SEP
06
2009

Why I Homeschool

At the start of the year, I find it helpful to remind myself why I homeschool. I tend to doubt our decision every year, sometimes I doubt my own ability to teach, sometimes I worry about social aspects, sometimes I’m just lazy and the thought of getting it all together is just overwhelming. This year I really decided to step it up and commit myself to this journey. Please understand this is really more for me, so that when I have a bad day at school, I can look back and remind myself why we’re doing this. (Disclaimer: I understand everyone has their own reasons for their schooling choices, these are OUR reasons for homeschooling, please keep comments respectful.)

1. God. This is the number one reason: I am called. Really I could stop here. I remember about 7 yrs ago after being newly saved we found ourselves at a marriage bible study. The couple leading the study homeschooled. As soon as I walked in and saw their room and all the fun stuff, and how awesome their family was I proudly stated “I WANT TO HOMESCHOOL!” She politely reminded me that maybe I should have some kids first ;o). Well, God clearly took care of that for us, blessing us with 4.

So starting with the Word, though I tried to deny it at first, I believe the bible lays it out plainly for me. Ephesians 6:4 states: “Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” Deut. 4:9 says “Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.” Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.” Deut. 6:5-7 says “Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”

This last one stuck with me because I wondered to myself, how am I to teach my children when we sit at home, when we walk along the road, when we lie down and when we get up if they are gone all day long? How can I hide God’s word in their heart if most of the opportunities happen when they are at school? How can I truly impress upon their hearts if I only see them at dinner and at bedtime?

2 Cor 10:5 says “…bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” How can I make sure they learn to bring every thought captive to Christ if they are spending 80% of their day with someone else?

Isaiah 38:19 “The living, the living–they praise you, as I am doing today; fathers tell their children about your faithfulness.”

Luke 6:40 states “A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.” Which teacher do I want them to be like?

And finally, Romans 12:2 “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” I had to let go of preconceived notions of what I thought homeschooling looked like and realize that I do not answer to this world, but to Christ.

Again, it came down to time: how can I teach my kids if they are not with me during the everyday ordinary comings and goings?

2. Opportunity: The opportunities for spiritual, character, academic, social, and family time when homeschooling are AWESOME! I truly believe the traditional American family is disintegrating. Its too easy to get caught up in the business of this world, running from one activity to the next … or whatever takes up our time…(blogging, LOL!) We can become so busy running around we forget to actually spend time together. Homeschooling affords our family the precious commodity of time. Time spent together, and frankly that’s really what our kids want from us, our time. It breaks my heart when I hear people say they can’t wait for school to start again, as if their kids are burdens. I sometimes feel that if my kids were in school I could get so much done! But I’m quickly reminded that ‘me time’ isn’t in the Bible, well it is, its just referred to as ‘selfishness’. Then I am reminded how quickly time passes, and how few years we have our children with us before they move on to their own lives. If the average person lives say 85 years, then the 18 years our kids spend with us is less than 1/4 of their lives. I don’t want to look back and think I didn’t spend enough time with them, and 3 hours a day just isn’t enough for me.

3. Academically speaking homeschoolers typically rate 37 percentage points higher than public school students. The average homeschool 8th grade student performs four grade levels above the national average (Rudner study). At home, I can make sure we have mastery of subjects, go at the right pace for each child, have one-on-one (not one-on-twenty) teaching, and I can tailor my curriculum to their needs.

4. Social: So that leaves me with my social reservations. I still struggle with the idea of this sometimes, and we have debated it over and over. I think I misunderstand the word socialization as that the notion that spending time with 30 other 6 year olds is in some way ‘socializing’ my child. I read this in an article by Manfred B Zyskthis: “Go to your local middle school, junior high, or high school, walk down the hallways, and tell me which behavior you see that you think our son should emulate.” LOL! I looked up the word ‘socialization’ and found some disturbing things. I do not want to ‘convert or adapt my children to the needs of society’. I do want them to be able to function in our society, but that does not mean they need to be assimilated into society like the Borg. We are in this world, but not of this world.

I do think they need to spend time with friends, and we have committed to making sure out kids are involved in enough ‘outside the home’ activities like sports, dance, church, and homeschooling co-ops that we are confident that the amount of time our kids spend with others their same age is appropriate. Not to many activities though, we still focus on our family time as a priority. I hear so many homeschoolers say that they over-socialize.

Considering my opinion means nothing, we have to ask ourselves what the bible says about socialization?
Proverbs 22: 24-25 “Do not make friends with the hot-tempered, do not associate with those who are easily angered; or you may learn their ways and get yourself ensnared.”
1 Cor 15:33 Do not be mislead: “bad company corrupts good character.”

5. Our Goals: We asked ourselves “What do we want our children to look like when they’ve finished their formal education? In Luke 2:52 it says “And Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and men.” We want them to learn to trust in the Word of God, to have it hidden in their heart. We want to train them in the way they should go, so it may go well with them. We want them to be healthy, confident, and to know they are beautifully and wonderfully made. We want them to keep their childlike faith, and we want them to be a light in this world. We want them to “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks [them] to give the reason for the hope that [they] have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” (1 Pet 3:15) We want them to be confident, to have good manners, to be compassionate, to be respectful, and to be humble in spirit.

That’s a tall order for a teacher, and frankly I’m not sure they’d be able to comply at our local school. Honestly, I’m not sure I can do it either, but I’d rather trust God to work through us, ratherthan leave it up to a stranger.

Lastly, and on a more selfish note, we can protect their innocence a tad longer. We don’t have to deal with peer pressure, my kids haven’t watched Harry Potter, they still like Clifford and Curious George. They don’t wear suggestive clothing or makeup because everyone else does, they don’t beg me for a wii or an iphone, and they don’t look down on their younger siblings because they aren’t cool anymore. We don’t have to worry about car-pool, unhealthy lunches, or bad teachers. And my personal favorite, we don’t have to get up at 6am everyday to get out of the house for school! (This alone is enough to keep me homeschooling!)

Well that’s it, my ridiculously long blog post about why we made this crazy commitment, and why we’ll stick with it, for this year anyway…

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Comments

  1. What an incredibly well-written and thorough explanation of your family's decision to homeschool. I'd like to print it out and have it screen printed on a t-shirt so I don't haven't to go through the whole homeschooling explanation everytime we're in public between 8 and 3 on a school day! Thanks for sharing that…

    • If you get a shirt made , can you make me one too!? ;)

    • Chaundacey's Mom says:

      I found this website by searching for easy crockpot recipes. (swim team practice starts Monday!) I’ve been homeschooling our almost 9 year old daughter for two years now. I knew I wanted to homeschool as soon as I found out I was pregnant, but knowing that we were only going to be able to have one child, thought it was wrong. Well after our Chauny Girl developed a stutter from bullying, I knew I finally had to answer God’s call. I must say that when we are out in public during the typical school day, our ladybug will proudly say that she is homeschooled and what she has accomplished already that day. I just smile because the public already has to figure out why my body is the way it is due to having rheumatoid arthritis for the last 23 years (since I was 13). Thank God for 4H and public speaking because I think she had learned how to handle herself so much. I am now going to pass along this blog to all homeschoolers I know! Thank you and thank Him for you! =) -Colleen

  2. Hi, I'm a new reader. :) I'm glad I was introduced to this blog. This was very well written and I'm truly inspired. Thank you for taking the time to put this out there.

  3. Excellent post! I did this myself in 2005 ( http://preparingforrain.com/2005/09/why-we-homeschool/ ) and I refer back to it every time I wonder just why I homeschool. It has been a great motivator for us to remember why we started homeschooling in the first place! I think every homeschooler should do this. :)

  4. Thank you for this post. I feel very much the same, though can't articulate it as well as you have! So, I may be referring back to this on those challenging days when I need a "pick-me-up" or a reminder of "why on earth?" I'm homeschooling…lol

  5. AWESOME! This was SO well written! Thank you SO MUCH for taking the time to write all of this out. What a wonderful post. I'm bookmarking it :)

  6. This is awesome. I agree with you in all this and you really did a great job in explaining it.When it comes down to it It's all about the word of God. It's great.

  7. Well written! What a fantastic idea to ask yourself why you homeschool at the beginning of each year. Although we haven't officially started yet (my daughter is only just about to turn 4), I can see how sometimes I'm "on a roll" and looking up tons of activities and learning experiences and other times, it's just another to-do list item. Thank you for "keepin' it real" when things aren't always going as planned!

