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Homeschooling is a Lifestyle

Homeschooling Is A Lifestyle

What comes to mind when you think of education? When you think of homeschooling?

According to Britannica online, education “can be thought of as the transmission of the values and accumulated knowledge of a society. In this sense, it is equivalent to what social scientists term socialization or enculturation. Children—whether conceived among New Guinea tribespeople, the Renaissance Florentines, or the middle classes of Manhattan—are born without culture. Education is designed to guide them in learning a culture, molding their behaviour in the ways of adulthood, and directing them toward their eventual role in society. In the most primitive cultures, there is often little formal learning—little of what one would ordinarily call school or classes or teachers. Instead, the entire environment and all activities are frequently viewed as school and classes, and many or all adults act as teachers. As societies grow more complex, however, the quantity of knowledge to be passed on from one generation to the next becomes more than any one person can know, and, hence, there must evolve more selective and efficient means of cultural transmission. The outcome is formal education—the school and the specialist called the teacher.”

A few things stand out here:

  1. Education is viewed as the means by which we create and pass along culture.
  1. Primitive cultures engage in less formal education, and instead are immersed in their culture day in and day out, hence knowledge is passed along naturally.
  1. More complex societies create an environment where more knowledge is needed, and therefore “specialists” need to be called in to impart this knowledge.

As a homeschooling mom, we could look at this definition and allow doubt and questioning to come in, i.e. “I can’t teach my kids everything, am I doing them a disservice?”, “Will my children be ‘weird’ since they aren’t going to school and therefore aren’t being immersed in the culture?”, or maybe even, “Am I using a ‘primitive’ form of education by homeschooling? Maybe current culture requires my child to be taught in a school by licensed teachers?”

When I read the definition of education and see this wording, I see it as a little one-sided. It almost has an air of judgement and a stance that education in a society like that of the U.S. can only take place in a classroom by “specialists” – or “experts”, if you will.

I would submit to you that a well-rounded education comes not only from formal education, but also through experience in the world. This is where homeschooling, though it may be viewed by some as “primitive”, “out-dated”, or “old-fashioned’, creates a space for an excellent education for your children.

What this encyclopedia entry calls “primitive”, I call beautiful. What better way to learn, gain, and retain knowledge than to not only read about a topic, but also to experience? What better way to know how to function in society, than to interact with as many different people as possible?

Homeschooling provides all this because it’s not just education, it’s a lifestyle. Learning takes place all day, every day, even when there isn’t a book in sight.

What does homeschooling teach, besides Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic? It can be an environment where you impart your faith to your children and guide them to taking ownership and making it their own faith. Life skills are learned as children interact in the home and watch Mom and Dad function with the flow of the home. Homeschooling provides a flexible schedule where opportunity for hands-on and observational experiences can take place outside the home. Having your kids at home provides a safe environment to tackle and talk about life’s issues with your children, at a time and a manner in which they can comprehend the topic. Leadership skills can be developed as children interact with people of various ages. Homeschooling means you make the schedule and the topic requirements; this means as your children get older and begin to express interest in various possible careers, you can expose them to these careers in ways they would not otherwise be able to, if they were in a classroom all day.

Homeschooling provides many positive experiences and outcomes. It’s an adventure parents choose after much consideration, and out of a desire to provide the best environment for their own children. Children aren’t carbon copies of each other, so education shouldn’t be carbon copied either.

If you have chosen homeschooling as your preferred method of education for your family, I highly encourage you to make it a lifestyle. You’ll most likely find it naturally turns into your lifestyle, but you can begin to open the door to this lifestyle by recognizing the opportunities that await you.

In this blog series, we will talk about the homeschooling lifestyle when it comes to faith, marriage, parenting, siblings, family, community, and daily tasks.

Part 2 begins with making Christ the foundation.

I’ll see you there!

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