Though you might be tempted to skip to the more "practical" steps, we encourage you to remember that you need a good foundation before you start building.
Take some time to study some of the reasons to homeschool we've listed below. Use them to create your own foundational statement as to why you want to homeschool.
Yes, homeschooling is a wonderful adventure, but there will be difficult days, too. On those days, you can pull out your foundational statement to restore confidence and vision.
Why Should You Homeschool?
Historical Reasons • Home education dates back to the beginning of time • Modern institutional education began only in the last 100 years • America was founded through the efforts of those who were schooled at home or in one-room schools • Famous homeschooled Americans include: George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Edison, John Quincy Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and many, many more
Academic Reasons • Home-educated students typically score 15-30% points above public-schooled students on standardized academic achievement tests - regardless of parents’ formal education level - regardless of their families’ household income • This academic achievement is not related to - whether certified teachers were involved - the degree of state control and/or regulation • Home educated students typically score above average on SAT and ACT tests that colleges consider for admissions
• The home educated are doing well, typically above average, on measures of social, emotional, and psychological development • Research shows that, at a higher rate than the general population, they: - participate in community service - vote & attend public meetings - go to & succeed at college - respond that they are “very happy” with life
Worldview Reasons • All education is built upon some basic worldview foundation that answers important questions like: - Does God exist? - What is right and what is wrong? • You cannot effectively compensate for 30 hours/week of a humanist worldview with 2 hours/week of a Christian worldview • Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”
Spiritual & Character Reasons
• God’s Word needs to permeate every part of our children’s lives • Deuteronomy 6:7 “You shall diligently teach your children My words as you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up.” • Parental discipleship is powerful and effective!
Think about what you most want to accomplish as a parent. Here are a few examples: - Passing on Faith - Building Character - Fostering Love of Learning - Strengthening Family Bonds -Equipping for Future Service (You can make your own list!)
Now, consider which educational choice will help you make those intentions realities!