  8. Well written! What a fantastic idea to ask yourself why you homeschool at the beginning of each year. Although we haven't officially started yet (my daughter is only just about to turn 4), I can see how sometimes I'm "on a roll" and looking up tons of activities and learning experiences and other times, it's just another to-do list item. Thank you for "keepin' it real" when things aren't always going as planned!

  9. I just want to say that I love your blog and you inspire me in so many ways!

  10. This is such a well written explanation of why you homeschool. I agree with it all! I think I will be posting many of those scriptures on the wall in our homeschool room to remind myself why we are doing this!Christi E.

  11. That is a great description of why to homeschool. I am a public school teacher and I can tell you right now that when I have my own children I would rather homeschool. I would hate for my children to conform to what is happening in public school.

  12. I am new to your blog and my husband and I are considering homeschooling. All the points you hit on have been the catalyst for this decision. Thank you for speaking the truth and enlightening me. It is very overwhelming at this point to sift through all the curriculum literature and websites. How did you narrow it down?? Thanks for any input you may have.Shelley :)

  13. Shelly, I have a post on getting started, hope that helps answer some of your questions:http://www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com/blog/tag/getting-started

  14. I just found your blog and love all of your ideas. I am LDS, and agree wholeheartedly with your scriptural references as to why to homeschool. We only have our children at home for such a short time, and we have a lot to teach them before that times ends. I don't currently homeschool (we live in Puerto Rico temporarily and have our son enrolled in an all spanish private school) but I do try to work with him after school and with our toddler during the day. We try to have family night once a week and nightly scripture study and prayer, but your blog inspires me to do even more! I love your ideas and can't wait to implement them in my home and incorporate more gospel centered teaching as well. Thanks! Julia

  15. Thank you for your honesty… This is my first year homeschooling and I struggle day to day.. I LOVE spending the time with my kids but some times I do not feel like I am enough.. Thank YOU for your blogg!!!

  16. Love your blog. FILLED with great stuff! I am a new homeschooling mom, and I am filled with excitement about our upcoming journey. I, too, made a list of our Reasons for Homeschooling…and once I 'come out of the closet' to all of our immediate family about our choice to homeschool, I will post my list. I really enjoyed every aspect of your list as well. I am guessing I will need the encouragement, and often, of remembering why I made this choice!I thought of another great verse for you to add to your list of verses under Social, for the flip side (you know, that elusive and impossible thing called Balance!): "Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching." -Heb. 10:25Anyway, your list was an encouragement to me and our newest gutsy choice to say yes to God's nudging. Thanks!!!

  17. Thanks. I have been homeschooling for 2 years and you have inspired me to add this to my blog (currently under construction). It would be great to have this to refer to each year…and on those tough days. LOL!

  18. Thank you so much for this! I hope to promote myself to homeschooler soon but my husband does not see it as I do. His biggest reservation, though I'm sure he has many, is socialization. Prayer and the word of God will hopefully change the lens through which he looks. Thank you for heeding God's call on your life! I can see it is inspiring many!

    • My husband read the book “Homeschooling from a Biblical Worldview” by Israel Wayne and it completely changed his outlook on the whole concept of homeschooling. I suggest you have your husband read it if you want him to see what God and what Man both have to say about schooling (public vs private from a Biblical view). It totally changed my husbands way of thinking and we start homeschooling this year!

  19. I agree with every reason you stated, I love it! Coincidently, I just wrote an essay for my college english class portfolio on this exact subject. (http://crispspreschool.blogspot.com/search/label/My%20Homeschool%20Choice)My children are still preschool age, but I am "practicing" for the real thing next year. It's fun and I am excited. Glad I found your blog. Thanks for your hard work to help the rest of us that have no idea what we're doing!!

  20. Lovely family. You have a beautiful heart and I will look forward to reading more of your blog. As a new homeschooler I need to be reminded that I was called to this journey no matter what obstacles are thrown my way!I will follow :)

  21. Elisabeth Tyler says:

    I just read your reasons for homeschooling and felt like I was reading my own words on someone elses page. You expressed exactly what my heart is feeling. These are the same reasons my family homeschools. Thank you so much for opening your home and letting us share your ideas and share in your faith. God Bless.

  22. That explanation is exactly why we do this. Thank you for writing it down, you have inspired me to write my own, and i've realized that I need to be better about "knowing" why we homeschool so I can be better prepared to share it with people. Sometimes when people ask me why I homeschool I feel like I get that deer in the headlights look because there are so many reasons, how do you pick a couple to talk about in a reasonable amount of time without getting on our soapbox? Thank you for this blog! I know it must be hard, I can't even imagine homeschooling my kids and trying to keep something like this going, but you are touching the hearts of so many homeschoolers out here!

  23. Well put! Many of these reasons are why I've been pulled toward homeschooling our kids throughout elementary school, but I haven't yet. I do homeschool my preschoolers though. Here's a post where I talk about why. http://theylendmetheirhearts.blogspot.com/2011/01/why-babydoll-wont-be-going-to-regular.html

  24. This post made me cry…. and want to shout, YES!!! but my kids are in bed already.

  25. oh, erica, this is precious. priceless. TRUE.i have been on the homeschooling journey for NINE(gasp!)years now if i count that year of "preschool" that i did/didn't do. . . we had three four and under at that point and i was CLUELESS.your scripture-filled post has encouraged MY heart this morning, and let me encourage you that you are RIGHT-you are standing on the Rock of His Word, and it will be GREAT. :)home educating got SO much easier once i finally decided(around year six after my kids were IN p.s. for a year–horrors that i am STILL finding out about)WE ARE IN HOMESCHOOL FOR THE LONG TERM.what a relief. no more "keeping up" with false standards of success, no more worrying about whether they will be able to "make it". . .God takes care of His children.Blessings to you and your sweet little brood!btw, i am using your chore chart now–for the second week. the kids like it, I LOVE IT–you have a gift for visually organizing things that WORKS for me. THANK YOU.~april

  26. I happened to stumble across your blog, and I just wanted you to know God totally used it to encourage me. Especially this post. SO thanks a lot!

  27. Thank you for this!Beautifully said.peace,amy

  28. Hey, I just started reading your 10days of Homeschooling Enrichment and came across this article of "Why We Homeschool". I could not help but feel a "Amen sista!". Thank you for posting this and helping me get started with our family's vision. The moments we have with them are precious indeed. God bless you and your family.

  29. Brilliant! Couldn't have said it better myself. Awesome Job!

  30. I LOVE this blog! I currently teach preschool at a christian school & often use many of your materials! On a personal note, this blog & this post has me seriously considering homeschool my children someday (although they dont exist yet ha!) Thank you for your inspiration! Blessings!

  31. Thank you for this post – and your entire site. A dear friend in my co-op introduced it to me today & it has been a great encouragement – will definitely be using some of your GREAT ideas! Blessings to your sweet family.

  32. Am considering homeschooling (my girls are only 3 & 1) & stumbled across your blog. This post is so well put. It made me feel even more drawn to homeschool. I'm excited to check out your blog further.

  33. This was absolutely wonderful and I felt like you read my brain and wrote this! :) (It actually made me tear up!)We are taking our children out of public school for this coming school year and will be starting homeschool…We are super excited! I am super overwhelmed but I have come across your blog and feel more at ease the more and more I read. God bless you for taking your time to blog to help us mothers out…much love from Georgia! :)

  34. We are taking our children out of public school this year also and was guided to this page by another "newbie"…thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and your heart. I am very nervous and excited at the same time. Reading your blog was just another confirmation that I am making the right decision. Lots of love from Georgia !!!

  35. I am also taking my children out of public school this year. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and heart. I am nervous and excited at the same time. This was like confirmation for me to know that I am doing the right thing for MY children. Much love from Georgia. Thanks so much for making us "newbies" feel better.

  36. Anonymous says:

    Well written. Homeschooling is the best decision we ever made. I am confident we will never, never regret our decision. It has completely changed our family dynamics in the past 3 years. God has blessed us beyond words to express it. Enjoyed reading your post. God Bless :)

  37. Very well written! Thank you for being an encouragement & a blessing! You remind so many of us of why we started homeschooling, the call of God on our lives and our children and what a blessing it really can be:) I’m enjoying all of your ideas as well!

