Our reasons change every year. I wanted to put down our new reasons for this academic year, from all of us combined.
Reasons for the Kids
Mom teaches us the gospel and we can trust her because we know she believes what we believe. The kids get to help teach each other academics. We can be with our siblings more. Mom and dad went to the temple together and Heavenly Father told them to homeschool. We get to do math and spelling! We get to do L.I.F.E. School, which is fun! At home, we get to eat whatever we want because everything we like is at our house. We can actually be the ones who make the stuff. We want to learn to make stuff. We get to play with legos when it’s recess time instead of only on the playground. We can play outside or with legos. We get to take naps at recess time so we won’t be tired. We can see mom. We can draw more. We can see our parents. We get our own library. We don’t have to carry a heavy backpack around. We can color more. We get to do lots more things! There is more time with mom. If there is bullying, then mom is there to stop it. There is nobody we don’t know. If there are, we are meeting them with mom there. Everyone in our homeschool has the same religion. We can learn about Jesus during the daytime every day. Jesus wants us to learn His gospel. We like to learn math and reading and writing at other places and at home. Mom wants us to do good stuff and clean the house so it will be so shiny and so people will like our house. We want to read and write our letters. We like learning on field trips. We want to count one two three four five.
“Sacrament Meeting,” by The Jackson kids, 2015
Mom’s and Dad’s Reasons
We know God wants us to do this. He has guided us to do LDS Homeschooling. He guides us daily to know what to work on next and how to place our focus. We teach them the way we want them to be taught. We get to preserve love of learning. We get to teach them our religion and to understand, love and obey God. We get to preserve liberty by teaching them about liberty. We get to teach them academics to their levels, to all of them at the same time and in a way that does not make them feel inferior or superior to others, and which keeps their happiness and self-love healthy. We get to help the kids avoid tests, overwork, pressure and negative peer and teacher influences or abuses. The kids get to make friends and hang out with friends on their own terms and on our terms, and the friendships are more genuine and good because of this. We get to do learning field trips as a family a lot more than we’d otherwise get to. We get to set our own standards and parameters for every subject. If something is not working, we can change and fix it immediately and there is no red tape or beaurocracy involved. We have no convincing of others to do to change things—We just change them. We are accustomed to each other and nobody has to adjust to a new teacher. The teacher is mom and she loves the kid the way a teacher would not because she is their mother. Homeschool is a safer environment. There’s not as much testing. There’s more individual attention for each child. We also disagree with new nationwide standards.