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Homeschooling-and-The-Military

What does the Bible say about homeschooling?  Well it says MANY things but the verses that sticks out the most to us about homeschooling are “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.  You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.  You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.: Deuteronomy 6:6-9

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A long time ago, people had an image of those who home school as kids who were sitting around the kitchen table with stacks of books socially unaccepted.    Families are not bound to their house for school and with frequent moves it really helps with not having to withdrawal and re register in schools so often.  This also gives the child stability where school does not.  According to HSLDA ( homeschool Legal Defense Association) Frequent moves requiring children to change schools often lead to serious problems with stability and self-confidence, also students may find themselves repeating subjects already learned in their previous schools, which can lead to boredom and disruptive behavior. HSLDA maintains that home schooling provides students with stability and continuity. I have found that I agree with this as with our many moves, my oldest has done wonderful and never had an issue.

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A Lot of opponents of home school want to bring this up as a reason for not homeschooling.  However, research has shown the opposite of this. In fact many home schooled families participate more in community and church activities then their public schooled peers and most are involved in extra-curricular activities outside of their regular school time. These students also generally spend more time interacting with adults.

So why do military families choose home school over public schooling? There are several reasons.

  • One is the frequent moves.
  • Better academic test results
  • Poor public school environment
  • Improved character and moral development
  • Objections to what is being taught in public schools.
  • Another main reason I can see as well is for kids like mine who would be classified as special needs and placed in special needs classes.
  • Homeschooling allows for less medical intervention with medicine, allows for more flexibility with school load, curricula can be tailored for YOUR specific child instead of state set, and it is in a safe environment where the child is comfortable.

Go to HSLDA for more statistics on homeschooling

Know what your kids are being taught in schools.  http://indoctrinationmovie.com/

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Here are some tips:

  • As soon as we find out we are moving again, we go and do a search, print a map that routes our travel to that area.  This is already incorporating geography into your travels!!!
  • We plan stops along the way and we get input on where each person would like to visit.  We start making a plan to include those.
  • Each child is important and has a say!
  • We read books and study up on key places we will pass on our journey, for instance in our trip we will visit Mt Rushmore, so we have studied that so that when we see it, it is even more exciting! We do what I like to call car school during our travels.
  • We have many activities which I will share in another post to keep kids occupied on such a long journey ( over 2100 miles!) and also many of these activities are learning activities that can count as school while travel! So my kids still do not miss school even when going 2100 miles!!!

Stay tuned for more posts about homeschooling while traveling and traveling tips! Say a prayer for us as the movers will be here tomorrow.

In Christ,

Laura

 

 

 

Laura Prater is a long time Army wife, her husband just retired after 20 years Active Duty this past July. She, her husband, and family are still very active in the military community. Laura is an area volunteer for National Military Family Association and also contributes occasionally to MilitaryOneClick as part of their Blogger Brigade. In addition to all this Laura is a homeschool mom to their three boys. You can find Laura sharing her favorite recipes and chatting about faith, family, all things homemaking, and homeschool over at her other website www.awefilledhomemaker.com