  38. Rana Hurley says:

    This post is/was such a blessing to read as we prepare for our 2nd school year. I have been following your journey for about six months, I want to thank you for your obedience to God by blogging, it truly helps others.

  39. keri kent says:

    We are transitioning from public to homeschool this year with 3 kids, 10, 8 , and 5. My oldest has high functioning autism and being in the public school he is behind. We are taking a leap of faith, being so frustrated with public school and crying after every IEP meeting that lasted 3 hours. Instead of being at the mercy of the goverment I would rather be at God’s mercy and let Him coordinate my life. Your website is great, looking forward to homeschool and reading your blog.

  40. I could not have listed, “my own” reasons as well as you just did. Thank You for taking the time to write this Blog post. I not only enjoyed reading it, but listening to your reasons, and realizing they were mine as well really helped renew my own confidence and drive to continue homeschooling my children.

    Keri<3
    Sahm to my 2 little Online Learners

  41. I identify so well with your reasons to homeschool. I feel as if you took the words out of my mouth. This blog is fantastic and the site is even better!! Regarding the term socialization, I believe parents/guardians are responsible for teaching appropriate social behavior/manners. This word is misused/misunderstood. Interaction is the word I have choosen for when my children are with peers. It is necessary, but only in small doses! Thanks for the site/blog! May the LORD continue to bless you and your family and may you be encouraged daily on this path. You ar ea great encouragement to me!

  42. Courtney Bollino says:

    I stumbled upon your blog about a month ago….and let me tell you, this is a great blog!! My two sisters and I were Homeschoold up unto High school for 2 of us, and my other sister, up until Jr. High. I am going to start Homeschooling my preschooler in about 2 weeks!! I read this article, and it sure spoke to me. I was myself, struggling with the socialazation aspect, thinking, ok, great, my kids won’t be around other kids. BUT, I read your point, and it is sooo true. This really spoke to my heart, and I appreciate you posting this and speaking so honestly and warmly. I know can go and HS my son with no worries!! God bless you and your family!! :)

  43. I clicked on your website from my friend’s webpage. While I am a public school teacher, and don’t agree with homeschooling, or it is not for me, I enjoyed reading your reasons and also enjoy getting ideas from other educators no matter where you teach. I, too, must evaluate my reasons for teaching at the beginning of the year, and you had some wonderful scripture and thoughts for me to apply as well as I begin this school year. Thank you!

  44. Thank you for sharing your “why” list!! I’ve been wanting/meaning to get this done myself, but I just haven’t had the time/courage to gather all my thoughts and ideas for it….. Perhaps I should write an outline LOL! ANyway, thank you for sharing yours!

  45. Annie Campbell says:

    I absolutely agree 100% with your belief system and your commitment. How heartwarming and endearing to read your words of honesty and truth. I am encouraged and strengthened in our decision to homeschool our girls. As you have said, once God calls you, YOU KNOW IT! We have prayed over this decision since our firstborn was about 1 year old. She is now 4.5 and we are confident that this is God’s plan for us. Thank you for your blog, for your transparency, and for your work through Him! God Bless you and your precious family!

  46. Hi Erica. Well Put. My mom told me these very things when she and dad decided to homeschool their four children (myself and 3 boys!). That was 26 years ago, and now I am happily homeschooling my two boys (with the loving support of my non-homeschooled Hunny) with these same ideals driving me. I LOVE your blog, it’s very realistic to my experiences, which makes me happy knowing I’m not alone. God Bless You and your beautiful family, and Viva la Home School!!!

  47. This is exactly what the Lord knew I needed to read today, thank you! This is our second year of homeschooling. I need to be grounded and rooted in the Word so when the craziness of doubt and exhausting blow in I don’t run away;) Homeschooling is a conviction, not a preference. Thank you!

    • Well said Sister!

    • Amen! Thank you Erica for this and thank you Julie! I still remember the day God laid it upon my heart and I looked t my husband and said this (homeschooling) is what God wants for our family. I don’t know how we are going to do it but he knows ! It is a conviction! This is my 1st year and although hard worth every moment!

  48. Monique Martinez says:
  49. You article is beautifully written and brought tears to my eyes! I have been struggling with my decision on homeschooling since my son was born and I now have made my decision. Everything you said is exactly what I want for my children. Will I homeschool? My answer is an emphatic and enthusiastic, “yes”. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. Hopefully, one day my kids will thank you too.

  50. Machelle Womack says:

    WOW! Well said! I felt like my thoughts and feelings were spoken through you! What an amazing post. So many of us feel the exact same way. While we feel like we shouldn’t have to explain our reasoning, sometimes we just need people to understand. Your points were so valid, THE scripture was right on, and the reasons are so heartfelt. Thank you for sharing your journey with us. I myself am a newbie and so I am still in the ” overflowing joy phase”. I can’t wait to spend time with them and teach them and watch them grow. I have thrown out all regrets of not having done it sooner!. It was Gods plan for me now, not back then! can’t wait to check in on your blog regularly. Many blessings to you and your family.

  51. I can’t help but think that if I were to be the only one to ever teach my children, wouldn’t they end up only liking and being good at the same things as me?
    I am a very pro-active Public School MOM, but came here for investigating other opportunities.

    • Hi Andrea,
      I suppose if you only exposed them to things you were interested in that may happen. You can also provide them with opportunities to do things outside the box though that THEY are interested in. My kids do various sports, and other outside the home activities, lessons etc. depending on what they’re interested in trying.

      For example, my son played Lacrosse for the first time this year. I know NOTHING about that sport, but a friend suggested it. He absolutely LOVED it!

      So I think if you’re concerned about that type of thing, then you just make the effort to provide the opportunity for them to branch out ;o)

      Also, just because you are good at something does NOT mean your child will automatically be good at that same thing. My kids are all different from each other, and from me. Their personalities will come out no matter who is teaching them :o)

    • Andrea,
      I started teaching my kids at home 26 years ago. My daughter who is 35 is married with two children of her own. Her husband is a doctor (who was also home educated and his father’s background was amish) and my daughter writes. I have son who owns his own company and is married and expecting their 3rd child. I have a son I adopted at birth who is now 18 and played on Team USA in basketball this past summer. He has scouts flying out next month to talk to him about playing for them.

      You can have your kids in public school and as a parent you can limit who they are and what they become or you can let go of them and let God have His way in their lives and let them use the talents He’s given them and they will become more than you could have imagined for them.

      By the way my husband drives a fork lift for a warehouse. It’s not about you it’s about God and His plan for your children’s lives. The decisions we make each day impacts the lives of our kids and either we impact them or we let someone else do it.

  52. Thank you. Your thoughts echo mine and I appreciate how you were able to put this out there without the condemnation of public school I get from so many homeschoolers!

  53. Just wanted to chime in w/ so many others and say that your explanation and reasoning is pretty much exactly how my husband and I feel about homeschooling. We aren’t even in the school years yet, have a 2 yr old and almost 1 yr old (girls) but have felt the call of homeschooling for these same reasons since before they were born. Both of us grew up in Christian homes but went to public schools, so it’s a whole new world in a sense for us, as it was for you. It’s incredibly encouraging to learn from others with the same motives and desires. Thanks for sharing!

    • Toshia korkmaz says:

      My children are the same ages (both boys). ^_^. And i agree with your post!

    • I completely agree as well! I have a 3 y/o and 18 mo/o. Ever since our 3y/o was born homeschooling has been laid very heavily on my husband’s and my hearts. I am still in the exploring/discovery phase of finding what program will work best for us – so glad I found this site, it seems to have a great support group!

  54. This is my first year to “seriously” homeschool my two girls ages 2 and 5. Thanks for being a voice of encouragement out there for me. I’m glad I tripped on your website tonight. I will certainly be back and save your blog in my favorite stash of goodies. My struggle in talking about my choice to homeschool with other non-homeschoolers is trying not to sound like I’m “judging” them or putting them down by explaining my reasons for doing what I’m doing. Sometimes I just tell people my kids are in a private school (which is true, just not in the same way most people think about it.), so I don’t have to engage people in conversation about what I do and why. Anyway, it was good to read your reasons and I agree with your motivations.

  55. That is such a wonderfully phrased explanation. I have been having a difficult time, recently after starting this homeschooling adventure just one month ago, but your words really blessed me. Thank you for that. May God continue to bless you in your journey as well.

