Monday, August 16, 2010

Why We Decided to Homeschool

Why did we decide to homeschool? I have been asked that question many times and I wish I had an easy answer to give. It is a difficult question to answer easily and the answer depends on who is asking. You know the ones who are interested in homeschooling and struggling with the question themselves and the ones who have already made up their mind on the subject; the answer is different.We all have many different reasons for why we choose to homeschool, and there is no short answer. I could go on and on in detail about the talks my husband and I had, the list, the plans, the alternatives, etc. we discussed but I have decided to put it in a top five format. We made the decision together and agreed 100% like everything else in our life this was a joint adventure and we are in it together.

Below are the top five reasons we chose homeschool for our family.

  1. Health reasons - When we first talked about homeschooling, I was pregnant and we were discussing the future and how we planned to raise our family. Little did we know that a 28 week preemie with a congenital heart defect and other medical conditions would help seal the decision. LittleBit is a heart baby and has trouble with the heat, getting sick easily and staying sick for longer than normal. We knew with homeschooling he would stay healthier and it would be simpler to work around him as needed. His health is our number one priority.
  2. Education System Concerns – The education ratings for our state are bad, there is no other way to put it. It is truly sad to know that high school students graduate without basic fundamental knowledge that we take for granted. When 8th graders can not read on an elementary level, there is a problem with the school system.
  3. Moving at his learning speed - LittleBit started reading at the age of 2, he picked up a book and started reading. I wish I knew how, other than he got his Daddy’s brain power. By the time he was three, our pediatrician started asking where we were going to send him to school and actually recommend homeschool or a Montessori school. We had already decided to homeschool and she supported the decision completely. He is now reading on a 5th grade level and his learning ability is mind boggling to me. By choosing to homeschool, he learns at a faster rate, limited only by his abilities.
  4. Instill our value system and beliefs – This is self explanatory; we both feel that homeschooling gives the time and opportunity to immerse him in our belief system and values we want him to have.
  5. It simply works for our family - Homeschooling works for our lifestyle. It gives us the time to travel, take needed breaks, work around illnesses, schedules, etc.


  1. Hello! I'm visiting form the hip homeschool blog hop. Cool blog!

  2. Nice to meet you, wow what a great post! I found you on the Homeschool Hop. Can't wait to read more of your posts - signed up to follow you. I invite you to come visit my homeschool blog & follow back! Enjoy the rest of your week! :)

  3. I love posts like this. I made a page on my blog about how and why we chose to homeschool.

    Came by from the Hip Homeschool Hop to say hi!

  4. Thanks for joining in Hip Homeschool Mom's / Hop. I'm anxious to get to know you better! LOVE your blog and heart!


  5. I love reading people's stories about why the started to homeschool!! Thanks for stopping by my blog! Love yours...just followed you on Twitter too!

  6. Lots of great reasons! Following from Hip Homeschool Hop!

  7. I'm visiting from the Hip Homeschool Hop. I think it's awesome you are able to homeschool your son. He would be so bored in regular school, because his reading ability is so high.

  8. There are so many reasons to homeschool. And it's also interesting to watch those reasons morph and change with time and varying circumstances! It was a joy to read yours!

    Heather at Cultivated Lives

    arrived via the HHH.

  9. hi! thanks for sharing your reasons. i'm glad your preemie is thriving so well! i'm visiting from the homeschool hop. i am your newest follower :)

  10. Oh, I can so relate to #3. That's been our biggest reason to homeschool. I think it's quite rare to find a public school system really equipped to deal with the needs of gifted children.