I remember clearly, with my two younger sisters, I used to pretend I was a school teacher and my sisters were my students. I drew up flash cards with letters, numbers, and simple math formulas. My parents even gifted me a small blackboard to draw on.
For my birthdays, I looked forward to various pieces of stationary, journals, color pencils, and markers. I spent countless hours drawing and doodling on paper while my mind wondered off into the future of adulthood and freedom.
One of my hobbies was playing piano. At the age of 10, within a year, I was playing adult level theory music while most kids my age were completing their first or second level children’s theory concepts. I loved music and it was obvious through my music playing my ears were tuned to hear notes well.
As I got older, those creative aspects of my life were no longer present. I was programmed to be like every other average American student: get good grades, graduate high school, get a degree, go make some money.
The desire to teach was tossed aside. Because really, who makes money from that?!
The reality of what I see in the standard public school system hinders my child’s creative ability, and this is a trait God never intended to be taken away. God did not want endless, useless homework assignments. He did not want standardized tests to see how we would compare to the rest of the population. The thing is…we were not made standard.
According to a 2005 study in the UK, “of 1,600 children aged three to five who were tested, 98% showed they could think in divergent ways. By the time they were aged eight to 10, 32% could think divergently. When the same test was applied to 13 to 15-year-olds, only 10% could think in this way…when the test was used with 200,000 25-year-olds, only 2% could think divergently.” A key component to creativity is the ability to think divergently or in non-linear ways. They cited stereotyping in schools is what caused the decline in creativity.
We were each created uniquely in His image. To embrace what was uniquely given to us, to help serve others and fully live out our purpose.
“In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.” Romans 12:6-8
I understand not every family may be given the opportunity, time, or resources to provide homeschool. All I ask that as a parent, please consider your child’s God given talent and embrace their gifts as they grow & learn. For the reasons outlined below, this is why I am considering homeschooling.
- Freedom. Freedom to choose my kid’s schedules. Freedom to choose when we get to vacation during the year (and hopefully snag vacation deals that do not fall during typical school breaks).
- Time. Time. Time. Quality time to spend with your kids. Less time commuting. More sleep. Your child will be out of the house before you know it. Why not spend extra time with them before that happens?
- More Kinesthetic Learning Opportunities.“Children enter kindergarten as kinesthetic and tactual learners, moving and touching everything as they learn. By second or third grade, some students have become visual learners. During the late elementary years some students, primarily females, become auditory learners. Yet, many adults, especially males, maintain kinesthetic and tactual strengths throughout their lives.”(Teaching Secondary Students Through Their Individual Learning Styles, Rita Stafford and Kenneth J. Dunn; Allyn and Bacon, 1993)
- Efficiency. A typical homeschool program has less sitting down & book time. Most learning can be done while outside of the home, running errands, or playing outside. There are plenty of opportunities to learn!
- Increased Family Values. Because children will spend so much time with you at home, the chance of them straying from these values become slim.
- Increased Creativity & Talent. Instead of trucking your kids to/from school and getting up early, they will actually have time to be kids and use their natural creativity skills to cultivate their talents. Whether that is playing music, teaching, or drawing like I used to do.
- Better Socialization. Homeschool programs actually offer parents the opportunity to meet with other homeschool families. In some states, homeschool kids can participate in team sports at public schools. Kids can have plenty of time with friends and maintain deeper friendships, without unhealthy peer pressure and bullying.
- Save Money. In 2006, homeschoolers saved taxpayers $16 billion dollars. If you can’t afford private school, homeschooling is a great option.
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2