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Got Vision? Part 3

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I’ve covered goals we want our children to achieve before they leave our home and our reasons for homeschooling as part of sharing our family’s homeschooling vision, originally composed in 1999. This week, I’m going to focus on the big questions that everyone—including the grocery store cashiers—asks: What about socialization?

Here’s what we think about the whole socialization issue:

  • We want to socialize our children in ways that will be honoring to God, rather than their peers.
  • We want control over our kids’ friends and contacts.
  • Our children do not need over 1,000 hours a school year of interaction with kids who could possibly be a bad influence on them.
  • Our children need to learn how to relate well to people of all ages and in all situations, not just to kids their own age in a classroom setting.
  • Our children are/will be involved in various church, co-op, and community activities with kids their own age. They will be permitted to choose one other sports activity at a time according to their own interests.
  • We aren’t hermits, and we are not raising our children to be such.

Q4U: What do you think about the whole socialization issue?

Bethany

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Got Vision? Part 2

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In Got Vision? Part 1, I outlined our original goals that we want our children to achieve before they leave our home.

Today, I’m going to outline our reasons for homeschooling. While my parents and our church family were thrilled at the prospect, not everyone else was as happy. We needed to have concrete reasons to present to the doubters (who have been converted in the years since, by the way!).

  • Safety—the most physically, mentally, and morally safe place for our children is in our home, under our direct supervision.
  • We will be able to lay a stronger foundation in godly morals and our family values.
  • Our children will each have an individualized education—with flexibility and different choices for curricula and other activities.
  • Our curricula will have a Christian world view in all subjects; the Bible will be a basis for all other learning.
  • Our children will be in a nurturing environment.
  • We want to strive for academic excellence.

Q4U: What are your reasons for homeschooling?

Bethany

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Got Vision? Part 1

milkWhen we first started homeschooling, way back in 1999, we were encouraged to think about why we wanted to homeschool our children, not only right then, but in the future. We were also encouraged to come up with a set of goals that we wanted our children to meet before they graduated from our care (homeschool or otherwise, just before they left our home to be on their own).

Here is the first part of our vision (modified only slightly from the original), goals we want our children to achieve before they leave our home. We want our children to . . .

  • have a personal, vital relationship with God, which includes active spiritual growth, displaying the fruits of the Spirit in daily living, effective evangelism, and a clear, working understanding of the Bible
  • be independent thinkers and independent learners
  • love to read
  • have basic life skills, such as consumer math, housekeeping, transportation, etc.
  • develop an appreciation for fine arts
  • have competent computer skills
  • develop good people skills—to be able to work well with others, to choose friends and a godly mate wisely
  • speak well and write well
  • strive for academic excellence
  • develop cultural awareness
  • be able to display hospitality

Bethany