Why do we homeschool? To be honest, we were looking for options to stay away from public schools. My hubby’s experience began at a Catholic school for his elementary years then he went to public school and the change left a bad taste in his mouth. He felt bored when he went to public school and didn’t learn anything new until he reached high school. My experience didn’t leave me with quite the same objection. But, it would have been great to be encouraged to delve deeper and learn to stand out- not be the same as everyone else. We began with thoughts on Montessori or some other private school but the costs were just something we could not cover. “How about homeschool?” my hubby asked. “Um, okay. I could do that until they are in first or second grade.” By then we’d save enough to send them to private school. So I researched what I needed to do. I read what other homeschoolers were doing. I learned about the different methods. My confidence was rising. “Yes! I can do this!”
After really trying to figure out how homeschooling could be a fit for our family I really grew to love the idea. We went to our first homeschool convention last spring. That was it. I’m hooked. And my why has become so clear.
Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6
My husband and I really want to be the primary influence in our children’s lives. We need to show them how to seek, know, and love God. We need to be the ones to instill compassion and a servant’s heart in them. We can help them to learn to think critically and inspire their curiosity. We can be there to take the time to teach them life skills. It’s not always easy but this adventure is certainly worth it.