As I sit here writing this post I’m overcome with emotion that we (my husband and I) have finally come to a decision about the future of our family. I know the title is “Why I Decided to Homeschool,” but the truth is I couldn’t have made this decision without my other half.
I know not everyone will agree with why I decided to homeschool and not everyone will be able to support the decision, and I totally get it. It’s perfectly okay. You see, this decision hasn’t been an easy one. In fact, we (it was mostly me I think) have been fighting this decision for two years now. But when I know something and I feel it within the deepest part of who I am, I’ve learned over the years that I should follow my instincts and hang on for the ride.
So when I first felt that nudge over two years ago, I thought of every reason why NOT to homeschool. Looking back, I should have heeded the calling and obeyed. I know this may sound overly Jesus-y, but honestly y’all, it’s my heart. I’ve tried to keep my heart out of the business side of things here on the blog, but the truth is, it’s who I am. While I know we all come from different walks of life, I hope you’ll let me share more of me.
I really don’t talk much about my faith here on the blog, but my faith is a huge part of who I am. As the wife of a Children’s Pastor and the Praise & Worship Leader at our church, everything that I do somehow relates to my faith and who I am. From the miniscule things in life to the big things in life, my relationship with Jesus always has first place.
And I’m going to need him now more than ever as we embrace this homeschool journey as a family.
What a peace I feel now that I’ve followed the path laid out before me. I’m excited. I’m scared. I’m anxious. I’m nervous. But above all else, I have peace within me that I can’t describe in words. I know why I decided to homeschool. I know I’m doing what is best for my family. I know I’m not teacher material and I know that we will encounter struggles along the way. I’m fully aware that this homeschool journey is not going to be easy. And, I’m perfectly okay with that.
Why I Decided to Homeschool
- I want to be in control of what my children are learning. The curriculum I learned from is not the curriculum that is being taught in schools today. It may be a sound curriculum, but it’s just not for us.
- I want my children to be influenced by positive role models. The last couple of years as my child experienced intermediate school (5th and 6th grade), I’ve been mortified, embarrassed, and saddened at how some children represent themselves. These are the years that children are so easily influenced by their peers and I want to do everything within my power to ensure that my children are influenced by people who are respectful, kind, and compassionate. Our world needs more of these types of people.
- I want them to learn at their own pace and not the pace of their peers. Whether it be faster or slower, I want my children to learn at their pace. I don’t want them to be held back because their peers are learning slower and I don’t want my children to be passed by because they’re learning slower. I want to give them every opportunity to succeed and learn as much as they can.
- I want them to have some input on how they learn. With 20-24 children in a classroom, there is no way for children to have input on how they learn. Teachers use what is best for the class as a whole, as it should be. But since I will be able to work with my children one-on-one, they will be able to learn in a way that is easier and more effective for them. We will be able to do book work, life work, field trips and more.
- I want to protect my children. I know that I can’t always protect them and shield them from the evil in this world, but I want to protect them for as long as I can. I feel it’s my duty to do all I can to protect their little hearts and minds.
- I want to open up their schedule for more purposeful time together. I picture our family traveling more together experiencing this wonderful world that is waiting to be explored. I picture our family having more time for thoughtful conversations. I picture our family becoming closer, not because it’s being forced, but because we have time to spend with each other.
I’m pretty sure that over the years my reasons for homeschooling will change. I have yet to sit down and write out a mission statement for our homeschool journey, but I have it all stored in my heart, ready for pen and paper. I want my children to know the reasons why I decided to homeschool. I think by me laying my heart out there and letting them see the heart of their mom, they’ll see this decision was made with them at the center.
I know we will all need a lot of GRACE to get us through our homeschool journey, but I know that He is faithful and when I obey, He always comes through for me. He hasn’t failed me yet!
Are you thinking about homeschooling? Or are you already homeschooling? I’d love to know the reasons why you decided to homeschool.