I thought it might be helpful to have a simple list of the reasons why home schooling is so worthwhile. When those discouraging days come along – it will be easy to pull up the list – to reinforce your resolve and strengthen you for your important work.
- Academics – It is an established fact that home schooled children score better on achievement tests compared with government sponsored education. Go here for the stunning statistics.
- Economics – Home schooling is far less expensive than private school, and the cost comparison with Government school is vast. “In Strengths of Their Own, Dr. Ray found the average cost per homeschool student is $546 while the average cost per public school student is $5,325. Yet the homeschool children in this study averaged in 85th percentile while the public school students averaged in the 50th percentile on nationally standardized achievement tests. [ibid]
- Freedom from peer pressure – Peer pressure is no longer just the province of teenagers. Children as young as five report being pushed to conform to a dominant child’s manipulation. Peer pressure affects everything from drugs, dating, sexual activity, STD’s, driving, alcohol, bullying, criminal activity, and world-view. “A recent Time/Nickelodeon survey of 991 kids ages 9 to 14 revealed peer pressure is more intense and at younger ages. If you have any doubts about this as a troubling youth trend review these stats carefully: 36% feel peer pressure to smoke marijuana; 36% feel pressure to shoplift; and 40% feel pressure to drink; 7% of fourth graders, 8% fifth graders, 13% sixth graders drunk beer, liquor or wine coolers in the past year. “ [Dr. Michelle Borba]
- Freedom from Revisionist science and history curricula – Considering that as recent as the 1940’s, public schools began the day by saying the Pledge of Allegiance and Prayer, with Bible study – one could argue this is the most important reason to home school. Do not assume that private Christian schools do not teach evolution. The fact that we are shaping future voters is enough reason to home school in one sentence.
- Teaching kids to work independently – The children from home school families are known for their ability to work independently, and carry this skill through to adulthood. In general, a home schooled child will have more rounded life skills than their counterparts. See here.
- Kids actually reach adulthood – The recent OWS spectacle is a good snapshot of what is being produced by secular education. Home school young adults are so busy generally – they could not even begin to think about wasting their precious time in such a fashion.
- Civic involvement – “Only 4.2% of the homeschool graduates surveyed consider politics and government too complicated to understand, compared to 35% of U.S. adults. This may account for why homeschool graduates work for candidates, contribute to campaigns, and vote in much higher percentages than the general population of the United States. ” [hslda.org]
- Community involvement – “Homeschool graduates are active and involved in their communities. Seventy-one percent participate in an ongoing community service activity (e.g., coaching a sports team, volunteering at a school, or working with a church or neighborhood association), compared to 37% of U.S. adults of similar ages . Eighty-eight percent of the homeschool graduates surveyed were members of an organization (e.g., such as a community group, church or synagogue, union, homeschool group, or professional organization), compared to 50% of U.S. adults. [ibid]
- Family preservation -The blessings of being home with your children go beyond the wonderful comforts of home made cookies. Dr. Laura Schlessinger’s work on stay home moms is superlative and personal. [msnbc.com]
- Obedience to God – Home school is the only way to obey this imperative from the Lord, which He gave to Israel after they had been given the Law. “18 Therefore shall ye lay up these My Words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes. 19 And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. 20 And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine house, and upon thy gates: 21 That your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, in the land which the Lord sware unto your fathers to give them, as the days of heaven upon the earth.” Deuteronomy 11: 18-21
How can you teach your children about the Lord as described in verse 19, unless they are with you all day?
My own recipe for whole -wheat your kids will eat! (for bread machine)
- 1 – 2/3 c. water
- 2 tbsp. powdered milk
- 2 tbsp. olive oil (does not need to be extra virgin)
- 2 tbsp. sugar
- 1 – 1/2 t. kosher or sea salt
- 2 – 1/4 c. white whole wheat flour **
- 2 – 1/4 c. bread flour
- 2 t. yeast ***
Place all ingredients in pan in order listed and set machine to “dough” setting. After cycle is complete, remove dough and form into rolls. Place in two cake pans sprayed with cooking spray. I always set these into a cold oven, (they will rise even more while the oven is preheating) and turn the oven to 350 degrees; 20 -25 minutes till golden brown and bottom sounds hollow when tapped.
This is a Saturday recipe at our house. Visiting children at our table have had one in each hand, and at my daughter’s wedding last spring – the guests devoured 100 of these rolls. There wasn’t even one left!
** Only use “white whole wheat” also known as Prairie Gold. It is identical in nutrients and fiber to regular whole wheat but less bitter. I prefer King Arthur, but Kroger offers a store brand which is adequate.
*** Depending on the freshness of your yeast.
For Sage’s “Hints for Home Schoolers” series, go to her page HERE!