7 Reasons Why I Plan to Homeschool My Children

If the Lord brings a wife for me at some point and then gives us children, I would love for us to homeschool them. Here’s why:

  1. The Bible tells us to “teach [God’s commandments] diligently unto thy children”. Homeschooling allows us to carry out everything in this verse as best as we can. Deuteronomy 6:7, “And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
  2. We could provide quality academics. For one example, I would like my children not to be part of the significant percentage of high school graduates who don’t know how to read.

    Bullying Stops Here
    A sign that we noticed “guarding” an AZ school.
  3. We could use Christian-based, educational materials that do not teach evolution and other godless ideologies that usually permeate secular textbooks and instruction. I have a friend who attends public school (in another part of the country) and has told me some of the unbiblical and ungodly things that are being taught in his school.
  4. The home is a sheltered environment that affords protection from worldly influences such as coarse language and potentially undesirable behavior among classmates.
  5. I would have no concerns about my children being bullied as is prevalent on school campuses.
  6. They would be physically safe in our home from mentally deranged individuals preying on groups of defenseless children.
  7. We could guide their behavior. From my observation of child-training, immediate and consistent direction is far better than when it is delayed and inconsistent.
Jesse Maxwell standing in arch
Jesse Maxwell standing in an arch

“Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons;”

Deuteronomy 4:9

18 thoughts on “7 Reasons Why I Plan to Homeschool My Children”

  1. Thank you so much for sharing with us. I think it is wonderful and a blessing that you want to follow God plan for your children. I am a mother of one daughter (16 years old) and I homeschool, After my husband passed away 2 years ago, I was worried about not being able to do it all on my own, but the Lord has blessed us, and gave me the strength. And she also plans to homeschool her children” if the Lord send her a husband and they have children.
    God Bless you and your family.
    We are very sorry about your husband.

  2. My husband and I have been married for 2 years and we are expecting our 1st baby this May!!! We will be home-schooling and our reasons are very similar to yours.

  3. I love this and agree with it all! It’s wonderful to see that you’ve taken your parents vision and will continue it into the future, seeing its reward. 🙂

    We have 3 little ones (5, 3 and 8 months) who I would love to homeschool, however, my husband doesn’t agree with it and prefers we send them to a nearby Christian school. Would appreciate prayers over them there and the situation if you think of us. 🙂
    Yes, we will pray.

  4. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Jesse. You are a wise, Godly young man and I pray that you’ll be blessed with your own children one day (Lord willing).
    Sadly, children today are exposed to so much evil in the world–especially those children in public schools. I pray that more parents will see the wisdom in homeschooling their precious children, and doing the Lord’s will.

  5. The fruit of work to guide the child’s heart is so evident in this blog post!

    I pray that I can educate on the solid ground after growing up in public school and bachelor of math in liberal arts college. Many liberal philosophies there! I am afraid that I get caught in the hurricane of false doctrine that lures in unbiblical direction but having a plan keeps me looking forward!

    I feel so weak to stay organized sometimes. Toddler, Preschooler and first grader to guide and train in the LORD!

  6. Thank you so much for this post. I went to a public school and the things that you see and hear are awful. If the Lord chooses to bless me and my husband with children ( we are praying that He will )then our hearts desire is to be able to homeschool. You also would have that one on one attention. Thank you again for this encouraging post! God Bless!
    Praying for little ones.

  7. What wise words Jesse.

    My wonderful husband and I felt it put on our hearts to homeschool. We have been doing it for 3 years for many if the reasons you list. We named our school Springfield Elementary School after a local state park.

  8. Thank you for this. We homeschooled our son from grade 1 through 12, although he did take his dad’s Bible as History and Literature at the public high school (yes, we are a ps teacher family and we homeschooled too. :))and now are facing the what to do with school question with our two soon to be adopted littles (5 and 3) Our five year old is in public school and I’m not happy with it.My desire is to take her out as soon as we are legally able to,but my husband wants her to stay until the end of the school year. The other thing, and I would greatly appreciate prayers for this, is I’m not sure I want to homeschool again. We know we don’t want them in public school. Thank you again.

    On another note, we’ve been reading the Moody series with our five year old and she loves it. I have a friend who has been laid up after foot surgery so I’ve lent her our books and she also loves them. Thank you Sarah!

  9. Very excellent! So many dangers run rampant in the public school system, and the home is doubtless the safest place for Christ-centered education.

  10. I started homeschooling in Colorado but then stopped when we moved to a nice area in Hawaii. That was a mistake and I soon realized it! Even my husband hunted around for the best education and finally agreed that homeschooling is the only way. And you definitely reap the bounty of the Lord. God bless!

  11. Regarding the sign in the photograph: when children are brought up in the “nurture and admonition of The Lord” that “STOP” sign should be on their hearts and minds, not merely on the school gate.

  12. Amen! I pray that if the Lord blesses me with a husband, he is going to understand the importance of homeschooling.

  13. Well said, Jesse! We have homeschooled for over 15 years and never regretted a minute. So glad we followed the Lord’s leading!

  14. We pray as generations follow in our family that they continue to seek God’s direction and that home school continue to be what they choose. There is never a doubt in our mind that the Lord directed us to home school. It is refreshing to hear a young man stand so solid for something and have thoughts at your age about how he and his family (should the Lord bring it about) make a point to honor God by educating and training up children at home. Thanks for sharing your heart on this topic Jesse.

  15. In a world where young men are encouraged to continue in childish ways, this is such a refreshing post to read. I am sure your folks are so very proud of you. I often wonder where are the men who will lead and I believe in reading this post, you are such a person. Keep persevering and leading with what is right no matter what the enemy throws your way.

  16. Very wise words. We are graduating our oldest this year with six more following her. This was such a good choice for us and we are thankful the Lord led us in this direction. Now that she is older everyone thinks she should go to a college. This is not our choice nor hers. She has many interests and does work with my husband in his ministry work. Do you have any advice on how to answer people when they constantly insist on college? We do not want to sound prideful but honestly we didn’t train and raise her all these years to push her into college that to me is practically like public school. Also any plans on being in the TN/N Georgia area in the near future. Thank you for the Godly example you set and the encouragement you have been to us over the years.
    Yes, read Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses, by Arum and Josipa and College Unbound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students by Jeffrey J. Selingo.
    See what some great secular research says about the “wisdom” of college.

    We are beginning to set up travel plans for this year. Email us if you would like more information.

  17. Well said, Jesse. Thank you for sharing your heart. The “Bullying Stops Here” sign reminds me of our Bess explaining what a nerd was to her younger sister, Kerith. It went something like this,”A nerd is someone that people hate because they are smart. We don’t have one in our (home)school because we don’t want one.”

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