I recently heard from Karen, who asked some great questions that I haven’t addressed yet on my blog.
- Why did you choose to homeschool?
- What do you love about homeschooling…and what is really challenging?
- How do you budget for it?
- Do you worry about your kids being ready academically for high school/college?
- Do you participate in any social or sports groups that extend the opportunity for the boys to meet others?
- How do you design your curriculum? Do you do the pre-packaged stuff or customize your own?
What a great list of questions… Can’t believe I haven’t written about them yet. :)
Today, I’ll answer the question of WHY we homeschool.
Homeschooling was not something Matt and I gave much thought to when our first two boys were little. Asa was four, Justus was one and a half and we had another baby on the way. It seems our days were full of diapers and toys and tantrums and just making it until bedtime in one piece.
At that time, we only had a few months before Asa was to start kindergarten. People began asking us where he would go to school or if we were going to homeschool him. Our answer was to shrug and simply say, “Hmm, we don’t know yet.” We really did not have any strong convictions one way or the other.
Just before Elias was born, I began to read Creative Correction, by Lisa Whelchel. Call me dense, but before reading that book I was just kind of floating along and trying to keep my kids clean and fed and happy and well behaved (and keep myself sane). All good things. I had just not given a lot of thought yet to their character training and the fact that raising children wasn’t just about taking them to church and working to teach them to be “good”. Lisa’s book opened my eyes to the magnitude of the wonderful task Matt and I had before us.
God began to work on my heart to teach me what that might look like.
Right after Elias was born, I kept thinking over and over: God gave us three boys. Boys. Three of them. Why? What was God’s plan? (Of course I had no idea that there would be a fourth boy!)
I suddenly felt very strongly convicted (whacked over the head). God gave us three boys so that we could raise three godly leaders for his church.
And eighteen years didn’t quite seem like a long enough time to instill in them all the truths that we needed to instill in them.
We made the decision at that point to homeschool them. The biggest reason? Time.
Time to be together. Time to train. Time to learn. Time to talk. Time to listen. Time to hold. Time to work. Time to just be.
Since making that decision, we have never one time questioned that we were doing the right thing for our family. God has shown us in countless ways through the years that our choice to homeschool our kids was the right one.
So, that’s our story.
Let me say that again…that’s OUR story. This is what God convicted US to do. I never, ever want to sound like we think we’re better parents because we homeschool. It’s what we’ve chosen because when God whacks you over the head, it’s always a good idea to listen. And so we did.
The end. :)
I’ll plan to answer more of the above questions during the next several weeks. Feel free to write more of your questions in the comment section!
I’d love for you to share how God has convicted you in this area. What has God led your family to do in regard to your children’s education? If your kids aren’t school age yet, what are some of your thoughts for the future? Please everyone, keep your comments kind and non-condemning, okee-dokee?