6/04/2014

Why I Want to Homeschool, and Why I Think You Should Too

Hey there! So today's post is going to be my opinion on homeschooling versus public school. I went to public school my whole life, so I know how public school is. I also went to lots of schools and know all about the differences they can have. I never thought about homeschooling until recently. I have a 9 month old son and I can't remember exactly what it was that made me start thinking about his education. I just remember that homeschooling sounded like an okay idea and I thought I would look into it. The more I did the more I love it!
Okay so let's get right into it!
Reasons why I want to homeschool, in no particular order:

  • Freedom! The first thing that really got me thinking about homeschooling was the freedom. I just remember thinking "wouldn't it be nice to be able to take my kids on field trips and vacations whenever we wanted!". Truth is: YES! It would be an amazing thing! And the other, crazier truth is it is a reality! Many homeschooling families go on vacations when other children are in school, making it less expensive and meaning there are less crowds. Also might be easier to get off work because, well, no one else is asking for it! 
  • Educational Freedom! This was the second biggest thing to me. I can teach my kids how I see fit. Meaning I will be able to incorporate gospel doctrine into my teachings. It also means that my kids can spend more time on subjects they want, learning what interests them. I feel that public schools can stifle a child's interests and their personality. I don't like that kids learn to hate learning or not want to learn outside of school. They think learning is only for school, and they dread the word "homework". At least I know I did!
  • No Bullying! No one wants their kid to be bullied. Right? It's just a fact. Good, loving parents do not want their children to be bullied. So naturally I don't either. But here is the sad truth: parents think it's inevitable and just allow it to happen. I don't like that train of thought, but I used to be like that. I was under the assumption that it would be good for my kids to have that experience. That they needed to know what it was like so they could handle it in their adult lives too. Here's the, no, here's one problem with that: I haven't been bullied as an adult. Yeah I run into people that I think are rude or that I don't like, yada yada, but I can't recall being bullied. I know it happens to some people but I think as an adult it's considered abuse and it's something, we as adults, know to get out of. (Geez! I'm going on and on! Haha sorry but I am very passionate about this point.)
    So anyways, I know I can't stop bullying completely! If you let your kids go outside your house, chances are they will be bullied at some point. So by homeschooling I reduce the risk substantially. I wont shelter my kids from everything. Actually the opposite! I WANT my kids to experience life! I want them to be immersed into as many cultures and experiences as they can! So yeah! Homeschooling will reduce bullying, plus I can be there to help my kids get through it and they wont be afraid to come to me. My main point is that parents shouldn't just throw their children to the wolves, instead if we all taught our kids how to be well mannered there wouldn't be any wolves in the first place. But we know that that wont happen. So instead I'm going to teach my kids to be awesome at home and they can reflect that in the real world. 
  • Closer Relationships! My children will want to come to me with questions and concerns and we will have a closer relationship throughout their lives. I don't know about you, but I want my kids to want to come to me with EVERYTHING! And yes I mean EVERYTHING! :)
  • Learn What They Want! I mentioned this a bit earlier, but I love the idea that my children can learn more of what they love and less of what they don't. And they can spread the time out by spending more time on what the love and get through the other stuff fast and be done. I also love that they can be themselves! They don't have to please their peers! 
  • Peer Pressure Gone! Okay, so chances are they will still get a little bit of peer pressure in sports or play dates or something. But they wont be in school 6-8 hours a day with children their own age telling them that in order to be "cool" they have to ______. I am grateful to know that my kids wont have to deal with that and that when they do experience they will come to me and learn how to deal with it instead of being scared they wont fit in, like at school. And since they have to go out of their way to make friends (good for helping with making them social), they are less likely to be friends with someone that tries to make them do something they don't like.
Well, that's my list so far! :) What are some reason's why you would want to homeschool? And what are some reason's you wouldn't want to? Keep it friendly! :)