We came from a five day a week private school to King’s Academy and have been extremely pleased with the UMS model. Our most valuable resource is time, and I feel King’s Academy enables us to be good stewards of our time. Psalm 144:4 says, “Man is like a breath; his days are like a fleeting shadow.” Time is a precious commodity that is a gift from God. The UMS model allows me to have more time with my children than a standard school model can offer. The most worthwhile benefit to having so much quality time with my children is that I have more authority over the shaping and molding of their character than their peers do. In a standard school model students spend 37 hours a week in a classroom. By the time students get home, it is time for homework, supper, then their bedtime routine. This gives parents very little time to pour into their children.
It also gives peers an immense amount of power and influence. Today we see so many kids struggling with feeling rejected and lost, and much of that is due to the huge amount of time they spend with their peers. This is not the case with the UMS model. At schools like King’s Academy, students get the benefit of socializing with peers, but for a smaller fraction of time than they socialize with their families. In our previous five day a week school, my son’s peers were having a negative impact on his sense of self-worth. After just three weeks at King’s Academy, I have seen a huge improvement in the way he feels about himself. God and his family now paint the way he views himself rather than his peers.
In addition to more quality family time, the UMS model also grants me more time to cultivate my children’s talents and interests. Before, our evenings and weekends were filled with homework, but now they can be spent studying music or art, visiting museums, teaching my girls to sew, etc. The possibilities are endless. I now have the time and freedom to help my kids grow into the people God is calling them to be.
I honestly feel like this model has given me my children back. At a five day a week school my kids felt very distant to me. I felt out of touch with the individuals they were becoming. We were also extremely stressed as a family. We constantly felt rushed and our evenings were consumed by homework. Ironically, the extra classroom time and the additional homework did not equate to better learning. My kids are learning more now at King’s Academy than they did at their previous school.
I could not be more pleased with King’s Academy and the UMS model. It has helped us to get our priorities in line with what pleases the Lord. Romans 12:2 tells us “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” It is completely worth the challenge the homeschool days sometimes present to reap the numerous benefits this experience has afforded our family.