I think that developing your own philosophy of education is extremely important when making the decision to homeschool your children. It is needed for the best possible chance of succeeding at this sometimes tiresome job.
Below is the philosophy that we developed when we first decided to continue my family's tradition of homeschooling. Our homeschool support group actually requires that all of its members develop their own philosophy of education before they are "allowed" to join the group. At first, I thought it was a simple task and I didn't see the point of completing it. But now I do! For years I kept a copy of this posted on my fridge to remind me daily WHY I was doing what I was doing. What an encouragement that was! I hope that everyone out there takes the time to develop their own.
The Metzger Family’s Philosophy of Education
Heritage Christian Academy
Education is a life-long experience. We believe that our children’s education in childhood should be primarily directed by their parents. Parents know their child better than anyone and they know their specific needs. As I have learned through being homeschooled myself, homeschooling provides a great opportunity to mold your child’s scholastic education to meet your child’s individual needs. A homeschool teacher can tailor the school work to fit the child’s strengths and improve on their weaknesses to the best of their ability. There is no need to push the child beyond their limits and no need to hold them back from what they want to achieve. The sky is the limit! Homeschool provides an atmosphere for learning unlike any other. It provides a boost of confidence in what you can achieve.
We want our children to develop godly relationships with their peers through socialization. That is one of two main purposes for a homeschool support group. Support is valuable for the parental instructor, but also for the student. Socialization with peers and interaction with people of all ages is an important part of the educational process. Homeschool support groups also allow for the parental instructor to continue their own educational process by learning from other mom’s experiences and trading ideas and information.
We want our children to graduate, as homeschoolers, with self-confidence, a deep knowledge of God, a Biblical worldview and a superior and personalized education. We seek to enable them to become the godly men and women that God wants them to become. A firm knowledge and personal relationship with Jesus is the basis of an excellent education. Education is meaningless without Jesus! Parents enable their children to learn and, in turn, apply godly morals, values and principles. We seek to train our children up in the way that they should go, as said in Proverbs.
"Train up a child in the way he must go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it." (Proverbs 22:6)