We believe that educating children at home is a great way to ensure that they not only receive the benefits of individualized academic instruction, but also the advantages of character, faith and life skill development. We also believe that it's a great way to slow down the pace of family life, and to minimize the demands on our children outside the home.
Perhaps most importantly however, we believe that homeschooling will give us the greatest opportunity to encourage our children to seek their passion(s) in life; to seek their happiness, their purpose and to give back to the world in a meaningful way. Homeschooling allows us the opportunity to capitalize on our children's respective strengths rather than their weaknesses, in the process helping them to discern what will bring both joy and purpose to their young lives.
Homeschooling offers us flexibility to do volunteer and community service regularly, take both vacations and field trips (of varying lengths) with fewer scheduling barriers to overcome, and pursue interests in-depth for as long as we'd like. It provides increased opportunity for "real world" application of studies through apprenticeships and other project-based learning options (more of that when our children are older), and allows us to assess our children's learning in ways which we deem meaningful and authentic.
We acknowledge that no lifestyle is without drawbacks, and homeschooling is certainly no exception, but we find the homeschooling lifestyle is a good match for our value system and family dynamic.
We use an eclectic blend of approaches in our homeschool, varying our approaches and practices as we see the need. We do embrace many of the Montessori ideals, particularly those of promoting self awareness and accomplishment in young children, using child-led approaches to learning, and of helping children to become aware of cultures other than their own.