One of the Essentials of Homeschooling is knowing why you are doing what you are doing- what is your purpose. Let's face it- schools do teach, there are some great teachers out there, government schools are already paid for and we live in a dual income world. Really, reality doesn't recommend homeschooling. So, why are you Homeschooling? Having a sense of PURPOSE is every bit as important as choosing curriculum, setting a schedule and other essentials we'll be talking about all week. Without one, it is very easy to lose your way.
Some common reasons for homeschooling:
Academics in local school lacking - kids are advanced or behind or lost or don't care.
Kids have hard time sitting still for long hours every day and you don't want to drug them into submission.
Kids have medical issues
Kids don't fit in, are teased, bullied or have other social stresses
Common Core is confusing, concerning, etc.
Religious instruction in government schools is not congruent with your belief system.
Sex Ed in government schools is not congruent with your belief system.
LD or Gifted child not given adequate instruction, challenge, interaction, guidance or time.
Family has opportunity to travel extensively or are expats
Family lives off grid
Child identity is not integrated into family identity when publicly educated
Child identity is not connected into a culture, ethnicity or religious base when publicly educated
Personal and faith values are corroded in public education
Child's personhood (their individual identity) is devalued by peers in public setting in order for them to maintain standards of the group.
Here's the deal:
you can homeshcool in reaction to the system: by homeschooling we are protecting our child from x, y or z.
It's kind of like the whole milk issue. You can say,"We avoid grocery bought milk because we are protecting our kids from ingesting the Bovine Growth Hormone."
Or you can say, "We buy alternative milk in order to build our children's strength and immune system."
Both statements might be true, but one is about avoidance behavior and fear while the second is reaching towards a level of health that is challenging and responsive. The first reflects fear, the second reflects faith.
We homeschool in order to give our children a firm foundation-
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