Yes, we are a proud homeschooling family. I can't tell you how many times I have heard the above question. SO. MANY. TIMES. So, why in the world would we want to homeschool?
I have lots of answers to that question because there are lots of reasons why we homeschool. Most people I encounter usually just nod and smile and think we're a little crazy. Though homeschooling is increasing in popularity with more and more families choosing this mode of educating their children every year, we still don't know that many homeschoolers and most of the people we are close with really don't understand why we do it.
I have always wanted to, but never have, sit down and write out in clear and concise language why we do it and what our philosophy on home education really is. And I still want to do that. And someday when I have lots of free hours (which is pretty much never if you are a homeschooler) I will do just that.
But today I came across this blog post and this blog post (it's a 2-part series on the same blog) that really put into words our primary motivation for home teaching our children. This particular post is based on a biblical commentary written in the early 1800s, looking primarily at Deuteronomy 6, a chapter of the Bible that contains one of the most oft-quoted verses of Scripture given by Christian homeschoolers when asked that WHY question. Specifically, verses 6-7: