This past January I decided on homeschooling my children. In all honesty, I foresaw the decision to homeschool my 3rd-grade and kindergarten aged children as a challenge. After much prayer, I decided that the timing was right and our circumstances made it possible. So here we are at the beginning of the second semester of the school year, getting accustomed to a new approach to schooling, with many new possibilities.
In contrast, I will say that in deciding to take the leap of faith to homeschool my children, was tough because I truly like their previous school, which was an area chartered academy. Even though the school is great, I felt that I could provide an enhanced approach to their education while edifying who they are as individuals as well. I like to call it a dynamic approach in that it’s character, relationship, intellect and artistry building.
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As stated earlier, this is indeed a challenge. However, it is one of the most rewarding I have ever embarked upon. There are some that would disagree or even look at me sideways. Then there are those who completely understand where I am coming from. I’m proud to homeschool my sons and they understand that it’s no walk in the park and that it does require self-motivation, dedication and a will to succeed. Some days are better than others and in all actuality, we are learning together.
I strongly believe that as parents we must encourage our children to be themselves. I feel that it is imperative to nurture their natural talents and childhood dreams as they learn life and an education. We must listen to our children as they follow their innocent heart’s desires. And in doing that, we have the amazing God-given opportunity to lead them in a way that directs them towards a destiny of promise.
Train a child up in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6)
The beauty of being a parent is that we are responsible for instilling values in our children that have the ability to last a lifetime. Moreover and MORE than anything, I feel that in teaching our children about the Bible, faith, and hope (in an educational/life lessons format) creates a driving force within them at an early age that in turn serves as a divine protective barrier. I don’t think this is something that they can get at the neighborhood schools, so I’m glad to make it part of our curriculum with homeschooling.
Personal bonuses to homeschooling with faith:
- Peace of mind and safety (when taking into account the state of the world today)
- Creativity that is freely expressed (from what they wear, to what they choose to do for extracurricular)
- An early sense of responsibility and integrity
- Judgment free zone
- Individualized learning plans (I believe each child learns at a different pace and in different ways)
- Teaching about faith (I can flourish their knowledge of TRUTH)
- Higher level learning (you’d be surprised at the way their brain actually understands complex ideas/lessons)
- Unlimited socialization (we can freely explore now more than ever while engaging with others AND learning something new)
- Extended history (we have a history like no other and it extends well beyond the school-based history and social studies books)
Overall, I am teaching my 9 and 5-year-old to be thought leaders and life learners as they express themselves individually and creatively. They love it. They are happy. They are thriving. This means the most to me. Therefore, for now, homeschooling works for us.
How do you think parents can overcome the fear/hesitation of homeschooling their kids?