My first essential is a reason for home education.
Home education/ homeschooling-call it what you will-is hard work. There are times when nothing seems to be working: the children don't seem to be learning, patience is diminishing and other pressures make home education difficult. This is the time when it is necessary to be sure of the reasons for choosing the harder route.
Before we started home education, a friend told us to write down why we home educate so that we could have this to refer back to when times get tough. This is sound advice.
We home educate because we want the children to be taught from a Christian worldview. This doesn't mean that we want them to be ignorant nor that we don't want them to know about other religions/ways of living. We don't think that we will make them little Christians, only God can do that, but we firmly believe that we have a duty to bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
I've written in more detail about our decision to home educate here.
This doesn't mean that our children are taught only one point of view and schooled children are taught from a broad range of views. Schooled children, in the UK, are generally taught from a National Curriculum that has a secular humanistic worldview. There is great upset if Six Day Creation is mentioned in the classroom. Yes, I teach from a Christian point of view but we see science and history programmes which certainly aren't made for our worldview. These can be used as discussion points.
It is worth putting in times of evaluation. There may be reasons why a child might be better in school or when home education has finished its useful role. Again, this is something to put into the written out reason for choosing to home educate.
Please join me tomorrow when I will be thinking about the essential support network.
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