I was inspired by this blog post at "The Homeschool Post". I certainly can agree with the A-Z's that this other Heather shared, and wanted to do my own. Some may overlap, and some may not. I think that this is an excellent exercise to thoroughly examine our reasons for the decision we have made in our home.
A- Accountability to God to train our children up in his ways.
B- Belief in knowing that following the prompting of the Holy Spirit to educate our children at home will plant seeds to sow great fruit.
C- Cherishing all the moments that would be lost if our children were being sent away for 8+ hours a day to be a number in a seat in an government institution.
D- Daydreams are building blocks of exploration into new areas of knowledge, and the children can explore the things they dream of instead of being trained to pass a test.
E- Excellence in homeschool is not how high one can score on a benchmark, but how excited they are about learning.
F- Foundation...God is welcome here, his plan is the foundation of all knowledge. Too bad the public schools have chosen to ignore this fact.
G- Grace, as shown to us through Christ can be modeled for our children and learned through practice and imitation.
H- Honesty. We all know what is expected of one another, and no administrator or teacher around here will have a hidden agenda.
I- Individuals. Yep, each of our children are an individual and at home they can have their individual needs attended to and adjusted for. They learn *their* way.
J- Jokes, laughter, joy...it is welcome at home.
K- Kooky, cause we can be and we don't care if anybody thinks we are. :P
L- Limitless: the subjects we can study, the hours we can spend on learning, the goals we can achieve, the people we can talk to in all walks of life.
M- Meals with the family are better for our children, and honestly for society in general.
N- No one is left behind. No, really! It's not a policy, it's just the way it is.
O- Oppression of our beliefs is not a factor, at home.
P- Playtime is also learning, not just a chance to get away from being confined in a seat for hours. We are never confined.
Q- Qualified, because God does not call the qualified, he qualifies the called.
R- Restroom...pretty simple here. If they need to go, they can, at anytime. No, they don't have to raise their hand or get a hall pass.
S- Socialization, the true kind, not the kind you get from being in a classroom with people all the same age being trained to raise your hand and walk in lines.
T- Talks...the kind that would be missed if the children were away for the majority of the day.
U- Uncomplicated social structure...free of drug pushers, sexual indoctrination, and bullying.
V- Virtue (noun) is taught here. Defined: Moral excellence, goodness, righteousness.
W- What we wear is not of anyone's concern...pajamas are just fine for school, shoes not required. The latest fashions and trends only matter if *we* want them to. Our kids are free to express themselves as they wish, with a few guidelines from Mom & Dad.
X- (E)Xtra hugs and kisses when they are needed, extra snuggles too
Y- Young...they are only young once, and we intend to be the ones who have the most influence over them during this time. They don't need confromation to society, they need a firm foundation in who they are.
Z- Zoo's are a lot less crowded when the majority of other children are in public schools. This goes for many other cool field trip destinations too!