Why We Homeschool

It's an inevitable question that will be asked countless times. Any homeschooling family knows this. It doesn't matter if the kid(s) left a traditional school setting or if if they've never spent any time in a classroom. A homeschool parent will always, without fail, hear a variation of this question,
"What made you decide to homeschool?"
I imagine there are as many answers to that question as there are people who ask it. In fact, there are so many factors that contributed to our decision to leave traditional education that my answer might be different every time I'm asked.

When I decided to blog about our home education experience I thought it would be helpful to include a little background on what lead us to homeschooling. However, I could never really sum it up. So, I put it off until I felt there was something worth telling, which I will post here as a running list.

Service learning is one reason I homeschool my child. Service means contributing or helping to benefit others and the common good. Learning means gaining understanding of a subject or skill through study, instruction or experience. Combining the two  concepts creates learning through active contributions that help meet the needs of our community. This isn't something promoted by traditional schools, public or private. Many schools encourage volunteerism or partner with non-profits, but what it often amounts to for students is a collection of donations with little emphasis on learning through an experience. After all, serving others will not show measurable outcomes on standardized tests and college entrance exams. 

And the list of reasons goes on...

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