When people find out we homeschool they are generally not shy with their opinions. We've heard it all from...
But my post today is not to argue my case for homeschooling. Today I would just like to share what I find to be the #1 reason we love homeschooling.
(disclaimer:I do not believe we are superior parents for homeschooling and if you have chosen public education for your child/family, we respect your decision and right to do what is best for you.)
I am going to start by sharing a quick story with you.
This last week my mother was in town for a long overdue visit, and we decided to just soak as much of our Honey as we could. One of the things we decided to do was head downtown to visit a local donut shop we had been dying to take her too.
Upon leaving the shop, sat a young homeless man outside the shop. He was kind, started to make small talk with my kid, and politely asked a man who walked by to please by him a donut.
When my mother heard that he was hungry, she turned back around and went back into the donut shop to by the man some breakfast. Before we were able to return with his food, the police had asked him to move along and he was gone.
My son 6 year old son started to cry. He begged us to go looking for him, so we walked up and down a few blocks searching for the man but were unable to find him.
Nixon become very upset. When I asked him if there was anything I could do he said 'Yes, you can find him and we can feed him. Mama, that man is so hungry. Someone needs to feed him.'
As we were all walking back to the car, all feeling a little deflated and some of us on the verge of tears, I began to talk to Nixon about homelessness, and the 1 in 5 children just like him, that go hungry every night.
Nixon sat there, huge tears in his eyes, listening intently.
He later asked us if we can pray for them and said 'One day, I am going to make sure that no kid like me is ever hungry.'
Later that afternoon, the hubs called from his business trip to check in on us and see how our visit was going. I told him all about our day and about how sweet Nixon's heart was hurting at the realization that some people are literally starving. 'Sounds like an important lesson was learned today.'
Yes, it was.
We didn't sit at a table that day and do worksheets. We didn't 'do math,' at least not in the way most people think of math. We didn't get out textbooks or practice handwriting. No formal education was taught that day but something much more special happened in my opinion. Nixon got a real glimpse of someone else's pain and suffering. He got to see it with his very own eyes.
If that is not socialization, I am not sure what is.
If that is not education, I am not sure what is.
That day, I was very proud of what Nixon learned. I was proud of the education he was receiving because, truth time, my number one goal as a home educator: to raise a human who is woke.
A human that is aware of our social issues.
A human who is compassionate, tolerant, and spreads love to everyone they meet.
Everything else they learn at home is secondary, added bonuses, icing on the cake, whatever you want to call it.
But first and foremost, I want to raise good humans, with kind hearts, and open arms.
I often hear that home educated children are sheltered, but I would actually argue quite the opposite. My children spend an exponential about of time out in the real world compared to children who are sitting in a classroom all day. I know they will be ready for the 'real world' because they are a part of it, all day, everyday.
I have every confidence that they will not only be ready for it, but they will also be ready to change it.
So, I guess you could say that the #1 reason we homeschool is not so we can shelter our children from the world, but to show them the world.
Do you homeschool? What do you find to be your #1 reason for doing so? I would love to hear!