Ten Reasons You CAN Homeschool

I've had some very honest conversations recently with people who are contemplating homeschool, but just don't think they can do it.

I waffle between being sad about this and wanting to scream, "Stop Telling Me Why You Can't Homeschool!".

The homeschool journey is much like traveling a train track (sometimes smooth, sometimes bumpy, sometimes you derail! - you can see great sights) and if you just have the courage to get on the train it will be the best trip of your life.

Now, when people talk with me and doubt their own abilities to homeschool, I tell them they CAN!  It will be the biggest blessing of your life if you simply take the plunge. 

10 Reasons You CAN Homeschool

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This post was written in 2013, and as I look back on it, my thoughts are EXACTLY the same.  

The life of a homeschool mom is one of self-refinement, and that refinement comes through our children. I am immensely thankful for the opportunity to educate my children at home. Without this challenge I never would have learned so many things about myself.

There are so many things I've learned, but here are the top ten ~ and they are ten things I am willing to bet might be true of YOU, too

1.  There is much joy in laying aside what I thought were my "dreams" and focusing on my children.

It's interesting that my dreams have shifted and are better than I could have imagined... and some are coming true!  A well meaning family member told me I would probably regret homeschooling because my life would just be my kids.

Guess what? It is. I think many moms buy into the lie the world feeds them that having motherhood as your mission just isn't worthwhile. We've bought into the lie for so long and our society is paying a steep price. 


You can homeschool because as a mother your mission field is right under your own roof.

Your children MATTER. 


*I recommend reading The Mission of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson. This book changed my perspective dramatically.

2.  I LOVE to learn!

 I never knew how much I loved the pursuit of knowledge and beauty until we dove into homeschool. I am learning so much - I never realized how LITTLE I knew before!

My passion has become reading aloud to my children and a love of classic literature. I never would have known this about myself had I not homeschooled.


You can homeschool because your love of knowledge will rub off on your kids.


It's an awesome gift to give them.

*Check out The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease. I refer to this book often for read aloud suggestions.

3.  I can march to the beat of my own drummer and ENJOY it

While there is a large homeschool community where we live, we are the only people in our family that homeschool. We are one of two homeschooling families in our church.

I have one foot FIRMLY in the homeschool world and the other firmly in the traditional school world. Two of my closest friends have children in schools. 

It takes COURAGE to do something totally different and I believe I am stronger and more faithful because of this. True innovators didn't stick with the "path" society prescribed for them, and I want my children to know that conformity isn't all it's cracked up to be.

I'm hoping it doesn't take them almost 40 years to realize that. 


You can homeschool because your children will see you stepping out boldly in faith and courage for THEM...

Maybe one day they will do the same for their own children! 


You will be strengthened by knowing you are blazing a unique path - created by YOU for your children. No other path will fit them better.

*A book I read early on in our homeschool journey was Weapons of Mass Instruction. It will give you the courage to march to the beat of your own drummer. Trust me.


4. What I thought was important really isn't.

Through homeschool I have learned that the important things in life are time with family, cultivating a mind and heart to serve God, and caring about other people.

The rest DOESN'T matter. 

Once again, society tells us that bigger is better, more is better, and busier is better.

My friends, I believe this is a LIE from the enemy himself. 

I still have a LONG way to go in this area, but with prayer and age I do believe it's getting better.


You can homeschool because you know in your heart what really matters, don't you?


You might want to get a good devotional -- something like 101 Devotionals for Homeschool Moms.

5. I can teach MATH!  (or not)

When you homeschool your kids you have to trust you are doing it "right". Some days I pray I'm getting this right, and I have to believe God's grace is sufficient for me.

God has equipped me with a brain and a creative spirit (and given me access to resources) to help educate my children. Doubting my ability is doubting God's gifts to me.

I used to wonder (and still hear the question ALL THE TIME),

I'm finding resources to help, math classes, and many other options. I can provide the same math education a school can provide.

It might take a little more work on my part to search that out and piece it together, but that's my JOB.


You can teach math because you have what it takes. If you don't know it, you can find resources and people to help.

The math excuse doesn't hold water.


6.  I love to encourage and listen.

I never would have called myself an "encourager" or a "listener" before I began homeschooling. I was always too concerned about myself.

After homeschooling turned me upside down, I felt a burning desire to let other moms know they could DO THIS!  

Homeschooling has nurtured these gifts in me and I believe I am to use them for God's glory.


You can homeschool because you might have hidden gifts, too.

If God is nudging you to homeschool, don't you think you should listen?


*My favorite book to gift to a new homeschool mom for encouragement is Pocketful of Pinecones. What a beautiful, inspiring story.


7.  I enjoy being submissive.

Wow. That's a statement I NEVER thought I would make.

My life is easier and our family is happier now that I have submitted to God (by obeying His call to homeschool) and also am submitting to my husband.

I used to have a friend who prided herself on being very independent - and saw it as a sign of weakness to submit to her husband. Once we made the decision to homeschool I had to slowly distance myself from this friend - it was a voice I didn't need as I was trying to make a major life change. (When you homeschool you will find your friendship base may shift -- and that's ok.)

