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Why I Chose to Home School (Parents share)

*Another great thread from Facebook - with parents sharing! More reasons on the AHEA Facebook Page.
Why I Chose to Home School
*We are 2nd generation homeschoolers, biggest reason we chose to homeschool is because we were told to "train up a child in the way he should go" and I can't do that when handing my child over to other adults for 8 hrs a day.
*Our oldest daughter went to Kindergarten, because *everyone* did that. I had a friend who was HSing her children, but it was too odd for me to do. (smile) It took 3 months of Kindergarten for me to start seriously praying about HSing our daughter. She was academically ahead and doing well, but the playground behavior was an issue. I really missed her and she missed being home. HSing became a conviction for my husband and I that year. We decided to bring her home for Grade 1, and 20 years (and 3 more daughters) later, we are still home schooling. It was the ONE best decision my husband and I *ever* made for our family.

Ever had to answer the question "What about Socialization"?

Smile.    When I first started home schooling, I didn't know what people meant when they said that question.  I can remember Gregg Harris saying that, and then following that question with, "If he had a dollar for each time he was asked that...."  smile  (Have you come to that conclusion yourself?)

I saw a MUST READ ARTICLE on a study of Socializaton of Home Schooled and Public Schooled Children with some interesting results.  Why not read it today?

It WILL encourage you (esp. the results of Dr. Brian Ray's study - also mentioned!){jcomments off}

Not sure about Home Schooling Your Children?

I just know that there are some parents out there *today* wondering about home schooling their children in the fall (or even *next week*).  But you wonder if you can do.  If you are patient enough.  If you can live on one income.  Perhaps you are wondering if you are smart enough, too?

You know why you want to bring your children home.  Perhaps because of academic struggles, bullying, or wanting to be with your children more....

Right now, I want to encourage you about home educating your children.  You can do this.  You can try it out for a few months or a year.  You can live on less money.  Yes, you are smart enough.  Yes, it is worth it all to home school your children. 

I saw this great article earlier today that made me think of this - God Doesn't Always Call the Most Equipped - Sometimes He just calls those who love their children and will do what it takes. 

For whatever question you have, God has an answer for it. 

Will Home Schooling be easy?  Perhaps not. 

Will it be worth it?  Definitely. 

If God is calling you to Home Educate your children, He will help you do it and equip you as you start out on this journey of home schooling your children.  Need more support?  Find a local Home School Support Group.  Need more information?  Read some books or do a search online on how to Home School.  Check out the Home School Boards , also known as Supervising Agencies and decide who you want to notify with for next year. 

It is an awfully big decision, but you are thinking about it for such good reasons - your children.  They are worth all the effort, sacrifices and time it will take, and Home Schooling is worth it!{jcomments off}

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