Why I Love Homeschooling

Why I Love HomeschoolingWhy do I love homeschooling? Let me count the ways:

• I love homeschooling because fixed hours aren't required to learn a subject. When I discovered God had given me a night owl who loved to sleep in, I simply adjusted and made a schedule that worked best for our family.

• I love homeschooling because there are so many fun things to learn. Not only are there great curriculums for covering the main subject areas, but there are also countless extracurricular topics and activities to explore. We once spent an entire week studying birds of prey when we found a wounded hawk in our yard after a severe wind storm.

• I love homeschooling because I have the flexibility to adjust our day depending on what God brings. If my child is grasping concepts quickly and wants to know more in language arts, then I'll keep going and forget about doing history that day. If Dad has an impromptu meeting in another city, I can take advantage of the opportunity and schedule a family field trip.

• I love homeschooling because it gives me an opportunity to really know my children. As a teacher and a parent, I see both their hearts and ther minds, and I have the blessed privilege to develop both in the Lord.

• I love homeschooling because I don't have to wait until school's out to receive a hug and a kiss. I have the joy of loving and being loved by my children throughout the entire day.

Why do you love homeschooling? Start your own list of reasons today and place it somewhere to remind yourself of homeschooling's many blessings. When Satan tries to steal your faith and discourage you, you'll be prepared to stand strong. Instead of asking, "Now, why was it that I wanted to homeschool?" you'll have answers that prove homeschooling is the best job in the world. "Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked" (Ephesians 6:16).

Lord, thank You for giving me the opportunity to teach my children. Even though tough days will come, I know Your presence will guide us. Help me to appreciate the blessings of teaching my children each day. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

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MELODY E 05/20/2009 06:56:02

There used to be a time when at least once a month I would say, "I'm so thankful I homeschool." Lately it's become once a week that I say this . Especially when I hear the horrible things going on in the government schools.

SANDRA S 05/20/2010 02:37:31

I thoroughly enjoyed this mornings post. I smiled as I read about the late start to the schedule because you were blessed with a night owl, the impromptu field trips, actually getting to spend enough time on a subject to understand it and the best one, getting to understand and know your child. These mirror my top three favorite reasons to homeschool. Blessings.

LENA C 05/20/2010 13:14:31

I homeschool two out of three of my boys. Every day when my 17 year old gets home from school and I have to deal with the attitude that the teachers and the system know better them me what is best for my kids. I am so so thankful I do not have to go threw this with my younger two. I get to spend the day with them and love them and show them God every step of the way! I LOVE HOMESCHOOLING!!!!!

BONITA B 05/20/2011 04:41:17

My three children graduated from our homeschool. I was able to teach to their personalities and gifts. Today they are a nurse, a teacher, and a state trooper. Homeschooling works.

PATTI C 05/20/2011 04:41:24

I'm thankful for the freedom to teach the children God's ways through out the day and night and tend to issues in God's way -when it happens, not later. I appreciate the post about night owls, stopping to study birds of prey, etc..., because it is helping me realize that it is not the school (world) I am conformed to but God's calling. This has been pressing on my heart lately. I often get caught up in the curriculum and getting done, yet, what does God want? Yes, I'm to teach, yet I am to be sure to spend more time with the child than the curriculum. Everytime we see a school bus we (all five children) say "Thank you God!" As hard as it is, especially in May, I wouldn't have it any other way. I keep asking God to help me see my children through His eyes and it makes me appreciate homeschooling even more.

PAULA K 05/20/2011 06:08:40

I am homeschooling 1 child and returning to homeschooling all 3 of my children. The Enemy is constantly at me, trying to separate me from my children. I too deal with the attitudes that come home from school, the kids' fatigue and jumpiness after spending a day cooped up in a tiny classroom with 20 other overtired, cranky (and some naughty) kids. Then I get to spend a few hours trying to get them to do homework and then they go to bed. I miss my children and don't want what's left of their day to be engaged in a battle to do pointless work they should have done at school! I am looking forward to having my "real" children emerge once they shed the cloak of school and of trying to fit in with other kids. This email devotion keeps me going and is the only one I have found directly for homeschooling families. Thank you!

SUSAN M 05/20/2011 06:31:50

I appreciate homeschooling because I know my children and they know me. I can look back with gratefulness and not regret at the sacrifices I made and know it was for the relationships that I still have with my children. I gave up what was temporary for what is eternal. What was selfish for what is truly satisfying. What was worldly for what was worthy. "Only one life, will soon be past, only what's done for Christ will last!" (Missionary Jim Elliott)

NICOLE D 05/20/2011 06:46:08

Thank you for this. We have been trying to decide whether to homeschool our daughter -age 6- next fall. I feel like this is what I'm being called to do, but lately I've been having all these second thoughts - planted by Satan, I suspect. Thanks for helping me redirect my focus back to all the good reasons to homeschool!

