Many people look at homeschoolers and wonder how and why they do it. Some people think homeschooling is a hassle and think “why don’t you just send your kids to school so they can be taught by a professional?” It all depends on your worldview.
If you believe that you don’t have as much to offer your child as a teacher does, then you will think that homeschooling is not for you. Actually, homeschooling can be a positive experience for both parents and children. The parent gets to do some soul-searching and decided to take on this endeavor and the student has the benefits of individualized attention and curriculum.
Homeschooling is legal in most states and can be done without fear of doing something illegal as it was at the beginning of the homeschool movement or in many countries today. We have the tremendous privilege to be able to choose how and what our child learns. There are many people in other countries who would love to home-school their children but are just not allowed to.
Choosing how and what your child learns can be seen as a huge burden and responsibility, but actually can be very rewarding. When you pay attention to what your child likes and how he learns best and then you find a system of learning that you both can live with, true learning takes place. Most school classrooms can’t offer the individualized curriculum that homeschooling offers. You can’t just take your children out of school and let them play, but playing games and creating projects can teach your child many valuable skills.
When you examine what you truly believe about education and learning and trust the fact that this child was given to you to teach and enjoy, then you can move towards homeschooling with confidence.