Start Here: Find Your Why

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It is time to declare your “why.” Finding and declaring your reasons for homeschooling is the first step toward homeschooling success. So what are your reasons? Why are you wanting to homeschool?

According to the US Department of Education, 91% parents choose to homeschool due to a, “concern about the environment of other schools.”

In other words, there are numerous reasons parents homeschool, most of which can all be traced back to a dissatisfaction with current traditional educational options.

The Homeschool Journal

We are more likely to remember, and follow through with the goals and ideas we write down.

It is highly encouraged that you use a clean spiral notebook or composition book, and create a homeschool journal, just to be used for your homeschool planning, ideas, and notes.

Get out your Homeschool Journal, and take some time to record your reasons. You will revisit them and they will help you remember why you chose to homeschool on the days ahead when you need a reminder. I guarantee, you will have days where you will need these reminders and you will be glad you recorded them.

Find your why

Write down all the reasons you want to homeschool. Common reasons people choose to homeschool include:

  • Dissatisfaction with the current school

  • Philosophical reasons

  • Safety concerns

  • Health concerns

  • Learning differences such as giftedness or a learning disability that require a more personalized educational experience

Reasons vary from family to family. No reason is too trivial. Write them all down.

Homeschooling Isn’t for Everyone

Now that you have gotten to the heart of why you are homeschooling, it is time determine if it truly is the best decision for your family. While in many cases, homeschooling can provide a superior education, however, that isn’t the case in every situation.

Successful homeschooling requires you to be more engaged in your child’s life. After all, you aren’t just a parent, but your child’s primary educator. No matter how you choose to homeschool, it generally requires more time and attention than what is typical when children attend school.

Are you ready to make the commitment?