Our Choice to Homeschool

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Our Choice to Homeschool

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"Would you ever consider homeschooling?" "NO WAY!" I replied to my hubby.

Me & Christian Schools
Let me tell you about my schooling experience. I went to school at Evangelical Christian Academy (http://www.ecaspain.com/eca/) a wonderful school for missionary kids in Madrid, Spain. There were only 8 kids in my graduating class & we still keep up from time-to-time. We were taught all the disciplines by some wonderful, caring teachers. There was a real sense of community among the students and lots of opportunities for involvement: Newspaper, Student Council, yearbook, Drama, French Club, Photography Club, National honor Society, Ensemble singing group, band, etc. I did go to public school for 3rd grade when we were on furlough. I don't think I learned a lot academically, but I did realize that not everyone was like me: Christian with a two-parent household.


Hubby & Public Schools
My husband, on the other hand, went to a 'good public school.' Although he learned the basic subjects he didn't really love learning or have a real depth in any of them. (I never took Calculus, but with the excellent math classes I had growing up, I was able to tutor him in his college Calculus class.) What made a deeper impression on him was the bullying, promiscuity, suicides, and what-not that he witnessed. My hubby did fine; he developed what drew me to him in the first place - his sense of humor. That sense of  humor got him through school unscathed.

Our Choice to Homeschool
So back to our decision. Several years after boldly proclaiming that we would NOT be homeschooling we had our first child, Goofy. I never realized I could love anyone as much as I loved that sweet, precious, innocent life God had blessed us with. And then, God started tugging on me about homeschooling.

So during my sons naps and early bedtime I read and read and read. I poured over every book I could find on the advantages and disadvantages of homeschooling & public schools. I seriously read about 100 books his fist year of life. Then one day I sat down and told my husband that I agreed, I thought we should homeschool. I wasn't crazy about it.... but I knew God was speaking very clearly to me. It was a whole foreign concept to me. My parents were both educators, my Grandma was a teacher, my sister & her husband were teachers, my mother-in-law & sister-in-law were teachers, and I really thought growing up that I was going to be a teacher - so this was completely out of my comfort zone.

During my sons 2nd year I began reading about what homeschooling looks like, how to homeschool, ideas for homeschooling, etc. I started getting excited about homeschooling. I could do this. This could be fun.

Now my son is starting homeschool Kindergarten in the fall & I am ecstatically excited! I consider myself privileged to spend so much time with him, to learn alongside him, to go on this quest for knowledge, to disciple him morning/noon/night, and to find resources in the community to enrich our homeschooling. I love looking at the literally hundreds of curriculum choices out there and picking what will work best for us. I love using my creativity to make it as fun, exciting, and educational as possible. And I am already learning so much too!



So even though it isn't the right choice for everybody, it is the only choice for us. Homeschooling  is a calling; one I do not take lightly. So weather you are homeschooling or not, feel free to join us on our journey. Learn from our mistakes, be inspired by our ideas/creativity, and remember - no matter what schooling choice you choose - it is a choice!

Beth


9 comments:

  1. Excellent post! So glad Kajunhunnie mentioned your Linky party, as I am enjoying discovering your blog and reading your posts. Am following your blog and also on Twitter.
    We use the My Father's World Language Arts for K, but we also do a hodge-podge for everything else...a little Winter Promise, a little Sonlight, some Charlotte Mason, some Core Knowledge, and then, loads of Montessori and Reggio Emilia for the hands on stuff. We are very eclectic, I guess you could say! Love how you have the smaller buttons of the blogs your visit frequently. Is that hard to do to make them all uniformly small like that?
    I have mine in a scrolling blogroll on my blog but some are big, some are small, and some just don't seem to fit. It always takes me a while to be able to upload new buttons, as I have to scroll through to find a spot to fit a new one. Would love to know how your did the html for your Blogs I Visit Frequently section.
    Have a happy week!
    Colleen:)

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  2. Thanks for sharing your journey of how you came to the decision to home school. Though it is not for our family, I have a huge amount of respect for parents that choose this. I am thankful that I am blessed with being able to help other people's children (as a speech pathologist) and feel that is my calling. :) Great post! :)

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  3. Wonderful post and an amazing site. I am so excited I found you from Pinterest (your Curious George activities brought me here!) I have a 3.5 and 1.5 year old and know I want to homeschool them. I just have no idea how to go about doing it. I am filled with fear and doubt that I will not do it right or will deprive them of something they could have got with a traditional education. I am so excited to read through more of your blog and site. I feel more confident reading through your resources and knowing I am not alone in this journey! Thank you so much for all your time and effort you put into this site. You are a blessing to me and my entire family!

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  4. This happened to me too :) The part of God tugging on me. We starty grade one on the fall- my oldest son is finishing out his kindergarten year in the public school. I can't wait to read on....

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  5. oops.... start, not starty.

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  6. I just found your blog. This Fall will be my first year to homeschool my son. He will be starting the 4th grade and has struggled all through school. I have start a blog about our adventure we'll taking, I love to document my life and my childrens. I am going to bookmark your blog and cont' to read.

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  7. I love hearing how/why people decided to homeschool. I am leaning towards homeschooling but it will all depend on whether I can afford to not work (or at least only part time) when my daughter is at school age.

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  9. I was homeschooled K-12 and I wouldn't trade it for anything. I hope to give my kids the same experience. :)

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