ARACELIS W 05/20/2011 07:11:56

I am thankful for homeschooling because I see my handsome, benevolent, funny, extremely bright son grow in ways that I could not see in the hustle and bustle of after regular school activities. I see him content and not frustrated that he has to wait for others to catch up. I see him understand God more! What a blessing!

ARACELIS W 05/20/2011 07:12:55

Oh, and I love homeschooling because AOP has this great devotional that has kept my head above water with encouragement!

CARIN M 05/20/2011 08:05:39

What an incredible devotion today. Thank you!

HOLLY G 05/20/2011 08:34:02

End of school year, want to be outside, dont want to do anymore book work... I NEEDED this today! Hopefully a word of hope to help those, like me that have a child in the public school also... Flylady.net has a 'student control journal'. I just found it and believe it will be very helpful for after school hours, and flexible enough to use in our homeschooling also! The Flylady website has helped me in MANY ways. As a new subscriber to the ao daily emails, I have quickly found how God sends us what we need! God's timing is ALWAYS so PERFECT!

SHARON R 05/20/2011 15:39:49

I love Home Schooling for so many reasons. My boys, now ages 13 and 15 had gone to private school for several years. When my then, 6th grader came home with 3 hours of homework every day, and told me he learned more during the homework than he did at school, a lightbulb went on. I was already homeschooling! We were caught up in the belief that if you spend the money on Private School, your child will get a better education. That was 5 years ago. I took my sons out of the expensive private school, and have had the privilege to home school them since that day. My only regret is that I did not so it sooner. I love watching them learn, and grow into responsible young men. There is no greater satisfaction than teaching your children. When they do well on tests, knowing I taught them. My sons recently took a Standardized test and scored well above grade level. There is no better feeling than that. I am so proud to say that I am a home school parent. People tell me often that they could never have the patience to home school their children. To be blunt, I think that is their way of saying, they don't want to. I treasure every moment I spend with my boys, and I know they will have fond memories of their childhood. God Bless all home school families for the unconditional love, and sacrifice you make for the sake of your children.

ELIZABETH W 05/20/2012 03:08:26

I am so thankful to be homeschooling next year! We have 4 children and due to health issues had to send 2 of them to public school this year. I\'m thankful that God used that as an opportunity to give me confidence I lacked and an unwavering spirit that homeschooling is the RIGHT choice for our family. I know without His guidance I won\'t make it through and I no longer think it\'s all me. But I no longer doubt if we are doing the right thing and I no longer question if what I\'m teaching them is enough or if they are missing out on something. 3 more days and counting until sanity comes back to this home. Thank you for these wonderful devotions! I fully believe God uses them as encouragement for us daily!

DIANE C 05/20/2012 05:55:25

I\'m a 42 year old father of three. I run a busy company (from home) and work about 12 hours a day. My life seems out of control at times. I love homeschooling because it gives me the opportunity to recalibrate, breathe, smell the roses, and absorb God\'s goodness. The best time of the day is when my 12 year old daughter puts her head on my shoulder, as we read a text book together.

JAMIE K 05/20/2012 07:00:23

I am re-starting homeschooling for my 3 children. Two high-schoolers and a 5th grader. We all have doubts especially as the children get older. That is why I put my kids in a school. Now I see those doubts were from the enemy. Teens need their parents more than ever! If I had it to do over again I would have home schooled all three all the way through! So for those parents of young chidden, enjoy them! Don\'t doubt yourself as a teacher. Learn along with your kids! That is one thing I love about homeschooling. And don\'t be intimidated by schooling your teens. You can all learn together!

KRISTINE S 05/20/2012 10:27:30

We love homeschooling, my son gets to have a flexable time frame for his work, he does not feel the pressures of busy hallways. He like a quite atmosphere. I am able to know what he is learning, and help him. Especially now at 14 is a time I feel he needs the most guidance of all. We are members of Vine and Branches. They are wonderful. Us parents corresponde daily, there so helpful!! My child with some specail needs, likes not being bullied for his diffrences. So he can focus, in a safe enviroment. He has really excelled. I love it and wish more parents could do it. In God I Trust Kris

KATHY S 05/20/2012 10:44:46

There are so many reasons to Homeschool. Our reasons started out for saftey for my son. Now, it\'s just pure happiness!! The joy that we both have from homeschooling cannot be bought. Our time together is so precious!

