I am actually surprised that I haven’t written before about why or how we decided to homeschool. It seems it is one of the top 3 questions I get asked all the time when someone hears about our fancy book learnin’! What I can give you is some history…
While I was studying Christian Education at Wheaton College I took at class called Family Ministry and decided to write a paper about homeschooling and had to interview homeschooling families. We had some friends at the time who were older than us and homeschooled.
Homeschoolers intrigued me. Not being homeschooled, the only experience I had of homeschoolers were the twin girls who showed up as Freshman in my Orchestra class my Junior year. They were extremely unsocial—they had no idea how to relate to us at all, and they didn’t even last a whole week.
Once we were married and I had 2 small children I was selling Homemade Gourmet (prepackaged mixes for dinner meals). During that time I was selling it at a local Farmers Market — I needed someone to watch the kids ages 3 and 1 for a few hours. I hired a homeschooled teenager from a family of 6. I still remember
like it was yesterday her mom handing me a Sonlight catalog through her car window to me and saying, “If you ever decide to homeschool here is a great place to start.”
So fast forward a few years and we send Matthew to preschool (mainly because he was strong willed and I thought I needed a break from him to survive). At the beginning of the year his teacher heard we were thinking of homeschooling him. She thought this was not a good idea. (To this day I am still not sure why). Anyways, by the end of the school year, she thought it would be the best thing for him. He is so easily distracted that she thought he would never be able to focus in a classroom setting.
Joy was signed up to go to the same preschool the next year. I pulled her right before the year started to keep her home with Matthew. BEST DECISION WE COULD HAVE MADE. Once I looked over the curriculum that I had chosen to use with Matthew I knew she would actually be missing out on stuff with us at home if she went to preschool.
Joy in 2007 at Kindergarden graduation.
They are now in 6th and 5th grade, but Joy has done everything with him all the way through and is doing 6th grade this year. (But I still tell her she is in 5th!) She is going to have a year to “play” with. She could take a year off and do an internship, missions work, head to college early or just take another year for high school.
Faith working on her school work this year.
We have taken it a year at a time.
There are many reasons why we are homeschooling:
- Our kids see my husband more and we can travel with him (if you didn’t know he is a magician/speaker/comedian)
- We get to choose what our kids learn and when, not someone else
- We love our kids and LIKE being with them
- We love that they are each others best friends, this doesn’t happen if they aren’t together each day
- the list goes on and on—-we LOVE homeschooling them
Here are a few other questions I get asked all the time regarding homeschooling:
Do we plan on sending them to school any time? You know, I am not sure…we trust God to lead us, and we will see where He takes us. Some of the things that go on in the school system are not things that I want my kids to have to be exposed to, or deal with.
Shouldn’t your kids be salt and light to their peers? No, I don’t think they need to be salt and light to a bunch of classmates. They have plenty of time to do that and in the meantime they can be salt and light through our family setting to those we encounter on a daily basis…the librarians, people at the grocery store, kids in the neighborhood (Ask me about Backyard Bible Club sometime!).
Do I think homeschooling is for everyone, or that everyone should homeschool? No, if a parent isn’t fully committed to what it takes to homeschool, they shouldn’t. I think that there are plenty of parents out there who would be awesome at it if they would give themselves a chance. If you haven’t read my posts about Parents Who Choose to Homeschool after Having their kids in School please take some time to read them. These interviews are one of the best things on my blog, at least I think so. I interviewed families who have done that and they told me all the ins and out of how it worked and what didn’t!