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Why I Homeschool

Every month Mother Goose Time Blog Ambassadors get a new topic to write about, in addition to the regular posts.  This month's topic, Professionalism, is more aimed at the people using the curriculum in a pre-school setting, but I figured it was a great time to write a "Mission Statement" for my homeschooling, and explain how Mother Goose Time helps with work towards my mission.

As I have found out through homeschooling my foster daughters this summer, homeschooling is time consuming.  While the girls will be going back to school in the fall, Little Guy will always be homeschooled.  It is worth the time and energy to me, because I love him, and am responsible for him.  I feel that homeschooling has many benefits, including the ability to tailor the education the child receives, decide on the most appropriate curriculum, and teach them diligently about a Biblical worldview.  Different things matter to different people, but these are the motivating factors for me.

Mother Goose Time is not a Christian curriculum, but it does open up a lot of communication about the things God has created.  Until Little Guy was old enough for 1st grade curriculum, I would have taught him only about letters, phonics, vocabulary, and basic math.  Never would I have thought to teach him about butterflies, bees, desert tortoises, stringed instruments, or almost any of the other topics we have studied with Mother Goose Time.

There is also a focus on character development, which isn't only Christian, but definitely something that we can connect back to God, and back up with Bible verses and stories.

In addition, we also get the Experience God add-on, which teaches him Bible stories, Bible verses, and truths about God.

On to my Mission Statement:

We are homeschooling with an intent to create an environment where our child(ren) can learn and develop, educationally, functionally, and most importantly, religiously.  Above anything else, we want to instill in our child(ren) the Biblical values we believe.  Although salvation is something each person has to choose for themselves, we want to do all we can to ensure that we have "trained them up in the way they should go".  It is our goal that when we are done with the homeschooling process our child(ren) will be ready to contributing members of society, in both work and life.

This is really the first time I have written it down, and it will probably go through many changes to sound better, and add to it the things that Little Guy desires for himself as he gets older, but at the foundation, this is why we homeschool.

Do you homeschool your kids?  Have you ever written down a Mission Statement?

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  1. I love the idea of a mission statement for a family! I think that if you raise your kids with that mission in mind always reminding each other about it, it might steer a lot of tough decisions in the right direction. You have inspired me to talk this kind of idea over with my husband:) We too are going to home school our little one due to our Christian values as well. I haven't looked at the Experiencing God part of MGT, but I am definitely going to try it out in the future :)

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