  56. Toshia korkmaz says:

    Wow, your site makes me want to home school my children even more than previously thought! Thank you!

  57. soooooo encouraging!!!!!! Thank you!!!! i am blessed & so very encouraged & in agreement!!

  58. I’m a new reader and dabbling in Pre-K homeschooling…not quite knowing if this is the road we should take for my two boys. But, this post just helped put a lot into perspective and now I’m actually building a “backbone reason” for wanting to homeschool. thank you thank you thank you. I REALLY needed this push & guidance.

  59. I have been following your blog for quite some time, but never had a chance to read your reasons for homeschooling. My thoughts exactly! And I kinda figured your #1 reason would be just what you have listed ;)

    I used to teach in the public school system, so I totally understand what you are saying..and it is all spot on.

    I began homeschooling solely based on academics. Boy did I have it wrong! Still, God was so very patient with me and little by little, He began to change me. He brought books, people, and certain Scriptures into my life to help me see and understand the ‘real’ reason He had called our family to homeschool. When it finally dawned on me, I was baffled as to why it took me so long to ‘get it’, so to speak. When I finally gave our homeschooling over to Him (and this is an everyday struggle for me) I felt as if a weight had been lifted and we started making changes :)

    Isn’t it wonderful God will still call us and use us to do something even before we ‘truly’ understand why we are doing it?

  60. Thank you! Our twins recently started public school and the idea of homeschooling has graduated from an idea in the back of my head to a constant source of conversation and thinking between my husband and I. Fortunately, we are in agreement and I know our homeschooling journey will begin soon… Your reasons so articulately sum up exactly our feelings about why we want to homeschool…

  61. All I can say is Thankyou for taking the time and energy to make this website. I am a mother of 3 under 4yrs old and I know how little you have, but you have just completely changed my life.

  62. I think the biggest reason we’ve started to lean toward homeschooling is because of the society we live in and the influences in the world. I look around and see things that I just don’t WANT my son to learn. And if I can keep him at home, help decide WHO he associates with and when, I feel like I can have a better grip on the kind of person he is going to become. That…and I really do love getting the extra hours of sleep in the mornings.

  63. My sister (a homeschooling mom) suggested I check out your blog as it is one of her favs. As I was browsing through I came across this page. I teared up because it was like my heart was picked up and put on a piece of paper. The pastor just used some of these same verses this past Sunday when he spoke on parenting. Even though the pastor never mentioned anything about homeschooling, I felt God impressing on my heart that those verses were meant for me to do just that. My daughter is 2 1/2 (& another one due next month). Now I am just praying that God will impress HS on my husband’s heart the way He has for me.

  64. summer chandler says:

    wow, this has given me something to think about. my oldest starts school next fall and i can’t decide if i want to homeschool or not. i feel like we need more money to do all the homeschooling things. buying ink cartridges just to print stuff out takes a cut in our budget…. i have three and am expecting our fourth in january. guess i’ll have to just see how i handle them all before i make up my mind. i don’t want to fail my daughter. i think i would really enjoy homeschooling, but it costs money to do all those crafts and activites. i enjoy reading and getting ideas from your blog. you have really inspired me to do more activities with my kids. they love it. and i appreciate the free downloads you offer. that is so kind of you. thankyou so much

  65. I can’t tell you how THRILLED I am to have discovered your blog! I have been a public school teacher for the past eight years. I am now pregnant with our second child, and as soon as he arrives, I am quitting my current teaching position so that I can stay at home and teach my own children. I also feel that God has called me to do this, and though my husband doesn’t make a lot of money, it’s a sacrifice that we’re willing to make so that our children can receive the best education possible and have the best childhood possible. I applaud you for sticking it out and for having a site that can encourage other moms. I can’t wait to read more!

  66. Your Reasons for Homeschooling resonate in our hearts. You articulate it so well, where I have difficulty putting it into words. We love you blog, and often use your free printables too. Thanks so much for all your time put into helping us other homeschooling mums out :)

  67. Lori Mayfield says:

    Erica, Thank you for an awesome blog…one that I will use for my first grade classroom. No, I don’t homeschool. I’d be lying if I said I never thought about it. However, circumstances never worked out, and after staying home for almost 10 years, I am back in the classroom teaching mostly impoverished firsties. I use as many opportunities that I can to show my own 3 children how so many lives are different from ours. I try to shelter them from what I can, and raise them up in the way the Lord would have them to go. I truly enjoy your blog, as encouragement to work at home moms, and the teachers that are out there that want to make a difference in others lives: to be the moral backbone that is not evident at home. Pray for us daily…it is truly tough out there, but I see so much hope in each face. For each of you at home: Great job…keep up the good work!

  68. I just can’t believe how many things you said that just exactly sum up my feelings of why we homeschool too. We are finishing our first year and I can say I will never go back to public schooling if I can help it. It is such a blessing to be able to be with your children. Thanks for the great summation!

  69. Sigrid Righter says:

    Hi Erica,

    I wanted to post this to my facebook page as I have many friends who are also homeschooling and I thought they would enjoy reading this article. However, I just wanted to check with you first and be sure you are ok with me posting a link to this page. Many others have already said this, but I wanted to reiterate how well you put into words what I always want to answer others when questioned about my decision to homeschool. Beautifully written and inspiring. Thanks.

  70. How on Earth did you get in my head and organize my thoughts? I cannot thank you enough for sharing your reasons why so eloquently! I have desperately been trying to organize all of my why’s and then I found your blog and this post in particular and you have encompassed all of my thoughts! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

  71. Thank you! Thank you! I cannot even say how much I appreciate what you have written. Every aspect is how I feel but I have not yet been able to put it into words. I only have 2 little ones right now, with my oldest being 2, but the thought of homeschooling has been pressing on my mind. I really feel its the direction that I should go and like you stated the only reason I have found for me to not home school is for selfish reasons and I just can’t justify it. It has been difficult to bring the subject up to others because almost all of my friends frown upon homeschooling and I just could not put it in the right words. So thank you for reminding me and encouraging me to press forward. I am so grateful for all the efforts you have put forth for new moms like myself to being our journey homeschooling. Thank you!

  72. Beautiful…I’m in my 6th year of homeschooling…and still trying to find my groove (of course, it doesn’t help that my older two started later — one has all ready graduated and now my younger ones are just now starting). Thank you for sharing your “reasons”, so many of them I looked for the “like button” or found myself whispering an “amen!”. Be blessed.

  73. Wow! Very encouraging, thank you!!!

  74. Risherrah says:

    I am new to your blog and absolutely love it! This has been my first year homeschooling and we have really enjoyed it… even the challenges! These are all the same reasons we have felt compelled to homeschool, in addition to safety. Your ideas are fabulous and I love your links to items you use that I feel could work with what we do. I would love to know if you ever had any ideas on how to keep an 18 month old busy during school time? Puzzles and art do the trick for a time, but… Again, love this blog! It has been a blessing to me already :-)

  75. Your post says everything that has been on my heart! I have four daughters that have been schooled both in private and public schools.I have always been a SAHM. I chose to go back to school to pursue my nursing degree in the fall of 2011, when my youngest started kindergarten. I thought it would be great having them all in public school but it has been stressful. Two of the four come home almost everyday angry or at the least cranky. As I’m writing this I’m thinking about this afternoon with my 9 year old. A battle ensued over writing riddles to describe force and mechanics words. I don’t want my children to hate learning. I don’t want to dread the time I spend with them. I’ve been praying about this for so long and feel like God led me to your site. Thank you!

  76. I love what you have written. This is my 2nd year technically homeschooling, but our first full year. I found your “workbox” and info on pinterest! Thank you sooo much for posting! We have been looking for ways to better motivate my 8yr old with work and get things rolling better for her. I love the ideas you have here and I am enjoying reading your blog! Thank you pinterest for helping me find you!!! : )

  77. Thank you so much for sharing all of your successful activities with us. As a home based teacher for birth to three you give me so many ideas to work with my case load. You also give me the hope that one day I will be able to homeschool my own children (even though they are in public school right now, my goal is to homeschool). Thank you for being a devoted Christian, Mother, and Teacher. Those are the most important things that you can give any child!!

