Why Do we Homeschool?

I get asked the question, “Why do you homeschool?” A LOT. I usually take the easy route and briefly describe how unhappy Edward was at various schools over a four year period until we had an ‘Aha!’ moment and realized that it wasn’t a particular school that was the problem but the entire concept of ‘school’ – traditional schooling anyway, which was all that was on offer in the places we lived. I then go on to say that I found out about this thing called ‘homeschooling’ and thought it sounded great, that it IS great, in fact so great, we decided it would be best for our younger daughter as well and feel lucky that she’s never had to go to school at all. 

BUT, I leave out lot of the other reasons why we homeschool; the way for instance that it’s practically a spiritual experience, as is parenting for me in lots of ways. The link I’ve posted from ‘mothering.com’ talks about a lot of the other reasons we homeschool. The authors boil down the reason they homeschool to 3 things – Freedom of Body, Mind and Spirit and what this means in a homeschooling context. We are having some issues at home at the moment balancing one family member’s freedom with another’s but that’s great practice for life! On the one hand we encourage our kids to feel very entitled to free expression and to have their opinions seriously heard and often heeded. But sometimes we find it hard to have our lives so dominated by two such little people even if their desires are perfectly reasonable! Our family life sometimes feels like 4 adults sharing a house together, in the way I used to do as a student and in the early years of my working life. And sometimes that feels hard! I didn’t much love it then and I thought there should be some perks to parenting – like your kids doing what they’re told! But since we don’t believe this is right (well, in some things like manners but not in most others) we have to accept the consequences – constant negotiation and swallowing of adult ego to really be fair and right in our parenting – to allow as much freedom for everyone in our family to fulfil their destinies.

Do you homeschool for somewhat spiritual reasons?

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About homeschoolingpenny

Hi and welcome! My name is Penny and I used to live in Bahrain but In November 2012 moved to Dubai and now we live in Granada, Spain! If you want to contact me my email is pjmontford@hotmail.com. I recommend you start my blog on 'Day 1' but please enjoy whatever you dip into. 23 February 2012 marked the first day of no more school FOREVER for my two kids. Edward, who is nearly 10 had attended a variety of schools since he was very little. Petra, who is now 6, has never gone to school. On this date we decided Edward was never going back to school and Petra never would go to school. We hope to successfully homeschool from this day forward, although we would consider an alternative school as an option- if there was some amazing Sudbury or other really alternative school. Actually, I prefer the term 'home learning' than 'homeschool' because I don't like to think of school coming into our home. In fact, I hope to go further and guide/learn alongside, rather than teach, my kids using the 'unschooling' philosophy to instill a lifelong love of learning in them. We lived in the Middle East and now Spain all of which are very challenging places to home educate. This is an exciting journey that I used to blog about regularly, at first it was on an almost daily basis. Please join me on our travels and I hope we might be able to help each other out along the way. I certainly hope I can be a source of support and comfort and, in time, knowledge to all potential/presently participating homeschoolers/home educators/unschoolers. Good luck to us all! If you want to read about why I started home educating, why I pulled my son out of a 'very good' private school mid-term, how I felt at the very start and how my philosophy has evolved, please start from 'Day 1' of the blog. Please do post comments at the end of any days that you read. Your opinion is valuable and it's great to start up debate amongst other people commenting too, however old the post. Thank you for visiting homeschoolingmiddleeast.
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