March 28, 2013
Many emotions are evoked when this word comes up.
- Feeling Overwhelmed
As long as you can read, I personally do not see any reason to not teach your child at home. There are many reasons why. Here are some:
SO much time is wasted in public school! Just the fact that the teacher has to teach 30 children at once and answer that many questions takes an inordinate amount of time, not to mention all of the time sitting at one’s desk while waiting for a question to be answered, waiting for others to finish their work to move on, get in line, wait in line for the bathroom, etc, etc, etc.
Most children are not ‘across the board’ learners. For example, my first child, who is doing 8 subjects in school, has a span of 4 grades/levels within those 8 subjects. She is doing reading on one level, math and grammar on another level, spelling on another level, history and science on another level, etc.
Most children, if allowed to work at their own level in each subject, would fall on this scale as well. This is normal. NO ONE is equally good at one thing as another. That is not how we were made.
However, in public school, students are bored (and making trouble or at the very least, wasting time) during one part of the day, appropriately challenged during another, and completely lost during another. How frustrating!
As I have written before, family is important to me. It does not make sense to me to work so hard to have a family (getting married, staying married, bearing children, and rearing children is HARD WORK) and then only see your family a couple of hours each night.
Yes, I said the ‘S’ word. When in your life did you only socialize with people your own age? Public school! Yes, churches have adopted this ‘only socialize with one’s peers’ approach over the years, and I think this is absurd as well. I want my children to know how to honor their elders, teach children younger than themselves, and get along with all ages. Public school does NOT prepare them for this (neither does Sunday School or Youth Group, but that is another post)
5. Health and Religious reasons actually TOP my list for why we homeschool. In Short, there is NOTHING healthy in school meals (truly) and the Lord tells all throughout the Bible how important it is for parents (fathers, especially) to teach their children (Deut. 11.19). Sending them to public school means they are going to be taught the opposite of what the Word says and then there’s the whole ‘if you don’t see them most of the week, how are you going to teach them?’ question. Even though these two top my list, I am not going to go into them because the main reason for this post was originally to address the frugality of homeschooling.
The main purpose of today’s post started off being about homeschooling on a budget but I felt I needed to give some background first. I will address homeschooling frugally in my next post.