  78. What a blessing to have stumbled across your site and hear your heart! Iwas, myself, a homeschooled student. Being brought up “in the world, but not of it” especially in a homeschooling family was challenging, but excellence has followed. When I had children of my own, I desperately wanted to homeschool, at least in some capacity. But, I am not an analytical mind and the idea of planning out our activities and cirriculum seemed daunting. And then, I found your site.

    Like a gift from God just when I needed it (on the eve of my two children wanting / needing to enter preschool and the expectation of a third child soon to arrive). It was like a burden being lifted. I laughed and almost cried and said out loud, Thank you, Lord. You’re right – I Can do this! So, I have downloaded your cirriculum for PreK and 4K and am using the spring as a time to gather myself and my needs together for a wonderful year of homeschooling ahead.

    All that said… Thank you for being sensative to the Spirit. To God’s calling for you and your family and the obvious gifts that He has poured into you. And, for being open enough to share not only those gifts, but the journey you walk in faith. It has already made such a difference for me and my family as we prepare for the educational future of our children, and I look forward to reaping wisdom and encouragement from the path that you have already walked.

    God bless!

  79. Wow!! What an amazing family you guys have! I believe the Lord brings people and things into our lives at the perfect time and I believe He brought your blog to me at a most amazing time! My husband and I have been praying for a long time over the decision to homeschool. It has weighed heavily on my heart for a long time but I tried to dismiss it. When I just read your sentence above stating “when the Lord calls us, we are to be obedient” it was a “moment” for me. We just solidified last week that I would start homeschooling for the next school year and reading that was the “nail in the coffin”. I have to be honest and say it all so incredibly overwhelming but I know in time I will catch on. I would LOVE to pick your brain and get some advice on so many different things…especially curriculum. We will have one girlie going into 1st and our girlie will be going into 3rd. ANY advice you could provide would be coveted!! :) Everything just seems to be a foreign language at the moment! LOL!! Thanks for any help you can provide and for an incredibly blog to gain more knowledge!!

  80. Hi! my name is corey Brock and I am new reader to your blog. My dear friend told me about it and I am hooked! I just wanted to say thank you for this post (and all the rest of them!). We are starting our homeschool journey with pre-K and preschool right now and will start kindergarten in the fall! I am expecting my 4th baby in Oct. and wondering how in the world I am going to do it! This blog post just reassured me that we are making the right decision about homeschooling though! Thank you!

  81. My husband & I have been so inspired by your blog. Our boys are 2 & 1, I know we are ahead of ourselves, but we are preparing our hearts, minds and home for homeschooling and we know God is calling us. Thank you for this post, I plan to make a list of my own & frame it to put on the wall in our future classroom that we are remodeling. Thank you for using your talent to serve God and help others (like me, who are scared-but trusting God- about homeschooling.

  82. My daughter is 13 months old and I have been contemplating the idea of homeschooling in our future. Well, I’m sold! Thank you for your explanation. I agree with everything you have said, especially on how the family today seems to be deteriorating. What an important thing you have committed to doing for your children. I look forward to using your blog as an incredible resource in the years to come.

  83. Hi Erica,
    My husband and I have decided to Homeschool starting next year. We were overwhelmed and terrified when I stumbled upon your website. I found this post “why we homeschool” and suddenly I found myself taking a deep breath, and resting in the Lord. I forwarded a link to this post to a couple of my friends in the same boat. This post, so well said, really inspired them as well, and got them over that hump of “can I do this?” and all the feelings of inadequacy that were holding us back. I doubt you have time to read all this, but I shared my experience here, http://beezwax-mylittlelife.blogspot.com/2012/04/homeschool-here-we-come.html, and I just want to thank you so much! You’ve been an inspiration, and encouragement! What you do has been such a blessing to my, and my friends, and soon, to my family as well. Thank you!! (I purchased your Letter of the Week curriculum and LOVE it! I’m now looking into All About Spelling. I’m so excited about the year ahead!!)
    Thanks,
    Jenny

  84. Erica, thank you for making your blog such an inspiring place! I’ve started some homeschooling just last week and found your site really helpful. =) I LOVE LOVE LOVE reading your posts and the meal plan is on my kitchen wall! Just knowing that a mother of 4 can be so organized, I am immediately encouraged. Now I have a 3.5-year-old and one coming. May the Lord bless your work, your husband, and all your kids!

    Karen

  85. Thank you for opening yourself up to all of us and sharing why you feel called to do what you do.

    My husband and I currently have 1 year old and already I feel God pulling at my heart to homeschool for many, if not all of the same reasons you do. My husband, as supportive as he is in so many areas of riasing our son, does not feel the same as I do in this one. I respect him and love him fully. He is the spiritual leader of our home and what he says goes (not because of fear by any means but completely because of love) and I will comply with his decision but still I feel God tugging at me.

    I know God’s will, will prevail and I will continue to pray that God speaks to my husband to show him the importance of homeschooling. He is nervous, as I am, that the job of homeschooling may be too much for me to handle since I struggled through school and college and I have no background in teaching besides sunday school : )

    I’m just curious are most of you moms/dads out there who are homeschooling previous teachers???

  86. Lindsay Trunnell says:

    On a day where I needed to be refreshed on why I homeschool….I am constantly defending my choice to others and my hyper child is hard to handle at times (especially today lol) the Lord lead me to your article and I thank Him as well as you….this will be printed out for my nay sayers ;) I really needed a reminder today of all days…before bed when I was already reflecting on this horrible discouraging day….I found some happy light at the end of my daily tunnel :) thanks again & God bless you & yours ♥ Lindsay Trunnell, Northern California

  87. Thank you so much for this post. As I read through, I couldn’t help the tears welling up in my eyes. I feel the same way you do on every reason you listed. I am at the very beginning, with a 3.5 and a 2 year old but I am committed to homeschooling. I’ve already experienced the snide remarks when people ask why my son isn’t in preschool. Reading your post helps me to thicken my skin. You are completely right, these are God’s children. I am responsible for them in every way and I see my number one responsibility is to teach them about the Lord. Thank you again so much. I am going to have my husband read this tonight.

  88. Elise Miesner says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE! You rock! I have been on the fence but my daughter is only 2 1/2. This post makes me want to yell the samething. “I WANT TO HOMESCHOOL”… sigh…now where to start

  89. Agree with everything except #3! Whenever homeschool kids enter the public schools in our town at any grade level for whatever reason they are always WAY behind. One kid in my son’s class actually had to move down grade mid-year! :( This is fine though & shouldn’t be discouraging to any parents wanting to homeschool as homeschooled & publics school kids are usually on different paths in life—no biggie!

  90. Angela Smith says:

    A friend introduced your site to me about a year ago. While my husband was homeschooled, we just haven’t felt like it was for us. HOWEVER, God keeps using YOU to gently speak to my heart and I am in tears ready to pursue this thing! EVERYTHING you have written here is what has been in my heart since my children started preschool at a local church–now they are 9, 6.5, 3.5 & 2 and I am so ready to not send them off to have others teach them!! NOW I just need God to speak to my husband–especially since I would need to quit my FT job. Please pray for me in this as I feel a huge calling to this & am thrilled at the potential God has for us in this area!!

  91. Thank you for your blog and this post. This was an encouragement to follow through with documenting my reasons to begin homeschooling this fall with my son. While I am a little nervous, I am super excited! Praying and trusting that the Lord will bless.

  92. thank you so much for this. our little people are only almost 3 & 1, but people are already asking about preschool & many people (some family included) are already telling me that i am making a mistake by not having my son (3 in august) enrolled in “a program” this fall. I really feel as though i am being called to home school & reading your reasons really resonated with my heart. thank you again!

  93. So many great reasons to homeschool! Thanks so much for sharing this. Nothing confirmed my desire to homeschool more than being a public school teacher myself. As well-meaning as teachers are, they just CAN’T meet the needs of every student. Working against them is the state, district, and administration of their own school, whose main goal is to raise those test scores at the end of the year. Kids get lost in the shuffle and end up being a statistic, rather than a precious child. No one in public school is looking out for your child’s soul…their “psyche” maybe, but that is soooo misguided these days (and even if the teacher is a Christian, she can’t lead and guide your child in that way anyway). On top of that, I saw SO much wasted time in public school…kids waiting around for the next activity to start, schools spending several days each grading period on practice end-of-the-year tests, teachers spending so much time on managing the behavior of a select few, random assemblies and other events that take time away from teaching, etc. It’s no wonder that schools are largely ineffective these days. Thank you so much for what you do, and the resources you provide. I’m not homeschooling yet (my first baby is due next month), but I will be in a few years, and I definitely look up to people like you who stick with it. :) Thank you!!

