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6 Reasons to Homeschool Your Children
  1. The Time to Disciple Our Children.

    We had the freedom to begin our school days with prayer and Bible reading, stop to address an area of sin or disobedience, or deal with an area of character development using the principles found in God's Word. We took time to cook a meal for a sick friend, visit a neighbor in the hospital, and serve our church. We memorized Bible verses as a part of our school work, not in addition to it. I learned the Ten Commandments for the first time as I helped the girls learn them for AWANA. Once they became teenagers, we worked our way through devotionals that taught them how to keep themselves pure, be a witness to their friends, and impact the world for Christ. Our daughters saw us living out our faith day in and day out because they were with us. We found that while the quality of time we spent with them was important, the quantity of time afforded by the homeschooling lifestyle gave us many opportunities to live out our faith together. 

     
  2. The Choice to Live Life at a Slower Pace.

    One friend shared with me that her family life was so busy with school, homework, extracurricular, and church activities that she didn't even have time to bathe her children during the week. Our lifestyle, while full, still gave us time for home-cooked meals with friends, sleeping in after a late night, and read-aloud stories after dinner.

     
  3. A Chance to be Well-Socialized.

    Because they were educated in a learning environment that regularly reached beyond a classroom, my children have always been able to communicate and interact well with people of all ages, not just their peers. They learned to talk with the elderly as we visited a nursing home every week for a year and a half. They learned to enjoy young children as they volunteered at summer camp and Vacation Bible School. They learned to relate well to adults as they worked alongside them and learned from them in various campaign events and ministry opportunities. Imagine my surprise when I heard my daughter interact in an informed and articulate way with her senator regarding a recent education bill he had introduced! My children were better prepared for the real world which is not age-integrated. They could relate to people of all ages and walks of life.

I am the first to say that homeschooling, like any other educational alternative, is not for every family. It was right for mine, and it may be right for yours. I encourage you to evaluate your current situation, pray with your spouse, and ask God to show you what is best for your family. Claim the promise of James 1:5, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God who gives to all men liberally, without finding fault, and it shall be given to him.”

If you feel led to consider homeschooling, I encourage you to do some research. Talk to a homeschooling friend, explore the resources available on this website, and invest in a few good books.

God bless you as you seek God’s Will for your homeschooling adventure!


Bio of Lori Hatcher

 
Lori Hatcher   Lori Hatcher is a 17-year veteran homeschooler and mother of two young adult daughters. For 10 years she led a homeschool support group in Columbia, South Carolina, where she lives with her youth minister husband, David, and four-footed friend Winston. She is the author of the devotional book, Joy in the Journey – Encouragement for Homeschooling Moms (now available at Mardel.com), and the blog Be Not Weary (http://www.lorihatcher.com).
 
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