I have been spending some time rethinking our homeschooling, what I want to change and how I want our days to look. It really all comes down to one question: Why do I homeschool?
It seems like this should be easier. I even have a philosophy of education written up. I don’t disagree with anything I wrote back then. But I also know how much stricter I was then, with my daughter’s neatly divided binder, the copy work and the emphasis on diligence. We still did school, or played at it, between certain hours and I craved the school bell to regulate the passing of the day.
I said we “educated for liberty,” but there wasn’t nearly as much liberty in our home to follow interests that led away from my plans. I was still very much a school teacher in my classroom of one. But I have always been a reflective one and as I pondered what I believed education was and what it should look like, I struck on a number of ideas that would shape our homeschool over the years. Perhaps that is why even today, I do not object to anything I wrote. I just know the outworkings of those ideas look very different today than they did then.
Because instead of just “educating for liberty,” I’ve learned to embrace the liberty that homeschooling provides.
We homeschool to put Christ first in our homes.
We homeschool so that our children can follow their passions.
We homeschool so our children have time to do nothing at all.
We homeschool so we can go hiking on a Tuesday afternoon and just wonder at what the whole world must have looked like when Lewis and Clark came through.
We homeschool so that when we get bored of the history book I chose, we can set it aside and read books from the Dear America series, instead.
Basically, we homeschool so we can have time: time for God, time to explore, time to wonder and time for each other. What greater gift can we give to our children than time?
This post is part of the Virtual Homeschool Fair, an opportunity for homeschool blogggers to come together and share about how and why they homeschool. Check out the other participants and recapture some of your own vision for homeschooling!
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5 Reasons to Homeschool High School by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds
Weird Homeschoolers by Kim R. @ Good Sweet Love
How We Make Homeschooling a Lifestyle by Jeniffer @ Thou Shall Not Whine
Our Ever Evolving Homeschool Story by Christy @ Unexpected Homeschool
5 Reasons You Will Want to Homeschool by Michele@ Family, Faith and Fridays
How Our Homeschool Came To Be (and why we continue) by Sabrina @ Kids, Crunch, and Christ
So… Tell Me Again Why You Homeschool? by Leah @ As We Walk Along the Road
Virtual Homeschool Fair 2018 – Week 1 – Why do I Homeschool by Joelle@Homeschooling For His Glory
Homeschool Reasons: Bullies, Faith and More by Annette @ A Net In Time
In Pursuit of Purpose by Laura @ Four Little Penguins
A Long Time Ago . . . Why We Decided To Homeschool by Kym @ Homeschool Coffee Break
The Why Behind Hopkins Homeschool by Amanda @ Hopkins Homeschool
5 Reasons We Love Homeschooling by Brittney @ Mom’s Heart
Why We Homeschool – It’s What We Do by Kristen H @ Sunrise to Sunset
Why we Home Educate and Extra Benefits by Sarah@Delivering Grace
Homeschooling: The Big WHY? by Lisa @ True North Homeschool Academy at Golden Grasses
Regaining Your Homeschool Focus by Jen @ A Helping Hand Homeschool
1998 vs. 2018: Why We Homeschool by Debra @ Footprints in the Butter
Our Homeschool Why by Jacqueline@A Stable Beginning
Because Life is Precious by Lori@A Home Where Life Happens