  94. I am just at the beginning of my “to school or not to school questions”. My son is 9 months old. Every time I think about putting them in school, I feel this pang of guilt. Guilt that I am not following the leading of Christ. Guilt that I am doing whats “normal” instead of whats right for my family. And I’m not usually a guilt ridden person.
    When I picture my son having to see, learn, & experience some of the things I have read about in the school systems, public & private, I have a physical pain in my heart & my gut.
    As I was raeding through your reasons for homeschooling, I wanted to stand up and shout “AMEN”. This is a tough world to have to stand apart from, but the more I pray & seek His guidence on this issue, the less of a question I have.
    A very good friend of mine is in the same place I am, with her two kids. We are both stay-at-home moms & I told her one day that i felt like putting my kids in school after 5-6 years of staying home with them, was un-doing everything my husband & I have worked so hard for, as if was all in vain. She said she felt like she was throwing her kids to the wolves.
    I don’t believer homeschool is for everyone. I don’t believe that parents who put their children in public or private school are bad parents or selfish or anything even close to that. I believe like missionary work, homeschooling is a calling. Something the Lord puts on your heart & penetrates into your soul.
    Thank you so much for sharing your reasons.

  95. First I have to say, WOW. This was a fantastic expression of why homeschooling is so beneficial. My son is eight months old (our only child so far) and my husband and I have already decided to home school. I work in personal finance, mostly for school teachers so I am in and out of pubkic schools meeting with them every day and I cannot even tell you the crazy things that I have heard walking through the halls of some schools. It is really disturbing at times what you hear come out of the mouths of some very young children. This was our main reason for wanting to home school. So that we can be the number one influence in our son’s life everyday. My husbands parents are both school teachers so I am a little nervous about what their thoughts may be, although they are typicaly very supportive of our decisions.

    Anyhow, sorry for the long comment. I just wanted to say thank you for being an inspiration and taking the time (which I am sure you don’t have much extra) to share and be an encouragement to other moms and dads.

  96. I am a new reader to your blog and our family is getting ready to start our journey in home schooling. I loved reading your reasons for home schooling as I feel much of the same way. At this point I am a little overwelmed with all the info out there, but I have felt strongly convicted for some time now that this is the path God wants us to take and we plan to take it one year at a time. Thank you for being real and sharing!!! It gives me much encouragement! I feel the same as one of your other readers that I need to have this list printed on a t-shirt :)

  97. wow – I loved reading this post! I’m a mother of a 6 month old, not particularly interested in homeschooling but AM interested in what is best for my child and to obeying whatever God calls us to…. we shall see!

  98. I just now finished reading your post and I thank God for sending me to your blog via pinterest. I have been praying for God’s guidance in this subject as our toddler is fast approaching school age. I have my “concerns” and I believe every homeschooling parent does, but the concerns do not dictate how we live our life. I look forward to browsing and applying the curriculum in the near future. I leave you with one of my favorite scriptures found in Romans 12 MSG Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out.

  99. Amber Crosby says:

    Thank you for this note from your heart! We have just decided to homeschool our son. I appreciate your journey through this. It has encouraged me & helped me to see a little more of God’s heart in it.

  100. Meg Stocking says:

    Thank you for your lovely blog & wonderful insight. Truly a blessing :) I am a young mom with a 4-year-old ready to start kindergarten & have been called for quite some time to homeschool…….it’s wonderful to have a community to lean on to that supports all the reasons we decided to homeschool. God bless you & your beautiful family – and thank you for taking the time to share with others!

  101. LOVED it!! Every reason you listed is why we homeschool too!

  102. Hello Erica, thanks so much for sharing your heart, my husband and I are praying about homeschooling are kids, my older is almost 4, second is 19 mo and i’m pregnant due next April!! what a joy!
    God just brought me to your blog today and i am really encouraged and inspired. Thanks so much for being a channel of blessings to so many. God is so good :)

  103. Erica,

    I just wanted to share that I mentioned you and your website in a blog post this evening (strivingforGodsglory.blogspot.com). We are starting home-schooling and I posted about some of my reasons and considerations regarding the decision. I appreciate all you have done and are doing. I know what an encouragement you are to so many – including me!

  104. This is so beautifully written. You have been able to put into words what I feel in my heart are the reasons we homeschool. I feel fortunate that I found your blog and wish you and your family the best! God bless you!

  105. My daughter is only 15 months right now, but I have been studying and becoming more and more convinced that I want to homeschool when the time comes. I love this post and it helped me to get over the decision part and decide to start planning and practicing for it.
    I am LDS and a lot of the things that you said reminded me of a part of the Family Proclamation that we believe in:
    “Husband and wife have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children. “Children are an heritage of the Lord” (Psalm 127:3). Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, and to teach them to love and serve one another, observe the commandments of God, and be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. Husbands and wives—mothers and fathers—will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations.”
    Thank you so much for your sweet words and your eloquent writing, they are truly helpful!

  106. dear mrs. Erica,
    i am a junior in highschool and gladly i am a homeschooler. i have gone to all three types of
    schools. i have been in public school, when i was in pre-k through 3rd grade and i was continually harassed and made fun of. then i went to a christain school from 4th grade through half way through the second semester of the 8th grade year. where again i was harassed and made fun of and was cussed out almost every day. thankfully my parents worked for our church and could take the time to homeschool me. i have enjoyed it very much. i feel as though i am receiving a better education through the ciriculum that my parents have come up with for me. the way you explained your eelings on the matter relect very much o the same reasons my parents and mysel have been homeschooling. i am like i said a junior in highschool and while everyone else is in school i am teaching a 4 year old class at a preschool!!! i enjoy it very much, so i your a parent reading this who doesnt know weather to homeschool or not do what you think wil denifit your child the most. or me i have gained so much more self confidence just rom not being around hateful people and once you think about the outcome of your childs lie by the way they have grown up in school i eel as though you will make the right choice.
    love,
    A PROUD HOMESCHOOLER

  107. Love your post about why you homeschool. I attempted to homeschool this year and was just not mentally ready myself. So I sent my son to Kindergarten this year and many of the reasons you posted are some that I wrote down and read myself. I was not “called” this year, I decided on my own that I was going to homeschool and it just didnt work out. (Yes, I have beat myself up about it). but you better believe I am praying now to try to do it again for 1st grade. And we will take it a year at the time.
    Thanks again for a lovely well-written post. LOVE IT!

  108. I just have to say that was a truly inspiring message…. i couldnt have put it so well… and the verses are awesome, i forget how to the point they can be. Im about to start preschool with my almost 4 yr. old. Thank you! God Bless….

  109. I enjoyed reading your reasons for homeschooling. I personally do not homeschool, but had always thought it would be interesting. I think my biggest issue is the socialization as well. But my main reason for commenting is to ask you; if one of your children wanted to go to public school, would you let them? Why or why not?

  110. You have a true gift when it come to organizing your thoughts. I’m hoping to improve my skills by modeling some of your technique Not only has this blog put into words in a Biblical and logical way, my exact sentiments; it has made it easy for me to discuss this with my husband. Thank you for what you do!

  111. Hi! I am so glad I found this blog! My mother recently began homeschooling me after I began getting too sick to go to school. I will have to refer her here, I’m sure she will really like it!

  112. Thank you for opening your heart and sharing all of your beliefs with all of us. I have a question for anyone who might want to share their opinion. Right now my 5.5 year old is attending a private Cathoilic school and we are extremely happy, however, homeschooling has always intrigued me. I also have a 3.5 year old and almost 2 year old. My thought it to start homeschooling my three year old (very unstructured at this age) until she is 5 and see if I can build my confidence enough to attempt to homeschool all three. Is this a good or bad idea? I don’t want my 5 year old to ask why Mya isn’t going to preschool, etc and I’m afraid it could confuse them with one going to school and one not. My 5 year old attended a Catholic preschool for only 2 days a week at 3 hours each time at age 4. I feel like I could do more at home and still incorporate God and our Faith. Thank you all so much for your advice, in advance:) I am anxious to see what everyone has to say!

