Thursday, August 16, 2012

Home Schooling - At Home or Always on the Run?

Home schooling brings about many sentiments when people hear that words.  Some people think it’s awesome, others awful, still others strange. My parents home schooled me through high school and are in the process of doing the same with all of my siblings. I loved it, and I plan to home school our kids, as well.  But when searching through Pinterest the other day, I saw a pin that really struck me.  It said this, “Why call it homeschooling if we are never home.” 

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 I am sure you all knew a home school family (or two…or three…) who home schooled but you never knew how they got things done because they were a.l.w.a.y.s. gone.  Perhaps that was even your experience if you were home schooled.  In my experience, that family’s house was always chaotic and stressed because they were never home to focus on the basics.  To do what needed to be done.  To have time to think.  To do school right.  They were simply never home.

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Now, I am not saying it is bad to get out and do things.  I don’t think we should leave as hermits isolated at home.  What I am saying is, if you choose to home school, don’t forget the basics.  Don’t forget about the importance of being home.  Some families can handle more than others, so how much you need to be home is going to vary family by family.  But I do know this – no family can really keep things in order at home and succeed at getting school done right if they are always gone.  Kids need to be taught how to care for things at home and live as a family at home just as much as they must be taught math, reading, and writing.  It is important to remember that home should always be a focus – whether you are home schooled or public schooled or have no kids at all.

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1 comment:

  1. This post explained my thoughts exactly! My parents said their reason for homeschooling is to give their children a safe and very family oriented environment to grow up in. If your constantly on the go, you miss those simple everyday moments at home with your family.