The “Why”, The Cornerstone
There are a lot of ways to do homeschool. There are also different experiences that come with it. Oftentimes, it’s fun and exciting. But there are also times when it’s stressful and challenging. This is why it’s important to be grounded in the “why” of your choices.
Why stick to it?
A few mommies asked me recently on how to homeschool. I will be writing a series of homeschool tips and guides but I would encourage every family planning to do homeschool to start with your “why”. This will be very cornerstone of it all. If you fail to properly establish this, the rest of your building block onwards can be crocked. You’ll end up discouraged and giving up. But when you know your “why”, it will fuel the rest of your homeschool experiences for the rest of your lives…
Benefits of Homeschooling
To be honest, it’s actually better if families choose homeschooling. It’s well-rounded and has more benefits.
- Individualized Learning – Kids can enjoy the needed attention. They don’t have to wait on the rest of the class if they are smarter. They won’t have a learning gap if they struggle with lessons because you are there to help them Each child can be focused. No one is left behind. They can be cultivated and trained accordingly to their own individual strength, abilities, talents and calling.
- Thorough Lessons – Remember the times when you often don’t finish the books in a certain level because the teachers will just depend on the capacity of the class and missing our almost half of the book’s lessons at the end of the school year? Teachers still move students to the next level even if all did not complete the level’s scope of learning as long as students meet all requirements? Ever heard of parents sharing that their child is already of age but can’t still read or write? This rarely happens with homeschooling because students go through the lessons from cover to cover and won’t move to the next level until phases are learned and passed.
- Cheaper – You save at least 50% of your annual educational expenses because you don’t spend on uniforms, transportation, “baon”, tutor, and other miscellaneous that’s not needed in their learning.
- Your kids learn real life experiences because they are not limited to books, the classroom or an annual school field trips alone. They get to go see real farm animals; touch, pet and feed them instead of just watching pictures inside the classroom and do a coloring activity afterwards.
- They live out concrete life skills and won’t have to adjust after their years in school because home making, chores and being out there in the world is oftentimes how they learn.
- Varied socialization – They are not limited to peers of their own grade level but are exposed to mingle with coop classmates, mommies, daddies, extended families, people at church, malls, parks, etc. Don’t believe me? Try talking to a homeschool kid, you’ll probably regret it after because they often wouldn’t stop… 🙂
- Won’t be bullied – Coop classes are always uplifting. No child is negative to other children. And if issues between kids arise, parents are there to always encourage the fruits of the Holy Spirit.
- Protected from bad influences – Can’t imagine Sovi and Tice learning how to gamble, flirt, have pre-marital sex, and the like because they hang out with ungodly friends.
- No hassle and stress in the commute.
- Productive time at home and other areas of life.
- Focused parenting – You are there to correct mistakes and lead them in the ways of the Lord because you are with them 99% of the time. You get to respond to tantrums, heart issues, and guide with them through life’s joys and difficulties.
- Unlimited and unboxed resources – With today’s time and age, everything is just one click away. Thank God for Google and YouTube. This makes homeschooling even more interesting and realistic! We can go as far the latest discovered planet in the Milky Way, to how to prepare pizza for dinner, to geography and Spanish lessons with Dora, to godly ways with Boz… There are also more museums and parks. You can grow seeds this week and raise chickens the next week. Or just simply doing activities outside the house like learn living or non-living things, or experiencing how to buy eggs in the sari-sari store on their own, at 4 years old. 🙂
- Intimacy with your kids – This is my favorite. I get to kiss them often, embrace them as much as I want. Tell them how much I love them… Take care of them when they are sick or in pain. Watch movies with them. Laugh with them. Explore places… Play… Watch them grow. Be their best friend… It’s both a reward and joy raising children intimately. I love it. Yes there are challenges, frustrations, melt downs and moment when I raise my voice… but most of the time, it’s full of fun and love. There’s a sense of delight and gratefulness having them close to us as they grow up.
Others might say that despite these benefits, we are putting our kids in a bubble and they might not be able to function in a “real world”… Or they may have some difficult times transitioning later.
But from what I have personally seen with the families who have been homeschooling for 15-20 years now, those concerns are all myths. All I see are children raised in the Lord flourishing in their passions. Ask Tim Tebow, I believe he will totally agree with me on this. 🙂
Yes there are some loop holes and it’s not all perfect. But is there an educational system which is? This is also where our core reason of why we’re homeschooling would strongly come to place.
Our Very “Why”
I am a believer of education. I’m an educator my profession, I have one more year in my doctorate in education, and I even started my own school in the city dump 10 years or so before. Education is a right every child should have. Nelson Mandela even emphasized that, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Thus, all children should receive the best education possible…
Jay and I are also big believers of revival in the Philippines. We want to see this nation flourish in God’s call and destiny one day. Furthermore, it should just be normal that we will train our very own generation towards that stand. We want to raise Sovi and Tice as beckons of Light that will bring His reformation in their generation. We want them to be set apart. We are raising them as Nazarites (not literally but the spiritual concern of it, to be separated from worldliness, to live life reminding His holiness and life). If we are here to impact lives, we should start and focus on our children first in faith that God will use them in the revival that’s coming so they can pass it to the next generation… to a thousand generation more. We desire to shape our boys in the culture of heaven!
With this general stance, our number one “why” when it comes to homeschooling is to raise our children as God’s Light for this nation and generation.
Yes, there will probably be schools which can take care of this vision, but not with the same urgency, seriousness and cry like Jay and I have. Thus, we decided to take it to ourselves to be personally training them in the ways of God.
Without a doubt, Sovi and Tice will excel in any school… They were born stars. They are very smart and skilled. But life isn’t all about fame and fortune…
Life is more than school awards, memorable activities, graduations, recognitions, recitals, grades and medals. It is about real life skills, being a productive member of the community and entering heaven with an eternal crown.
“We don’t homeschool for Harvard. We homeschool for heaven.” – Mike Smith
How about you? What is your family’s “why” for your kids?
Coming blogs related to this: Watch out for these posts!
1. Homeschooling: Choosing the Right Curriculum
2. Homeschooling: Homeschool Provider
3. Homeschooling: Homeschool Network
4. Homeschooling: How to Start from Scratch
5. Homeschooling: A Day in the Homeschooling Life of Sovi and Tice