I think this sums up my reason for why I homeschool:
"Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it," (Proverbs 22:6 NASB).
I know that many parents send their children to public school, and I do not condemn them. I also know that, should my husband become incapacitated or die, I may have to get a job and then my kids would be in public school. I used to view my choice as this (homeschool) vs. that (public school). But God showed me I was a Pharisee.
When you teach your kids at home, you do have much freedom. This freedom is wonderful, as it enables you to teach your children that God is the center from whom all things flow—including math, science, art, literature, etc. He is the One who gives us wisdom and knowledge. He is the Creator of all and the Holder of our paths.
Having the responsibility for every aspect of your child's development—physical, mental, emotional, relational and academical (I wanted them all to end in "al")—is a heavy one. And, you can fall under the weight of it, if you are not spending time being fed by the Word and in fellowship with your Father.
Of course, I've learned much over the seven years I've been doing this, and I'm still learning. That's part of the beauty of teaching your children at home, you learn along with them. And not just academics. God teaches you many things, like patience and grace and mercy and long-suffering. :-)
Some days you’ll spend more time on your face than upright. The fact that homeschooling makes you seek the Father more is one of the greatest benefits of it, in my opinion.
Check out what these other bloggers have to say about their homeschooling journeys:
Selena (that's me) at Campbell Clan,
Kathleen @ Positive Adoption,
Audrey @ Everything Beautiful,
Charli @ WV Urban Hippies,
Tracey @ Building My House, and
Maria @ The Joyfully Frugal Home
Jessica @ Redeeming the Home (not pictured)
(All of these moms (except me, of course) are in my blog list at the right.)
And stay tuned! We'll be blogging on Tuesdays and Thursdays in April about these topics:
- Homeschooling styles and/or curriculum choices (Thursday, April 11th)
- What didn't work for you? (Tuesday, April 16th)
- My biggest frustration . . . (Thursday, April 18th)
- How do I feel about socialization? (Tuesday, April 23rd)
- Blogger's choice (Thursday, April 25th)