Monday, October 11, 2010

Why do I Homeschool?

By Deana

There are many reasons why some parents choose homeschooling instead of enrolling their children in public or private school. I’m not professing homeschool as the only right choice for all children’s education. And, my reasons for homeschooling, although they are many, are probably not the same reasons as the next homeschooling family’s.  I recognize that for most families, traditional schooling works best for them, for many different reasons as well.
The majority of my friends and family do not homeschool, and I do not judge them negatively for that choice in any way. In fact, I hope my daughter can always play alongside their children, and that I can continue to enjoy the good relationships that I have with my friends. I’d also like to add that my husband and I both attended public school from Kindergarten through high school, and we both were very successful academically, and really have just a few reasonable complaints about our experiences there.
Since we made the decision to homeschool one year ago, many people have asked me, “Why do you homeschool?” Well, honestly, my reasons vary from day to day, but my husband and I know without a doubt that it’s the right choice for our family. When I first began this blog, I wrote these reasons down as I tried to define my homeschooling philosophy. So, here they are, just some of the reasons why we’ve come to believe that homeschooling is for us (in no particular order):

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  1. Deana, welcome to The Homeschool Apologist. Thank you for contributing this post. I enjoy the fact that each of your entries on your list is actually a link to a longer post exploring a reason for homeschooling. That is a creative way to explain your home education decisions.

  2. Thanks so much for featuring, me, Arby & Linda! I love your site, and enjoy reading!

  3. Thanks so much for sharing your reasons, Deana!! I haven't had a chance to visit all your links yet, but I hope to later tonight. But even without linking, your "quick-draw" reasons should provide some folks with a bit of extra "ammunition" for those inevitable questions!!

    One of the links I have already read is "The Sheltered Life". I agree 100%. I believe that it is God's design for parents TO provide shelter and protection from potential physical, spiritual, and emotional harm during the formative years. People criticize homeschoolers for being "over-protective". I applaud homeschoolers for being "over-protective".

    Again, thanks for sharing!!

  4. God bless you, guide you, and strengthen you on your faithful journey.