Why we chose to Homeschool our kids.
I love reading other homeschooling families reasons for homeschooling. What homeschool looks like in their house. How they organize all the stuff. I, probably, read more about homeschooling more than anything else.
My husband and myself were both brought up in the public school system. I didn’t know anyone that was homeschooled growing up. We got on the big yellow bus everyday and went to school all week then came back home on big yellow. I didn’t have any traumatic experiences in school. Overall, I succeeded in the public school system.
I am not a teacher. I realize that many homeschool moms have a background in teaching. This is not our case. It terrified me in the beginning. Still can sometimes, if I think about it too much.
At a fairly young age with my daughter, around 2. I began thinking about her going to school, and it just didn’t feel right. I could never really picture her going to school with her little book bag in a classroom full of kids and welcoming teachers. I always had a gut feeling of teaching her at home. It never faded.
Now of course I questioned it, a thousand times. Would I ruin her? I’m not a teacher. I have no idea what I’m doing. Will she be weird? I don’t know anyone that homeschools. My family is going to think I’m crazy.
Yet, all throughout that self-questioning banter in my brain. The feeling of we are supposed to homeschool never left. For me, that can only mean God was leading me. God was making the path for our family. Making the unknown possibilities our reality.
The most important reason we are homeschooling is because God is calling us to.
We also have a strong desire to be our children’s main influencer. Children spend so much time in school that it is difficult for the parent to be the main influencer. You can only hope you have a great teacher, and they are the influencer. However, many times other children are the ones who are molding your child.
Children can learn a great deal from their peers, and this is an important thing to experience. However, we are not comfortable with “who is influencing those other children?” Although, we do not want to keep our girl locked in a tower. We do want to be able to limit what she knows about certain things until she is a bit older. Kids know too much these days, in my humble opinion.
Child Led Interests
As amazing as teachers are. And they are amazing! The size of a classroom, and the demands of their time. Doesn’t allow for much, if any, individual child led interests.
To cultivate a love of learning. That will be one of the greatest gifts I can give my girls. I pray the Lord will help me with that, because I can be very task oriented if I’m not careful.
What better way to cultivate a love for learning than learning about the things your child is interested in? My daughter is about to turn 5. Last year we did a Frozen theme for a whole month. She loved it. Others that we’ve tried are: Fairies, Princes Sofia, Doc McStuffins, and she loves the holiday themes. They were all simple things just regular work that she would do but on fun themed printables, or with themed erasers, making a “big book of boo-boos”, and singing let it go.
Now that she is moving into Kindergarten soon, I am collecting a list of ideas from her that she wants to know more about. We will then have some unit themes on them as our school extras. Some ideas she has given me so far is: dogs, cooking with Mommy, her body (food’s journey, how our bodies work, she asks all kinds of questions), painting, Spanish (she loves hearing other languages). I think as she sees that we are leaning about her interests in school, she will continue to come up with ideas.
This makes me excited.
Safety is a huge concern now days. It seems as if no place is safe. Inappropriate behavior, hidden cameras in private places at school, drugs in school. So many school shootings…even elementary. It’s terrible and unfathomable. I know that we can not protect our children from everything. We have to trust them to Jesus. But it is one less worry.
Lead her to the Cross
My husband and I did not grow up in the church. No one really did in our families. It is a journey we made on our own shortly before we got married. We both felt like “something” was missing…Jesus.
I have learned so much over the last several years. My thinking has changed. The way I look at myself has changed. Because I now know how God sees me. The calling on our lives of how to live.
We want to give our children that now, from the beginning. I can only hope they are spared some heartache of the world’s view of them, because they grew up knowing God’s view of them. We pray they learn to call on Jesus on their own and to be lead by Him. That their walk will be stronger because it started earlier.
There are many amazing Christian parents that do this without homeschooling. It is a life choice. Not a homeschooling choice. We are grateful, that homeschooling allows us opportunities to lead them to the cross throughout their day.
What’s the Best Choice?
As parents, all we want is what is best for our children our family. We all wonder if we are doing the right thing, or if we are screwing it up. Those thoughts cross my mind too. God has been pressing on my heart the last several months that “He made me to be their mother. I was made for this. So, I can do it with His help.” I repeat this statement several times a day when I’m feeling particularly crazy or defeated.
And God made YOU to be your children’s mother. You were made for it. So, you can do it! With His help!
I don’t think there is one best choice. I gave you all these reasons that we chose homeschool. But it’s not because I believe it’s the best choice all around. I don’t think it would be the best choice for every family. There are so many factors, and we are all so different.
The best choice that you can make for your family is to Pray that God would lead you. And know – He made you for this. Whatever this is for your family. PTA meetings or Homeschool Co-Ops. Dropping the kids off at school or gathering them around the kitchen table. The big yellow bus or pulling out books and paper for school time with mom.
It’s Your Life
Never let anyone else’s life decisions make you feel guilty or pressured to make your life look a certain way. Live your life. Enjoy your everyday. Be led by God, not by people.
Do you Homeschool? What are your reasons for homeschooling? Have you thought about homeschooling and can’t make a decision? Did you weigh out homeschooling and decided public school was best? What do you think?
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