I’m not homeschooling to get my kids into Harvard or Yale. It’s not why we started homeschooling nor why we keep homeschooling. Don’t get me wrong, I’m thrilled every time I hear of another homeschooled child receiving a full-ride scholarship to an ivy-league school.
But that’s not why I’m homeschooling.
Why Are You Homeschooling?
In order to have a well-run homeschool, you have to know why you’re homeschooling otherwise you’re just going to sabotage yourself. This is why we’re spending day 2 of the 31 Days to a Well-Run Homeschool series focusing on why we homeschool.
That’s because if you’re homeschooling to give your children the freedom to be children and to have time to explore, but choose to fill every moment of everyday with drill, memorization, and activities designed to create the perfect child, no one will be happy. In fact, I think it’s safe to say everyone will be miserable.
You won’t be meeting your goals for homeschooling.
On the other hand if your ultimate goal in homeschooling is to get your children into Harvard with a full-ride scholarship, you may want to include more academics and well-chosen activities for your homeschool.
You will be meeting your goals for homeschooling.
That’s why we’re beginning by discussing why you’re homeschooling in the first place.
Think about it for a second.
- Are you homeschooling because the public schools weren’t a good fit? Do you plan to put your kids back into the schools when your children are older? If so you’re going to want to stay current on what your children will be expected to know at each grade level.
- Perhaps you’re homeschooling because you want your children to enjoy the freedom of following their interests.
- You may want to give your children the gift of an excellent education and send them off to school better educated than some professors.
- You may wish to focus on your children’s characters and religious education.
- Your children may have opportunities in the arts, sports, dance, or drama that they wouldn’t be able to enjoy while enrolled in school. You homeschool to allow your children the chance to explore their dreams now, before they grow up.
- You may be homeschooling so your children are accepted into Harvard with a full-ride scholarship.
- So why are you homeschooling?
It’s important that you know and understand why you’re homeschooling. You can’t create a well-run homeschool for your family without this knowledge.
After all if your child is dreaming of being the next Simone Biles and spends hours at the gym, planning a 10 hour homeschool day isn’t wise.
Your homeschool has to fit you and your family. It needs to be one which brings delight into the family. Makes you follow rabbit trails with wonder and curiosity.
Another way to look at why you’re homeschooling is what you want your children to get from the homeschool. Do you want them to receive an excellent, personalized education? Do you want them to have time to explore the world and learn only what they need to know?
When your child is 18 and heading out the door, where are they going and what have they done to prepare for this opportunity?
Spend a few minutes exploring why you’re homeschooling and what you want your children to receive from this experience. The secret to a well-run homeschool balances why you’re homeschooling.
As for myself, I’m homeschooling because want my children to have both an excellent classical education and the time to explore their interests. Homeschooling allows me to balance the two desires.
Let me know in the comment why you’re homeschooling and what you want your kids to receive from your homeschool. After all, there’s no right or wrong answer!