don’t live in America right now. We are coming home soon though so I’ve been paying more attention to public school. I can sympathize with all the inconveniences! Especially x 10!

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  3. Hi from HHH!
    I am a former public school teacher who now homeschools. I am passionate about education and I thought “Why go to work to teach other people’s children when I could stay at home and teach my own?” I looooove homeschool. Through the years, I’ve reflected on many of the reasons you listed. No homework, no sick days, no bureaucracy deciding what my children learn.

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment! I’ve known so many teachers who have either started to homeschool, like you, or have wished they could afford it. (I secretly think they COULD have afforded it. If we can do it on one income, almost anyone can!)

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  4. Homeschooling is something that I have been giving a lot of thought to recently since my daughter is supposed to start PreK this fall. Obviously budget is a concern (among others), but do you happen to know any places that offer part-time legitimate work-from-home options that could help with that? Thanks again for this! It’s always great to read why someone else is homeschooling.

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    1. Believe me, budget was a big issue with us, too. Surprisingly, you can actually homeschool while spending very little money. The library has a treasure trove of resources you can use for free. Our library has books (obviously), toys, DVDs, and lots of story times. Another great idea for you would be Five in a Row, which I’ll actually be writing about tonight. It’s a unit study which gives you a list of books and activities covering every subject for each one. You can either buy the books on the list or do like I did and borrow them from the library. There are also lots of free printables online you could use, too. I could go on and on. My daughter is also 4, and while I haven’t done much formal work with her (unless she initiates it- I got her workbooks at the Dollar Store), she is learning loads. At this age especially, play is primarily their most important form of learning. As for employment, I have been trying to brainstorm on that myself because my husband has been supporting the twelve of us on a welder’s income. I know it’s possible to earn money blogging, but since I’ve only been at this for 6 weeks I’m hardly an authority there. Possibly selling baked goods or handmade crafts? I’ve been talking to my 14 year old who loves photography about framing some of her photos and selling them at craft fairs. I hope this helps!

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