Homeschool 101

Homeschool 101: What is Homeschooling?

What is Homeschooling?

Homeschooling is the wholistic and worthwhile endeavor of a parent/guardian taking the primary responsibility in the education of the child.

Wholistic and Worthwhile Endeavor

I describe homeschooling or home education as an endeavor because it evokes the idea of striving for something or achieving an end. At the same time, I use the word wholistic because as teachers, we should aim to educate the whole person, who are embodied souls that will last for ever.

Furthermore, the fulfilment of this obligation should not feel as if it were just merely done for the sake of duty alone, but it should be delightful. The things we strive for the sake of our children is both duty and delight, therefore it is welcome and worthwhile. Thus, we must aspire to be worthy of the role of teacher in the lives of our children.

Primary Responsiblity

It is also the parent or the guardian (or the main caretaker) who takes the primary responsiblity in the education of the child. This means that the parent or guardian accept the roles and responsibilities of directing and designing the education of the child, including the consequences of these choices. However, this does not mean that they cannot employ the services of other learning institutions, tutorial services, and other means of acquiring education.

What Homeschooling is Not

Homeschooling is not “school at home.”

The structure and schedule will look different from the school setup depending largely on your educational philosophy and pedagogy.

Harvey and Laurie Bluedorn provide a wise caveat in their book Teaching the Trivium: Christian Homeschooling in a Classical Style,

If you try to do homeschool like a classroom school – using their course of study, their scope and sequence, their curricula, their class format, their teaching methods – then you will probably buckle under the burden and give up. And you will be right – that kind of schooling does not fit in a homeschool. Rare is the pair of parents who have the time and the talents to bear such burdens. It will truly test your commitment to Homeschooling. The great advantage of tutoring your own children at home is that much of what goes on in classroom schooling is rendered completely unnecessary.

Bluedorn, Harvey. Teaching the Trivium: Christian Homeschooling in a Classical Style (p. 42). Trivium Pursuit. Kindle Edition. Emphases Mine.