  113. I am new to your blog…was directed here while browsing the web for chore charts! SO glad i stumbled across it! haha!
    Thank you so much for this post! This is exactly why we homeschool! It’s almost as if I was reading my own words:)
    Thanks again!

  114. I love everything in this post and I feel exactly the same way…I have a 3 year old son and people are constantly asking if he is in school already or if he is going next year and I quickly explain that I am going to homeschool and that he is too young to be in school even if we were sending him to public school…I could never imagine sending him away all day at any age especially 3!!!!

  115. I didn’t homeschool but it would have been a good idea if I could have been as organized back then as I am now! I have many children, and all of them love reading because the one thing I did do right was not replace the television set when it broke back when my oldest was 5 years old. As a result, ALL of my children are readers–in a society that apparently does not value reading–or just not for the masses. My children also did not absorb, at an early age, the bad messages being transmitted via tv programs, and so entered adulthood all able to think for themselves.

    If you are hesitant to jettison the tv, just know that ALL of my children thank me today for the gift of reading that I gave them, and the time to engage in reading because they were not distracted by a favorite tv show (or ten). Guard your children’s time and give them an old-fashioned childhood, is my advice!

  116. Oops, my original email got lost!

    Here it is again in some form. We didn’t homeschool, but did one thing right: we didn’t replace the tv set when it broke, back when my oldest was 5.

    Instead, all of my children had lots of free time to spend reading at home while growing up.

    As a consequence, they are all excellent readers, and as adults they thank me for giving them this gift of free time to read. They are not so inclined now to watch tv, either. They didn’t form the habit during their impressionable years. Nor were they shaped by society’s values, thank God.

    If there is one thing you can do for your children, toss the television and replace with lots of fun books. It’s entertainment, too, only the reader walks away with an extremely useful life skill, which is enhanced reading comprehension. The tv watcher has little to show for the time invested.

  117. Toccara White says:

    I just wanted to say your Blog was an Amazing Testimony, and I always said when i have a child i wanted to Homeschool but Finances and my nerves wouldnt let me. I currently Teach preschool from 930-630 and i have an 19 month old it tears me up everyday when i drop him to an in-home daycare ran by sister in law, She is amazing and hes actually learning alot but i would much rather be the one spendind those 9hrs with and teaching him.

    I know you said you jumped in feet first, did you not second guess the financial part of it? Im curious because i reeeeeally want to homeschool my son, so any additional advice or spiritual wisdom you have would be greatly appreciated :)

  118. Jen L. "Momma of Two" says:

    Hi Erica,

    I’ve been reading your blog for the past fee months as I stumbled upon it while researching home school. Your blog is really encouraging to me and I want to say thank you for taking the time to share all your experiences and your beautiful children with us! I am a stay at home mom with two kids, ages 4 and 2. Next school year I will be homeschooling both my children. :) Question, do you “traditional” home school or “independent study”? What would you recommend? I am debating between the two, but I will be using the A Beka curriculum for my son (Kindergarten 5) and your Letter of the Week for my daughter. Lord bless you and your family.

  119. Thank you so much for sharing your personal reasons with us. It was encouraging for me to read through and inspiring for a weary homeschool mom. It’s so easy in the day to day grind of keeping up with everything to lose sight of our purposes in homeschooling. Thanks!

  120. You are amazing! Enough said! :)

  121. Andrea Stonecipher says:

    Erica, Thank you so much for your ministry! I am a physician and often feel torn between my duties to my vocation and my family. This year we unexpectedly decided to take our Kindergarten daughter out of school in January for her health. I am thankful to have found your site and love your printables! We have an 8th grade daughter who is at a stage where I don’t feel like I can take her out of her school but sometimes wish I could! I’m not sure if we will continue to homeschool next year but for now, your site is a blessing to me and my family!! Andrea

  122. I seriously just love this blog. I keep the link in my e-mail in-box so I can refer to it when I am feeling uncertain or I’m just plain ‘ol tired. Tonight is one of those nights.
    Thank you!

  123. hi!

    I’m a mum to two adorable children, Sebastian 4 and Sofia 1, Sebastian started school in September ( in UK they start when they are 4), but since he went to public school , his behavior changed for worse, he isnt learning enough. I’m a college teacher and I have told him how to read, count, write , play chess, add, multiply etc. He is well above other children in his class hence he is very bored. The class teacher does not concentrate on those most able children but on those who need more help.

    We found another school for him to go to in September but im seriously tempted to home school him, to make the most of his talents and abilities.

    Thank you for that great website, resources , you are such an inspiration!

    God Bless

  124. Wow! I appreciate all the work you put into this blog. I have been considering homeschooling this last year and I think the only reason I haven’t done it yet is because I’m SCARED! They are doing really great in school in every aspect, but for some reason (I think boredom) they still hate it and I don’t want them to hate learning. This post speaks what’s on my mind… I need to just jump in and do it! Thank you. :)

  125. I am so Thankful for this blog… :) as I was praying today for some leading & encouragement in starting the homeschool journey with our 4 young kiddos – the Lord brought me to your blog! I am so encouraged to see that you and so many others are doing the homeschool thing and that even though it’s a difficult path that takes a lot of work – it is a calling, a blessing, an amazing opportunity to truly raise our precious children up in the way they should go and that throughout their lives they will not stray from that path! I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT HOMESCHOOLING & look so forward to seeing my children grow more and more in their faith and I’m sure this is going to be a big growing experience for me & my husband as well! :) And seriously, Thank-You so much for all of your hard work putting together all of these absolutely AMAZING resources for other homeschooling families – what a great blessing you are – may you be blessed in abundance for the blessing you are to so many others!!! :)

  126. Hello there! What a wonderful post!! I loved it and I agree completely on everything you have expressed! About a month ago I found your blog, and it has been a huge help in many ways. My husband and I work on the mission field in Argentina, and we are praying about homeschooling our 3 children, I started out with preschool last year and this year they will begin kidergarten. The country is just now starting to accept the idea, but many still see it as illegal, so it is not the easiest thing to be doing here, but so far I totaly believe it is what we should do, and everyday I find another reason of why we should continue! I did share your website on a facebook group we have of families that are homeschooling…and who are trying to make it become more accepted in the country. Although we do everything in spanish there are several that now english and I am sure your ideas and your words will be a great blessing for many! Thanks for all the time you put into all this so that others, even around the world, can be encouraged! May the Lord bless you greatly, and strengthen you daily on this wonderuful adventure! with love, in Christ, Raquel

  127. I was recently introduced to your site/blog. I started this homeschool journey Jan, 2013. My daughter is 6 yr and was in public school for 4 months. It just never “fit”. And I know why now. My son has recently turned 5 yr. All the things you wrote about are what led us to make this decision also! No where in scripture does it instruct us to give our children over to a pagan society (that is what government school really is). Your God given talents and gifts are helping me to navigate through our course. Thank you! You are very organized and I certainly need help with that. :) I have been visiting your site often and compiling a “To Do” list for our room that we will be preparing in the basement. Thank you for sharing :) and your encouragement.

  128. I just want to say thank you!
    I have been “homeschooling” with my 5 year old this year, and it has been a struggle. I was think about putting her is a charter school or in a christian school, but everything that you said has given me new hope. I am making goals that I want to reach this year and this month. You have given me the inspiration that I needed to continue in the right way. Teaching my kids to walk in there faith and in love.
    Again thank you!

  129. Jessica Curlin says:

    This is a wonderful piece for myself to read. It is like you put into words what I could not. I want to homeschool, it seems like, for the exact same reasons you choose this path. Thank you for giving me these words and helping me look into myself and figure out why I truly want to homeschool my child (hopefully children soon :). Thank you again for your website. I have just began looking through it, but already am very appreciative of the time you put into it.

  130. Dena Endres says:

    Erica! You’re a breath of fresh air and a doll! Your character is adorable. We are right there with ya sister and are very encouraged by the WORD that you shared! May it never return void in our family’s lives and may we have much joy and gratefulness is this amazing journey!

  131. Erica, you have beautifully articulated exactly why I feel called to homeschool. When talking with friends & family (usually politely opposed) and they ask why I want to homeschool, I fumble around with my answers because I too wonder if they are legit reasons. What I’m discovering, however, is that most of the arguments for taking a public/private school track come from a societal perspective, and sound flat and empty. My reasons for wanting to homeschool are biblical. I no longer feel that pressure to conform to societal norms. Do I want to raise children of purity and character, children who know who they are in Christ and won’t be swayed by the storms of life? Or do I want to leave it up to society? It’s no contest. Thank you!

