Why are we homeschoolers? (The Lewis Family [Frank, Kari, Matthew, and Jonathan] of Home School Enrichment Magazine share the following.) As homeschool support groups across the country are ramping up for their kickoff meetings, it’s pretty clear that the traditional start of another new school year is just around the corner. As such, there are all the usual feelings of excitement, apprehension, anticipation, and all the other thoughts and emotions that go along with this time of year. It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of final planning, last-minute purchases, and maybe the odd checklist or two. But in the midst of all this, let’s not forget the main reason we, as Christian homeschoolers, have chosen the homeschooling lifestyle. For many of us, the framework behind our decision to homeschool is the desire to serve and please God by giving our children a Christ-honoring education. After all, without that, none of the other things really matter much. So, what better way to start the new school year than by consciously and deliberately dedicating it to God? That is, most of us claim to be homeschooling for His honor and glory, but at the same time, it’s all too easy to get too focused on ourselves. If you haven’t done it already, why not pray right now that God would make His presence felt in your home and your homeschool throughout the upcoming year, dedicate the year to Him, and commit to following His purposes for your family? That’s the best way we know to get the new school year started off with the right foot forward!
Homeschoolers – The Cultural Threat: (Judy at Consent of the Governed made the following observation.) As for savings to the taxpayers… the public school people ought to be ever so thankful that we continue to pay for education resources, in our respective towns, that we do not use, in the same way as our private school counterparts. One would think that public school administrators would be more than happy to push kids out of their school door to be homeschooled, so they could have less kids to worry about, and a bigger pie of funding to distribute to educate less kids. Instead they tend to fight the homeschool model and block kids from leaving. I think it’s mainly a "control thing". Heaven forbid parents teach something at home that other people cannot "content control".