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Unlike many homeschooling parents, Jeff and I do not believe homeschooling is the only way to educate one's children. Each family comes.
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My Kids are Free to Learn and Grow at their Own Pace in their Own Way

I feel that I am giving my children the absolute best that I can — time, I think this falls under your freedom category. Time with their family, time to grow, time to play, time to explore, time to learn, time for health and well being. Just writing about it makes me smile as my kiddos eat their breakfast muffins while sewing. Enjoyed reading it. Part of my decision to homeschool was I wanted to live without regrets or second guessing.

I had no idea the investment it would be into my own joy. I just recently began to home school my daughter after a short stint in elementary school. Just so you know, she got her deep belly laugh back in just a few short weeks. Michelle — That is really beautiful! That made it so worth it to me right there. Belly laughs are truly priceless!

8 Reasons Not to Homeschool

He loves to learn through exploring and is a bit ahead in the academic side of the public schooling since I have at home encouraged anything he found interest in like wanting to know the names of all the planets at 4. I promised him this summer we would try homeschooling and see how it goes and whether or not we all want to continue with public school or homeschooling. I have had the privilege of home educating my children for 21 years. I have 5 boys, ranging in age from 21 down to 8. However, one that stands out to most everyone we have the pleasure of being in fellowship with; regardless of station in life, is the strong sense of family identity and concrete values that my children exude.

In a world where people are constantly pulled this way and that; it is really really refreshing to see your children grasp the concept that their most important relationships, negotiation skills, diplomacy, compassion, skilled debate, etc. Teri — I think that is beautiful.

Why I’m not homeschooling anymore

That is lovely feedback for you and encouraging for those of us early in this process! They can develop their own sense of style, their own taste in music, art and literature, etc. Kika — I could not agree more with both of your points. I LOVE being the one who gets to discover more about my kids by watching so many intellectual and scholastic firsts. In some ways watching these discoveries the joy of language, reading, art, science, etc are even more significant to me than those first teeth coming in and first coos because it is a discovering for me of their whole inner worlds.

And, yes, the freedom to chose who they are, want to be, what they like and dislike, apart from pressure has been really incredible. I wish I could have read something like this when I was considering homeschooling, Misha! Instead it seemed everything had to do with the specifics of curriculums, subjects, socialization—scary stuff! Thanks, Jamie. I remember reading a what-I-wish-I-had-known article by a mom about her first week of homeschooling and being completely dumbfounded by it. She had many good points, but her main was: relax and enjoy it, it is so much more fun than you realize.

Now I see what she meant. Great piece with points to ponder. Thanks, Megan! Love this post. One of the real benefits for us is the freedom and flexibility that you mentioned. As his teacher, I get to make that call, and I love being able to do that. I love being able to do that, too! I have a different perspective than many of you, but I so appreciate your sharing, Misha.

I think that can look different for different kids. So anyway, thanks for sharing your thought provoking ideas. I look forward to your next post on this topic. I appreciate it when families are genuinely open to either possibility. We have opted to do public school as well, but will remain pro-active in their learning. Right now we are mostly content with our local elementary school as part of their education. Making a list of the benefits for each kind of schooling—public and home school—helped me come to terms with our decision. Our children get a quality education with their teachers at school, and when they are home with us, the opportunity to educate them at home in ways that fit their individuality and our values.

Whether we home school or not, parents should embrace the privilege and responsibility of educating our children. I agree that homeschooling is not the answer for every child at all times. Thank you both for sharing!

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Both my brother and I also did entirely different types of education as children concurrently. I completely agree that you have to approach what is best for each individual child and for each different season they are in. We did a list exactly like Julia describes — a list of benefits for each type of education, for each child. For us, honestly, the answer came in prayerfully considering things we may not even be able to see as parents. Both types of education my children have done initially made me cry because it was not my plan for their lives. In other words — I agree with you.

They LIKE school.

Why we homeschool, despite how crazy it can be!

I think if you are considering the learners first, sending them to school is a fine option. If they are happy and motivated there, your children are very likely getting a quality education. Catherine, I faced this when both my kids were in school and it became clear we needed to move them. I took one week during a spring break and made every attempt to win their hearts over by meeting the needs we could see were not being met for them at school.

Maybe a creative approach would help to show them what you can see you can give them through homeschooling, but they may not be able to see yet?

They had some very legitimate concerns that we could help address then. Ie: What do they like about school? And could you help meet that in adjunct ways with homeschooling? One of the benefits, it seems to me, is the opportunity for giving your child the time and attention you and your child both crave. Thanks for this post. Tacy and Sam — That is exactly what I hoped for. I will be doing a Part Two for this article in May with more things I hope will help you both. Thank you for your comments.

What about the kids? In modern society kids form friendships with their peers at school more than any other place. Also, being with other children teaches them people skills and how to work with people they might not like. How will your children achieve these important life-skills?

L — You know our kids have also expressed the fact that they wished they sometimes had more kids around so your comment is very legitimate. This part is easier though cumbersome. Fortunately, our schooling options are many. Researching them public school, alternative public schools, private schools, charter schools, and homeschooling with its many options; R-4 affidavit, Independent Study Program, or Correspondence Schooling is critical to making an informed choice.

Spend your time on the ones that philosophically suit you the best. The reading list I've offered is geared toward exploring homeschooling. Mary Griffith's The Homeschooling Handbook for a brass tacks resource guide and look at the range of homeschooling options, and. Homefires: The Journal of Homeschooling for an in-depth overview of what kind of resources are available for homeschoolers in terms of ideas, classes, support, and field trips.

Whatever kinds of schools you are considering spend time in a classroom. Talk to the teachers and administrators about their methods. Notice their style. Discuss philosophy. Read their recommendations regarding the philosophy of the programs that appeal to you. How do you feel in their presence? How would your child feel? Most schools have introductory nights for prospective parents between January and March and welcome individual parent inquiries and observation anytime of year. Visit homeschooling support groups such as park days, independent study program sites, coordinators and resource teachers.

Most homeschoolers will wholeheartedly engage in a discussion of their experience if you make clear your questions and concerns. Several organizations including Homefires offer "Introduction to Homeschooling" presentations where they cover the basic philosophies, methods, and legal options and open the floor to questions.

There is no particular order to follow in addressing these concerns but rather it is like a stew.

8 Reasons Not to Homeschool

Add all the information together in your brain and heart and let it simmer. The best solution for your family will plump up like a fat tasty dumpling! Can you grant me access? Hi, I am currently a junior in high school and am about to start the school year, however I am trying to convince my parents to let me be homeschooled. I am a very independent learner and would be teaching myself which is what I have to do in school anyway because they do not adequately cover the material Part of me convincing them is to create a presentation that shows I would be fully covered for Junior and Senior year.

So much so that I just want to stop the process, but then I think about how much I dislike traditional school and start researching again. I guess my question is, is there a blog post that you have about high school curriculum and what you use?