Parents decide to educate their children at home for a wide variety of reasons. Yet all who make a decision to homeschool face questions and concerns at the outset. Sometimes taking that first step is the hardest. What roadblocks have kept you from making the decision to educate your children at home? Hopefully, by addressing some of the common homeschooling issues your roadblocks will become pebbles under your feet!
How much does it cost to educate your children at home? How much do you want to budget? Sure, you can spend the cost of private school tuition per year in homeschooling expenses. But you can just as easily spend very little. An expensive curriculum will not guarantee “success.”
- Higher Education
Worried that your children will have a hard time getting into college if you homeschool? Fear not! Homeschoolers are not only being accepted into the colleges of their choice, their acceptance rate by desirable colleges and universities exceeds that of the general public.
Do you love your children with all of your heart? Are you willing to put the needs of your children before your own, including their educational needs? Then you’re qualified!
As more and more parents choose to homeschool, the concerns by critics over this issue have been largely laid to rest.
There are parents, who because of their circumstances, find it difficult to squeeze one more hour out of a day. However, it is very easy to overestimate the amount of time it takes to educate our children at home.
Answering the Critics
As homeschoolers, we all face a certain amount of criticism. When you swim against the tide you tend to develop a hard shell. Sometimes it may seem that a really smart comeback would be handy. Responding “Nanny-nanny-poo-poo! I’m right; you’re wrong!” might make you feel better but the long-term benefits are dubious.
Helps from others:
- An Open Letter to My Homeschool Children
Article in Home School Enrichment magazine by homeschool graduate and homeschooling dad Israel Wayne explaining why he and his wife educate them at home. (Type in pg. 80 in the navigation box at the bottom. Free registration required.)
- Don’t Miss It — The Blessings of Homeschooling
Article by Christa Sterken covering several commonly heard responses as to why some may not think they want to homeschool their children, and the benefits of doing so. Home School Enrichment magazine.
- Homeschooling: Helping Children Achieve Academic and Personal Success
9-page download from Calvert School detailing the benefits of homeschooling — from academic performance to socialization, lifestyle, and gender differences. “Active parenting and close involvement in the homeschool environment encourages all children to learn and succeed regardless of age, race or even economic status. In fact, college programs are beginning to actively seek out homeschooled students as they are more academically prepared for higher learning.” (Free registration required.)
- How Homeschooling Has Benefited My Life
Written by a homeschool graduate, outlines the benefits of homeschooling including basic life skills, an edge in the workforce, a godly foundation, and time and space to develop skills in an advanced way. “So instead of asking myself, ‘How has homeschooling benefited my life?’ I prefer to ask myself, ‘How hasn’t homeschooling benefited my life?'”
- Is Public School an Option?
“Is public school an option? For Christians who take the Christian worldview seriously and who understand the issues at stake, the answer is increasingly no. The number of Christian parents coming to this conclusion increases each year.” — Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
- A Major Force in Education – Homeschooling in America
“As president of a seminary and college, I can attest to the fact that questions about the educational aptitude of homeschooled students are now settled. These students can hold their own as compared to students from all other educational backgrounds. One other fact speaks loudly to me concerning their education. Most of the homeschooled students I meet at the college and graduate levels indicate an eager determination to homeschool their own children when that time comes.” — Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary