Should Freedom Matter to Homeschoolers?

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Should Freedom Matter to Homeschoolers?

You better believe it should!

Too often Americans take their freedoms for granted.  Just look at families around the world whose country does not allow them to homeschool.  They are fighting for their freedom to raise their children according to their beliefs & values.  Although this article is not about the fight for freedom, I think it is important that we as homeschoolers recognize all the freedoms we have.

As we prepare to celebrate our political freedom on July 4, let’s take a look at what we have in the United States.

Freedom to Choose

Parents have the right to choose how, when  & where their children will be educated.  I know there are some limitations in some states, but overall you have the freedom to choose:

…how you spend your time each day with your kids

…what’s most important to teach your children during different stages of their growth

…what values you will teach your children

…what faith you will instill in your children

…what style of teaching you will use in your homeschool

…whether you will teach inside, outside or on a field trip

…if you should participate in a co-op, use a video, play games, read a book or some other method to teach reading, writing & arithmetic (& much more)

…the list can go on & on

As homeschooling parents you have a myriad of freedoms.  Do you realize all the freedoms you have?

Freedom to Serve

Most of the time we think of freedoms that help us do what we want to do or how we want to homeschool.  One of the most important freedoms is the freedom to serve others.

As your children are homeschooled, be sure to regularly involve them in service projects.  I’m not talking about “service programs”.  What I’m referring to is real life service to those around you.  It begins by teaching your sons to open the doors for ladies…all ladies.  It continues by watching your neighbor’s child when they have to visit a friend in the hospital.  Or, taking a meal to an elderly friend.

These are everyday, ordinary ways of training your children to serve.  They should be part of your life already so your kids will enjoy the Freedom to Serve by Serving.

Freedom from Classroom

Although I’ve mentioned this above, you are not confined to a classroom.  Most public & private schools spend 99% of their time in a classroom, sitting in a desk, working through a textbook.  This is not the best way to learn.

You have the freedom to use the BEST homeschool resources possible.  (And yes, I’ll be discounting some of those homeschooling resources in our Freedom Sale this Friday, July 1st)

Homeschooling resources include real living books (not textbooks), unit studies, hands-on activities, lapbooks, science experiments, visits to museums & parks, nature studies…Real Learning where real life is happening.

Freedom to Sleep In

Let’s face it.  Sometimes you need some extra sleep.  I remember when my middle daughter was playing basketball games out of town in her high school years.  They would get home at midnight from some games. (We got home earlier because she rode the team bus).  Her teammates had to get up for school the next morning.  She had the freedom to sleep in, feel rested and be ready for a productive day.

Sleeping In isn’t necessarily lazy.  Sleep is so important and we often don’t take advantage of this freedom.

Freedom to do school anywhere & everywhere, all day long

Remember: education is a lifetime experience, not a 12 year experience and you’re done.  Education happens all day long, so take advantage of those educational opportunities when they arise in your homeschool.

Teach character when your children are arguing

Teach biology when you notice the bugs at the park

Teach math when you are in the grocery store

The list can go on and on.  You have the freedom to educate your children all day long.  It is a blessing & a freedom, so take advantage of it.

Freedom Sale

As I stated earlier, we are preparing a Freedom Sale to help you homeschool.  I’ll be posting the links here on July 1.  I’ll also send an email to you if you get my homeschool ezine.  If you don’t get it, you can sign up here:

http://www.CurriculumConnection.net

 

4 Responses
  1. Terri :

    Date: June 29, 2011 @ 10:24 am

    Awesome reminder!! Thank you!

  2. Susan Mueller :

    Date: June 29, 2011 @ 12:04 pm

    Kerry, this is such a good post. Homeschoolers definitely need to teach their children to cherish their freedom. We do that by teaching our kiddos where that freedom comes from.

    First, it comes from God. Freedom isn’t just a privilege, it’s a right given to us by Our Heavenly Father and therefor, cannot be taken away.

    Second, understanding freedom and liberty is essential to keeping our country and homes free.

    A wonderful Independence Day to all,
    Susan Mueller
    EducatingToday.com

  3. Susan Kuykendall :

    Date: June 29, 2011 @ 6:23 pm

    I’m excited to find your site and explore your resources. Thanks for all your encouragement!

  4. Kerry :

    Date: June 30, 2011 @ 8:42 am

    Thanks for all the kind & encouraging comments.
    Kerry

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