DEEDEE A 05/20/2012 12:02:58

What a blessing! I\'m not daily around others who home-school and often find myself trying to defend my routine or lack of, as well as methods I use for teaching. So to hear the first few bullets was a huge reminder of God\'s blessings and an encouragement for me to not get discouraged. And then to top it off with one of my favorite scriptures was the icing, whip cream, and cherry on top! :)

TABITHA J 05/20/2012 14:37:34

Both my husband and I are night owls, so I love the flexibility that homeschooling can provide.

KELLE F 05/24/2012 20:27:26

Even though we are done for this year and taking a break, I am busy looking into curriculum and a schedule for next year. I only hs\'d my Aspie son last year and will be adding his soon to be 8 yr old sister for 2nd grade. I am scared and nervous I can do right by them and God and doubt my skills... then I remember God called me to this. My daughter ended 1st grade at a low level in math, reading, recognizing numbers and such. She should be at 1st grade, 9th month, instead she is at 1st grade level, 2nd month... I remember my son was at least at 3rd grade level at this age in public school.... so I have a gifted Aspie child and a slower learner with (just found out) adhd they say -- Dr said it would be best to medicate her for the school year and see if the school will do a 504 plan to make adjustments for her. I spent 2 years trying to get an IEP for my son, but because he was gifted his grades didn\'t reflect a \'learning disability\' so the school wouldn\'t do it. I didn\'t want to go thru all that again and my daughter seemed stressed to be behind the other kids...because teacher and myself were always on her to complete her work. Now, PTL she can work at her pace. I pray God helps me help her to gain confidence in herself again and maybe someday she will catch up, or maybe she will always be slower, only God knows but I know He has a plan for her. I love homeschooling for the flexibility to teach my kids in the best way they can learn. I miss them so when they are gone all day and am so looking forward to being with them BOTH all day,.

Misty Manning 05/20/2013 13:10:20

I LOVE homeschooling because there is nothing in the world like watching your children discover something for the first time that people take for granted everyday. To see a toddler discover the clouds moving for the first time is a humbling experience. I am so thankful for my children and the days I am blessed to spend with them home schooling. I will take even the toughest days over not homeschooling at all. Time moves so fast. I am blessed to have this time with them.

Tammy Pridmore 05/20/2013 13:22:37

I love this post! Reminders are always nice. Thank you. To Kelle F: Relax and know that you can do this with God. Don't put limits on your children (or on yourself). As you follow God's leading He will bless you and your children. I believe your daughter will "catch up" faster than you think. To the father working from home who is home schooling his 12 year old daughter: Thank you for your post. It's encouraging to hear from a father's perspective. I love what you listed as your best time of day. One reason I love home schooling is because we are blessed to be able to spend the days teaching our children instead of having them go somewhere else to learn. This creates confidence in our children (and in us as parents), strengthens our relationships, and builds lasting memories. It's so exciting to watch our 13 year old son develop into who God wants him to be.

Christie Cockrell 05/22/2014 20:35:17

Such a timely admonition even in the year 2014. I am in my 19th year of homeschooling. We have had 11 children. Two are now married , one is in heaven, four of them have graduated, and six are being home educated. My greatest regret is that I did not trust and obey God by submitting to my husband. He did not want to homeschool back in 1995. Our story is full of heartache, pain, and suffering due to not listening , trusting God, and waiting on The Lord. I, the mother, have been the teacher . Not having my husband's support spiritually , emotionally, or physically has made my journey frustrating, difficult, sad, and often lonely. Lonely within my own family. As I reflect back, I realize my greatest motivation was wanting to obey God in raising them in the fear of The Lord, yet I did not truly fear God myself. Peter told wives how they should submit to God and their husbands. Self-willed and fearful I continued year after year. I have many times in exasperation ask my husband if he wanted to put them in school . He would say no or he thought they were behind in their grade level. He put our three eldest sons in a church school primarily to play sports. Our sons and our entire family have suffered greatly because of the ungodly influence they found there and brought home. We lost valuable time that could have been used to serve God because of the many activities that the sons were involved . We became disconnected as a family, and lost much of our influence as parents. Nevertheless, I believe ,because of God's mercy ,we have had some wonderful times of learning and being together at home. I still believe our children received great blessings during their years of being instructed in God's Word , and with a biblical worldview. The greatest damage has been a divided house. I believe that had I submitted to put them in school, cried out to God in prayer, and waited on The Lord, my husband would have been the one to lead us to homeschool ... In God's timing. Today he went to have our 16 year old son tested for the 10th grade at the "Christian" school where the other sons went. He said he is not sure if he is putting him in school. Please pray for our family, and for me to walk in faith . I realize today that homeschooling is a blessing and privilege, but only Jesus Christ can save, deliver, and keep us from evil. He promises that He will never leave nor forsake us.... No matter where we are. As long as we believe on Him and follow Him ,we will be at peace.

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