My first-born baby started kindergarten this year. He’s a late birthday, so he was almost 6 when he started.
I feel like this year has been on the front of my mind for years!
We’ve gone back and forth. Should we homeschool or pursue another schooling option like public, private, or charter school? There’s even a school in our city that allows you to homeschool your child part of the time and send them to classes part of the time. So many options!
I have always wanted to homeschool. I was homeschooled for several years and I absolutely loved it. But I also wanted to be sensitive to what God’s plans are for my family.
Furthermore, I was a public school teacher for many years (special education) and now I teach part-time for a local private Christian school. I feel like I am pretty well-versed in the educational options available. I love the school that I teach at. The teachers are amazing, the atmosphere is Godly, and I know my son would thrive there. I also know the freedom that comes with homeschooling. I can individualize instruction to whatever he is interested in and I get to be his teacher! I also love the idea of all the extra time we would have together. Childhood is so fleeting, I just really want to be there for as much of it as possible!
I feel like we have been going back and forth on this decision for nearly six years now. We prayed often about it, but never had a peace of mind about any of the options. I sought wisdom from other mothers at our church who have pursued a variety of educational options for their kids. I read books, we kept praying, and finally, FINALLY, we decided to homeschool with a huge peace-of-mind in our hearts.
I am so EXCITED!
I am so completely thrilled. I can barely contain myself.
Reasons we are so excited
I will save my curriculum choices and schooling philosophies for another post, but I thought I would list out some of the reasons we are excited to homeschool:
- Homeschooling will allow us the freedom to educate our children according to Biblical truths. Furthermore, we will have the freedom to act on those truths. I plan on focusing a lot of our efforts on finding ways to serve others, memorizing important passages of scripture, and being available to answer and discuss any questions that may pop up throughout the day.
- We can take it to go. We can homeschool on road trips and in the mountains and at the beach. I’m not saying we will do that very often, but we could! And the option to have that flexibility is important to me. I like that there is room for spontaneity.
- Homeschooling gives us freedom to design my son’s education around his needs and strengths and weaknesses. I am constantly reminded of the fact that I am not raising kids, I am raising future adults – future husbands and future contributing members of society. My first-born is very academically-minded. He’s fascinated with numbers and has already figured out several mathematical concepts without any instruction. I’m going to take that love of numbers and run with it! That passion and skill will serve him well later in life.
My second-born is not like that at all, and that is perfectly OK. Academics are probably not going to come to him as easily, but he is interested in the arts. My second-born loves to help in the kitchen. He loves cracking eggs and stirring recipes and pouring ingredients. He is a little master chef in the making. I can build on that passion! And I can use those incredible differences between my two sons as a great lesson in how God made us all unique.
- As a homeschooling family, we get the freedom to decide who is going to be an influencer in our children’s lives. We can surround them with positive role models and choose people to study that are examples of virtue.
- I feel like homeschooling will help me maximize my time with my children. The days are long, but the years are short. My 6 year old is already 1/3 of the way to adulthood. These years are so precious and I want to experience it with them.
I could go on and on, but those are some of the biggest reasons we are excited about this new journey we are on. We started August 1, and we are having a blast! I do plan on doing some curriculum reviews since my educational background is in special needs and teaching reading and I feel that gives me a unique perspective. I have been using and researching a lot of the available curriculum options and have developed some pretty strong opinions about what I’ve found!
Do you homeschool? How did you make that decision?
(P.S. If you are reading this and you have chosen another educational option for your child, there’s no judgement here, I’m just sharing the personal journey that our family is on. 🙂 )