One of my favorite reasons to home educate is family time, included with the joint spiritual, physical, and growing relationship. When comparing how many hours a day a child spends in regular school and the hours left for family time, it makes me sad. Most likely, all the time that there is left to really have a family conversation would be at breakfast and dinner time. That was our number one reason to home educate our children. It hurt to imagine that we had to put them in school, away from us, for so long. In our home, all that precious time is there for me to mold my children’s character, teach them their academics while learning valuable home and life skills, and as an added perk, they get to see their daddy more often, as he is able to come home for lunch and share the meal together.
I found the following video on YouTube, by Home Educating Family Association, about how Kirk Cameron briefly explains why, together with his wife, decided to homeschool, and it matched so well to why we decided to home educate our children.
I agree with Kirk in that us, home educating parents, beside academically educating our children, we are “life schooling” them by growing together in so many aspects of life.
We enjoy more and more this lifestyle as we continue to grow in our relationship with God as a loving family, that knows each other really well, and well enough to build friendship, companion, respect, and trust. It gives me the opportunity of TIME to DEDICATE my efforts into bringing up well-rounded Christian children, and later responsible, God fearing adults. That’s the best I can offer to this decaying society.
“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6 NKJV)