We debated and researched our schooling options for several months before coming to the conclusion that homeschool was a good fit for our family. We have not come to this decision lightly or without having a full understanding of both the pros and cons of public schools and homeschool. We have read many books and articles about homeschooling and public schooling, as well as consulted many people on both sides of the coin and we believe it to be in the best interest of our family. We feel privileged to live in a time when the practice is so acceptable and the resources are so accessible.
How we Proceed
Here are a few of our top reasons for homeschooling:
- We can have full control over the quality of our children's education and
able to teach them beyond the current scope of public school curriculum.
- We can spend quality time with our children anytime we want to instead of
giving the school system the best hours in their day.
- We know they are safe and well treated.
- We can be the primary influence in our children's lives are and consider it
our responsibility and privilege to train our children and shape their
- We can give individualized time, teaching and learning tools and adjust our
teaching style by 3 instead of 23.
We have chosen the Abeka Kindergarten curriculum as our main program and we will also supplement learning with other resources such as Teach Your Child To Read In 100 Easy Lessons, What Your Kindergarten Needs To Know and The Ultimate Book of Homeschooling Ideas.
Our daily schedule will consist of a structured curriculum learning time in the morning and continuing into the afternoon with structured play, art, music and physical education. The state of Texas requires curriculum to cover the subjects of Math, Reading, Spelling, Grammar and Citizenship.
We feel confident that our children will not miss out on anything with their opportunity for involvement through the home school groups in our area, church activities, and the friendships they have already forged.
We have joined a very active homeschool group which consists of over 400 local area families. They provide plenty of opportunity for socialization, extra curricular learning activities, and field trips. They have weekly park days, science labs, sports and more.
Looking to the Future
Many of the finest colleges are now actively recruiting homeschoolers because they tend to be more self motivated and actively involved in community service and extracurricular activities. It also doesn't hurt that they tend to score 30% better on yearly standardized tests and 45% higher on the SATs.
Our goal is to create self confident life-long learners who are self directed and know how to find the answers they need to live happy and productive lives. We truly believe that we can give our children a more enriching education where higher standards are set both academically and socially.
Here are a few more of homeschooling’s credentials:
- It’s legal in all 50 states.
- Two million kids across the country are homeschooled according to the National Center for Education Statistics, 2003
- Second and third generation homeschoolers are creating a successful and illustrious alumni list that includes well-regarded artists, scientists, athletes and more celebrities than you can shake a stick at.
- Homeschooled children have more opportunities than most children to be actively engaged in the world around them, from youth programs like robotics clubs, to music, art and sports activities.
- Nearly all colleges and universities accept homeschoolers, and they’re typically very successful in their higher education experiences.
- Homeschoolers routinely score at or above average on college entrance tests [2008 ACT National Profile Report]
- Homeschool families tend to be close, communicative and have healthy self-images and lifestyles.