We see homeschool as a way of living. We give birth to our children, thus we have the responsibility to nurture them, to train them up to walk in the paths of righteousness and to survive in this world. In doing so, we could not afford the time we could have lost if we send our children to school. While keeping them beside us and involving them in our daily chores and activities, they see what life really is and get an idea of how to run a family. They also have the opportunity to recognize their own significance in our family. They see the world through us when they are not ready, and we prepare them to get ready when the time comes.
In Deuteronomy 6, we are instructed to “And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.” It will be very hard for us to do this if our children have to be away from us so many hours a day.
Another beauty of homeschooling is, we get the time to know each other. There are enough time for the siblings to play together, to get to know each other, and to learn how to help others to grow. They also know us. We truly live together. We treasure this kind of bonding.
We believe children is born with tons of curiosity. They love to learn. Inappropriate environment and pressure will kill curiosity. Therefore, we prefer homeschool than classroom setting. It is more flexible. And we have the chance to observe each of our child’s interests so as to provide appropriate materials and offer different opportunities for each child. Each of them is unique, don’t you think?
People often question us about the social life of our children. We put serious thought on this issue and we figured that the world our children are living in is actually more “real”. If our children go to school, they will see a lot of people indeed, a bunch of kids at their same age. Interacting and learning with a bunch of same age friends is quite an experience. In fact, it is quite a weird experience, as we could not find anywhere else in the world has this kind of setting. Also, a school setting allows children to get away from conflicts easily since they can play with different friends on different days and they can choose not to think about the conflicts when they are home. On the other hand, if they have conflicts at home with siblings and parents, they can just leave them behind when they are at school, delay or even ignore to solve the conflicts. When we homeschool our children, they see the real world with us, we struggle the real things of life together, each of us grow as a family.
Another point to ponder : if superbug burst out some day, it seems safer at home by the way.