I find I receive much more love, joy, care, and affection when I do submit. 

My husband is the natural leader of our family. He trusts me to homeschool our children and gives me advice and direction. We are a team, but it is understood that he makes the final decision in our home.

Just because I am submissive doesn't mean my husband rules me with an iron fist - quite the contrary. When I serve and obey my husband our family is happier. He is helping me realize my dreams and supporting me in everything I do.

I am a lucky lady to be sure.


You can homeschool because you might just be happier when you have submitted to God and your spouse.


My husband and I read the book Love and Respect a few years ago. It changed the way we relate to each other and the way we think about marriage. 

8. I am impatient, and that's OK.

Before I homeschooled my children I would have told you I was a very patient mom. 

Now I will tell you I am woefully impatient. I ask forgiveness and pray a lot. 

When my kids were in school I had a lot of patience at the end of the day because I had been by myself all day - it's easy to muster patience when you have peace and quiet without children all day long.


My children see me striving to be more patient.

They see a mom with flaws and in need of grace. 


The "I don't have patience" excuse really makes me laugh. If someone tells me they're afraid to homeschool because they might always be at odds with their child, I want to say (but I don't, for risk of offending them): 

"Isn't your child's education worth it to try and work on your relationship? Where there is a WILL there is a WAY!"

Some of the best things in life aren't EASY!

Are we promised a life of perfect relationships with everyone around us? Our relationships with our children take WORK. Maybe we are at odds with a certain child because they need MORE of us. 

You can homeschool because you are impatient. No one is perfect - including homeschooling moms!

*I believe a lot of impatience stems from being too busy. Years ago when I was a new mom I was in a group Bible study using the book, Little House on the Freeway. This book is excellent - it spoke to me then and it speaks to me now!

9. I need people.

I was raised to be self-sufficient. The goal was to get a good education and be able to take care of myself.

I did that for several years. It worked out fine, I guess.

It wasn't until I started teaching my children at home that I realized I needed PEOPLE. I needed to ask advice about what curriculum to use, how to handle certain heart issues with my kids, and I just needed FRIENDSHIP.

Homeschooling has taught me that there is so much to be learned from others. It's no good for my kids if I give them my limited perspective on things. 

I have also developed a dependence on God and His word that I didn't have several years ago.

I believe homeschool has brought me to my knees so many times that now I actually want to be there!


You can homeschool because you will have people to help you - even if you don't think you will - they will appear when you least expect them.

Your God is faithful and will never leave you.


*The best thing I did was join a homeschool group. Seek out a group (not online friends - real friends you can see any day you want!) and jump in for the friendship and support. It is so worth it.

10. I have the coolest kids on the planet!

Yes, I thought they were cool before we homeschooled, but something about being with them day in and day out has given me a new appreciation for them.

I know the details of how they learn, what excites and frustrates them, and the struggles they have.

This is my children and me, Mother's Day 2017.  After nearly 10 years of homeschooling, I can tell you without hesitation I would do it all over again:

10 Reasons You CAN Homeschool

I have learned  I have a daughter who is compassionate, fiery (like me), and full of musical talent.

I have learned I have a little boy (not so little anymore) who is so precise and loves any kind of details and facts. He will suprise you with his insightful comments and and observations. (He will also talk your ears off, which can be draining on this homeschool mom.) 


You can homeschool because the relationship you will have with your children will be DEEP and MEANINGFUL.

As they grow they will turn to YOU before they turn to peers in difficult situations.


At the end of the day, God and family are the two constants in your life. Are you investing in those two things on a daily basis?

Helpful Resources for Homeschooling Moms

The Mission of Motherhood: Touching Your Child's Heart for EternityThe Read-Aloud Handbook: Seventh EditionWeapons of Mass Instruction: A Schoolteacher's Journey Through the Dark World of Compulsory SchoolingOne Hundred and One Devotions for Homeschool MomsPocketful of Pinecones: Nature Study With the Gentle Art of Learning(TM) : A Story for Mother Culture ®Love & Respect: The Love She Most Desires; The Respect He Desperately NeedsLittle House on the Freeway: Help for the Hurried Home



If you homeschool, what have you learned about yourself in the process?

If you are contemplating homeschool, take heart - I KNOW you can do it! You will learn so many things about yourself that will be blessings in your life.

10 Reasons You CAN Homeschool

Why You Can't "Standardize" Children

'Tis the season.

In our neck of the woods it's the CRCT. 

I've taught in systems where it was the ITBS.  When I taught in the state of Texas it was the TAAS. 

Whatever the letters you give them, standardized tests cause children to dread going to school for a week (sometimes longer) because they know the drudgery and boredom that awaits them.  

I am well aware of the "NEED" for standardized tests.

And that need doesn't have anything to do with children and what is best for them.

Why You Can't Standardize Children


I have a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and Supervision. I spent two years of my life learning how to perpetuate the mass education and standardization of our nation's children - to turn them all into dutiful workers for the state. Before that I spent 10 years administering tests as a teacher in the public schools.

I could spout off dozens of "whys" for standardized testing - and sound quite convincing. 