  132. My son will be preschool age this coming fall and I am just starting the process of researching and praying about homeschooling. Found your blog and I’m in LOVE! Thank you for the amazing resources to help me get started on this journey!

  133. My feelings exactly

  134. I love this post! I too have written about my experiences and reasons for homeschooling! Thank you for sharing!

  135. So glad I came across your site while looking for lapbooking ideas!

    Thanks for reminding me why I began homeschooling 4 years ago!

  136. I just found your blog and I love, love, love it!!!! My son is only 19 months old but we plan to homeschool him and future little ones. Your posts are so informational and inspiring! Thank you for sharing!

  137. Meghan Hodges says:

    I’ve never met you, but just by looking through your blog and reading this post…you are truly a Christ follower. I’ve felt like for a while now God wants us to homeschool, but I still have doubts just like the ones you said. Mainly that I do not want my kids to turn out uneducated because I didn’t teach them good enough! Thank you for this and especially all the Bible verses you quoted. I have pinned your site and liked it on facebook so I can be sure to have access to it. I have 2 boys: one almost 4 and one almost 2. I prayed my husband would agree to the homeschool idea for a long time, then he kept saying “public school is fine,” I stopped thinking about it and really “took a break” from praying about it (not purposely, but I was loosing hope) I figured I could talk him into it later. Then one day my husband came home from work and said, “I want you to homeschool!” He had heard some things on Christian talk radio and God worked in his heart. I ws just shocked and at the same time thinking “God answered my prayer!” (Then I felt bad because I hadn’t prayed earnestly about it in a while.) Anyway, God does work in awesome ways. Since then, I have found so many great sites about homeschooling and Biblical reasons to homeschool. God is really paving the way for me I feel and this blog helped so much. Thank you again! I will be back visiting.

  138. Erica, these are exactly our thoughts – exactly!! Our kids are currently 13, 11, 9, 5, 3, and 7 months and it’s taken me this long to “come around” to being willing to homeschool (even though I loved my own experience being homeschooled). It was always something we talked about, but only in the past 6 months did I feel like God (very clearly!) called us to do it – and that alone overcomes all the reasons I had not to…..”I’m not enough…” – smart enough, patient enough, organized enough….but He is enough! =)
    I want to print this out as a reminder of exactly what our goals are when we need a little encouragement on the tough days to come. =) Thanks so much for sharing this – I’m pinning it for reference and I’m looking forward to digging even more into your blog!

  139. Thanks a lot Erica. I don’t homeschool , my kids’ school timing is from 7.30 to 2.30 . I work from 7.30 to 3.30. (I was offered a better job with better salary in the Government. (I’m form India n to get a job in the government means one is secured for life in terms of pension etc) I did not take it up, because I would have had to work from 10.30 am to 6.15 pm. And all my friends told me it was the most foolish thing I had ever done. I used to go to sleep thinking whether it was the wrong decision. This was in December 2012. Till today morning, I was repenting and kept on asking God whether it was a golden opportunity that I missed. But I just came across ur blog, n I read ur reasons for homeschooling and I am confident that I have done the right thing. So many things which we like to do especially helping my kids with their lessons, playing with them in the evenings. i would have missed it all. Thanks a lot ERica

  140. Hi Erica! I’m from the Philippines where homeschooling is unpopular. While my husband and I were praying about whether or not homeschooling was for us, your blog was a very helpful resource. This article discussed exactly why we homeschool. Our kids, prep and grade 1 are now enrolled in an accredited homeschool (The Master’s Academy). Your blog has been ministering to me since. Thank you!

  141. You stated the very reasons we decided to homeschool our 6 children. Thank you for your blog, I have been very blessed by this and so many of you posts.

  142. Rebeca Sable says:

    By finding your site I found exactly what I was looking for! Thank you for sharing your experience. My son just turned one and in the last few months I have been seriously considering homeschooling. I currently work full time and given our financial situation, I cannot afford not to work (this was a reality I had to painfully face when I returned to work last October after being at home with my son for 4 months). I know I want to return home and be with my children someday, but my consideration of homeschooling is much more deeply rooted. I want my children to have a faith-base, spiritual foundation. I also don’t want them to experience the horror that public school often is with bullying, peer-pressure and pressuring world-views. I think I have made a official decision to homeschool (and from what I’ve researched, I don’t know that many home-schoolers ever feel fully certain of homeschooling, just certain that they love their children and that is why they do it) and so now we are preparing ourselves financially so that in 3 – 4 years we can take the leap.

    I’ve been searching for families going through a similar experience, and I am (gladly) overwhelmed by what I’ve found in your page; how personal you are by sharing every detail. Which I realize it must be a helpful way to help you wonder through this long-term experience (and adventure).

    Thank you so much again for sharing your experience with us. I hope that you continue to share such special memories and useful information.

  143. All I can say after reading this is Thank You for sharing your story and reminding me to ALWAYS keep in mind why I chose to homeschool. I too am glad I was introduced to this blog.

  144. Hi Erica,
    Thank you for your organization and links on this website. I am a teacher who teaches newcomer students, mostly from Latin America, whose parents do not have the academic skills and often do not have the language skills to homeschool. It is really a privilege to have the academic skills to teach your own children or others’ children! It doesn’t matter in my mind because our hearts are all in the same place… to educate children! Please continue blogging!
    Thanks!

  145. What a great blog! If you have any reservations on socialization read, “Hold Onto Your Kids” by Gordon Neufeld. The best book ever!

  146. this will be our first year and i am homeschooling for the same reasons. i am rather freaked out, but i know if God leads me to something, it will work out

  147. This was an awesome article. I was never a pro-homeschooler until I spent an entire two years working with a special needs student one on one . I worked with a teacher that was good at teaching but horrible at building up the students self- esteem. I remember there was a student that came to school three days in a row in the same clothes no back pack and no homework done. I immediately realized that the kid that was normally well dress probably had something horrible going on at home. The teacher did not realize this and said things like ” you shouldn’t have even came to school today” ” maybe if you spent time changing your clothes you would feel better and not fall asleep in my class ” ” if you would do your homework maybe the other kids would be nicer to you”. The teacher would also show all the grades and say that the kids who got low grades on tests would have to sit out at game time, so the entire class would know who failed a test. I heard a lunch lady call a kid stupid for taking to many oranges and eat a jelly packet with a spoon because the kid didn’t use it on their roll. The school was a nice award winning school with kids from good families. One of my friends was good friends with the teacher and said she thought she was great. You never know what a teacher is saying to your children and if they are tearing down their self esteem. So I decided that I will homeschool my children because I have been there and I know what is going on!

  148. Thank you so much! This will be my first year homeschooling and I have been so encouraged by your words! Thank you also for the curriculum you offer. What a blessing!

  149. Sommer Clark says:

    Thank you dearly for sharing a pc of your heart and answering that well asked question often asked, ‘why do you homeschool’!?
    My family recently moved to a new state- leaving behind the small private Christian school my 5 going on 6yr old son attended last year. Breaking a bit of my heart in realizing we can’t afford to place him in another school like that here- has brought on the question between my husband and I of – should we maybe homeschool?!
    We both do work full time but I am able to Design from home -having to only run to a few appointments a week- and between that blessing and my husband’s different work hours we are thinking it could be possible. So we are praying now – hard – to see if God confirms for our family that this is another great change we should tackle and if now is the time?!
    The school he would attend is A+ rated however being a public school it won’t of course offer him the great blessing he had last year of all subject matter centering on God. So it’s a struggle- And having an almost 2yr old son- Well- you know how it is – I guess I could come up with plenty of reasons why in the natural people will think we’re crazy if we do this- But God is our Leader- so we will obey in His leading. And from that- I humbly as of you- a homeschooling mom- if you could please send up a prayer for the Clark family- for God’s direction and Peace about what we should do At This Time for our son/our family. And I I will be sending up a prayer for continued blessings for yours as you lead and guide your children into greater relationships w/ our Lord & also in your inspiration and encouragement you are providing so many of us moms =) Thank you again! -Sommer Clark, FL

  150. Thanks for reminding me why we home school as we start another year!

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