I just watched Mom’s Night Out for the third time and I just absolutely love everything about that movie! I think I laughed even harder the last time, even through all the bonus features!
Of course, as a homeschool mom, I loved the fact that the directors of this film are homeschoolers and that they give credit to their mom and their homeschooling for their becoming filmmakers. Because of their homeschooling, they had more flexibility in their schedules and were able to pursue a passion they had, at an early age. You can watch their short story here along with a trailer to the movie.
There are a lot of reasons people give in favor of homeschooling but I’d have to say that one of my favorites is being able to focus on my kids’ main interests; it makes school exciting for them and in turn, easier for me! Of course, I teach them the basics: math, reading, writing, science, social studies, etc., but at home I can spend most of the time on things that are more interesting to them, and it has changed through the years. My son wanted to read, so that’s the first thing we did and he was reading at a 2nd grade level at age 5. Then he wanted to type, so we worked on that and he’s pretty good at it already. He’s 7 now and he is really interested in science. He wants to invent things so we’re doing experiments and will be working with electronics. He’s learning how to build circuit boards! He also wants to learn the drums and is very talented already (so daddy, the drummer, gets to be his music teacher).
I don’t know exactly what God has planned for my children, but I do know that God has put desires in their hearts. And just as the Mom’s Night Out brothers had a love for film-making, my children are going to have a love for something in particular. And with them at home, I can recognize it and teach them according to those desires and see them prosper in those areas of their life.
Now, I’m not at all saying that if you don’t homeschool you can’t help your child pursue his dreams. This isn’t about whether you should or shouldn’t homeschool. Matter of fact, three out of the 5 of us in our family graduated from public schools and we turned out pretty great. This is just MY main reason for homeschooling now and I’d love to hear from other parents on why you homeschool (as long as it’s not just because you hate public schools). 😉
Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.
There are a lot of reasons people give in favor of homeschooling but I’d have to say that one of my favorites is being able to focus on my kids’ main interests; it makes school exciting for them and in turn, easier for me!