I will be giving standardized tests this month in our homeschool.  I don't want to, but I have to (per the state of Georgia), and I know they need to be familiar with the reality of testing in our society.

No matter why they take the tests, children can't be STANDARDIZED, and neither can their learning.

Children are More than a Test

If you really KNOW a child, you know they are so much more than a test.  They are heart, soul, creativity, feelings, and a host of other things.

How can you measure subjective qualities like that?

Judging children by a test totally discounts their personalities and God given abilities.

Standardized Tests Can Be Outdated and Biased

When I was teaching I had a child ask me a question during the ITBS. This child was supposed to answer a series of questions based upon a picture. 

That picture was of a telephone booth. This was the year 2000. Phone booths were nearly obsolete, and in our suburban area this child had never seen one and didn't know what it was.

I couldn't help them.

That child missed every question in that section.

Their self esteem suffered because of a dumb test. I remember feeling so powerless.

I also worked in a 100% African American school. I wasn't aware how biased these tests are against African American children, but they are.  (That is a completely different blog post.)

Why You Can't Standardize Children


Ridiculous, right?

The system is so broken it's just overwhelming to even think about fixing it - so we'll just keep doing what we are doing.  That sounds like a plan. 


Teachers Are Devalued by Standardized Tests

I know so many wonderful teachers that were required to "teach to the test". They knew it was wrong, but they had to follow the rules of their administration.

I worked in one school where we had to place our learning objectives on a bulletin board in the hall... specific objectives in state mandated language. When people from the central office came by they were supposed to see evidence of "instruction to match testing goals."


Those poor teachers. Talk about stifling creativity.

Those poor students. 

Poor everyone involved, really.

Standardized Tests Bring Out The Worst in People

People will go to great lengths to ensure their school performs well on "the test".

Just consider what went on right here in Atlanta a few years ago. How sad.

Reading this sums it up:

It "confirms our worst fears," says Mayor Kasim Reed. "There is no doubt that systemic cheating occurred on a widespread basis in the school system." The news is “absolutely devastating," said Brenda Muhammad, chairwoman of the Atlanta school board. "It’s our children. You just don’t cheat children.”

You just don't cheat children.

Or do we? 


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A Personal Story

I didn't really think very deeply about standardized tests until my daughter was affected by them. She always tested well. So well, in fact, that her second grade teacher recommended (after good test scores and personal observation) that she be "tested" for the talented and gifted program at her school (called REACH).

As a parent, I was very proud. She took the tests. 

We waited for the results.

Rather than receiving a call, or even an email, my daughter got off the bus one day with an envelope. The gifted teacher had given it to her that day at school and had told her not to open it. It was for mom and dad to open.

She excitedly gave it to me, anticipating the results inside.

Looking back, I should have waited and opened it privately. Instead, however, we opened it together in the driveway.

Inside, the message (in bold type) said:

"Your child, Anna, did NOT qualify for the REACH program."

From that instant I had a very disappointed little girl in my house. Nothing we could tell her would make her feel better about herself. 

I didn't care one bit about her not getting into the gifted program. I cared about my precious girl's heart that had been crushed - her self esteem trampled on. 

I expressed my dissatisfaction with the teacher and the principal. 

I kept thinking in the back of my mind how she would be pigeon holed into a track of classes in middle school - not eligible for "honors classes" because she wasn't on that gifted track.  

I felt sick to my stomach. How could "THEY" know -- that my daughter - at the age of 8 - could be confined to a lower track than other children?

This was one of the final nails in our public school coffin.

The final nail came when in the beginning of third grade, at the first parent-teacher conference, her teacher told me what a lovely girl Anna was.  She said (and I quote) "I don't see her as "gifted" but she certainly loves to please and this will take her far."

I wanted to mention how this "desire to please" and "love of learning" might just ensure her success more than someone who was naturally "gifted". Her drive and determination might actually serve her better in life.

I knew then and there I couldn't leave my child in this environment for much longer.

Oh, I know many children that did just fine there, but I wasn't willing to leave my child's future in the hands of a system that clearly didn't have her best interest at heart. 

And I think, if many parents really ask themselves what is best for their own child, they would agree with me.

But I also think that many parents are just too uninformed, hesitant, or afraid of homeschooling to give it a try.

My daughter left that school just one month later... and the rest is history.

Yet Another Reason to Homeschool

My children's education now is SO FAR from what I was perpetuating 15 years ago. 

I am so thankful for the right to homeschool. I am thankful to let my children be who God created them to be. I am thankful they will not be judged by their ability to "bubble in".

I am thankful for the courage we had to pull our kids out of a system that so obviously segregates, subdues, and shuts down our children.

In recent months I've thought a lot about how fortunate we are to homeschool, and how that decision has changed my family's life in so many ways.  

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Also, the following books have greatly encouraged me as my thinking is dramatically shifting about education, testing, and children:

Dumbing Us Down:  The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling

How Children Learn

How Children Fail

Free to Learn



I'm curious - do you have to give your children standardized tests in your state?  What are the requirements? 

What are YOUR thoughts on standardized tests?

Why You Can't Standardize Children