because the kids waiting at the bus stop down the street, laden with heavy backpacks, seemed so little
* because it didn’t feel right for my children to be away from me more of their waking hours than they were with me
* because I’m a better mom at the beginning of the day than at the end of it
* because my daughter had spent four years of her life in an institution, and I didn’t want to send her to another one
* because I believe my kids have inner genius, and I want to help them uncover it
* because no one is as committed to their success as I am
* because I want them to have freedom–and extra time in their day to play, to think, to imagine
* because I don’t believe staring out the window longingly during a lesson deserves a punishment–instead, it deserves a break
* because children are not parts on a assembly line–they’re individual souls in need of unique nurturing
* because I am in the privileged and blessed place to consider making this choice
* because the investment I’m making in them will one day reap dividends in the fruit of their lives
* because I cling to that belief on the hard days when it seems I’m making no difference whatsoever
* because I think a month in England makes for better learning than a year at a desk
* because hearts, not minds, most need reaching at this delicate age–and who better to reach hearts than a mom?
* because I am learning just as much as they are, and that’s fun
* because this choice has been the right one…for us
for all these reasons, and many more, we have chosen to homeschool. And I’m thankful to be part of an educational movement that is changing lives and, therefore, impacting the world.
“There is no school equal to a decent home and no teacher equal to a virtuous parent.”
A note from Jamie: I come to this topic from a place of celebrating my own choice and my right to make it, not from judging those who have chosen otherwise. Homeschooling is right for us, but not right for everyone. Aren’t we fortunate to have the freedom to choose what is best for our own dear little people?!
* on why I chose stay-at-home motherhood (the original post that inspired this one!)
* I refuse to steal my kids’ dreams (on homeschooling as a social movement)
And you? Why did you choose homeschooling?