Monday, April 27, 2009

Are You An Accidental Home Educator?

As a home educator, I often hear many parents comment that they don't think they would be able to home school their children. Often times, they assume that I am a very intelligent or academic person, by the way, I'm not. I'm actually a VERY average person.

I've found that most parents who think they would not be capable of home schooling are already doing so by accident. If mom, dad, grandparents and older siblings consistently do any of the following with your children, then you could be what I have come to personally refer to as an accidental home educator. Yes, you may send your children to a public or private school 5 days per week, but how much supplemental education do your children learn or have a need to learn from everyday life within your own family? Below are a few photos from a week of school in our home. As you view these, ask yourself the following, "Could I do what this family does? Am I already doing what this family does? If so, why am I allowing my children to be indoctrinated with non-Christian values (public school) 5 days a week, 6 - 8 hours per day?"

Homework OG and EJ doing their seat work. EJ is in 1st grade. He is able to complete his textbooks and workbooks within 1.5 - 2 hours per day, 4 days per week. OG is in 4th grade. It takes her about 3 hours per day, 4 days per week to complete lessons in 8 subjects. Even when JP was in high school, he was able to complete ALL his subjects (5-7) per year in 4 hours per day, 5 days per week. In home school, our children do not experience the common distractions that occur with 20+ other students. Because of the lack of distractions, our children are able to finish their seat work during class time thus, no extra homework.


  1. This was such an inspirational post.
    When I clicked on the photo it brought a full screen of it up. this may sound strange, but I just had to smile of their itty bitty toes! I have no idea why I noticed them, but I did. *grin* They are such beautiful blessings!

  2. Mrs. M,

    I agree, they are blessings - thank you!

    I also find children's toes and feet adorable - they are so small and cute.

    I am glad to hear that our home schooling method is an inspriation to others. Home schooling really isn't as difficult as many assume. As mentioned in the post, most families are already home educating in many areas - they just haven't recognized what they're doing as home schooling.



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