WHAT IS HOMESCHOOLING?
Homeschooling is defined differently in every state across the country. The common definition of home education is “the education of children at home by their parents”.
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
The best way to begin your homeschool journey is by contacting your state or provincial organization. Christian homeschool organizations serve families all year long by providing state-specific information, support and encouragement, information on local resources, annual events, and a watchful eye for legal issues.
WHAT IS DISCIPLESHIP?
While the common definition of home education is “the education of children at home by their parents”, we would expand and modify that definition to add:
Christian home education is parent-led, privately-funded, Christ-centered, and a means of family discipleship.
We recognize that there is less regulation in some parts of the country than others, but when we have homeschool freedom, we are able to:
- Direct the education of our children as we see fit, free from government funding,
- Give our children a custom education by making some of their studies delight-directed,
- Nurture the gifts and abilities of our children in a healthy, safe, loving, God-honoring, and fun environment,
- Strengthen family relationships all day, every day,
- Enable our children to be confident in themselves, no matter the age of the crowd in which they find themselves, and
- Train our children to serve the Lord in a variety of ways and to always put Him first in our lives.
When done with care and concern, homeschooling can be one of the most rewarding parts of parenting. The decision to homeschool is not to be taken lightly. It takes commitment, dedication, and stamina to endure the homeschooling days. There may even be days when you feel like you’d do anything to get them on that yellow school bus, but rest assured, the worst day in a loving environment with you is, in so many ways, considerably better than the best day they could possibly have at school.
Why Should You Homeschool?
One reason many people home educate is to pass on their values to their children. Even though you cannot, and probably should not, pass on all your values to your children, you certainly want to pass some of them on. Home education seems to allow you to share your values better than any other method of education.
Fellowship with your family
Many home educators report a satisfyingly high level of relationship with their children. The children also develop a closeness which is atypical in our culture. Both the children and the adults seem to enjoy each other’s company. Spending time with your children is one of the best things you can do.
In numerous studies of standardized test results, the home educated child outscores those who are educated in government schools.
Instead of a one-size-fits-all model, home education allows for a custom curriculum for each child. Furthermore, you are not constrained by the calendar. If a great opportunity to teach comes up on summer vacation you can just do it.
Again in multiple studies, homeschoolers outscore their government schooled counterparts in ratings of their social skills.
Homeschooling costs about 1/10 as much as the cost of government schools. Specifically, public school cost an about $6000/child/year contrasting while the average spending on homeschooling is $500 /year/student. If all children were homeschooled, this would save taxpayers over 275 billion a year.
Many home educating parents do so because they believe that God has placed a call on them to home educate their children. Some parents would describe homeschooling as a way to disciple their children rather than just teach.