Why Homeschool?

     Well, I'm sure there are a myriad of reasons for homeschooling out there. I can only tell our own story. Our oldest child was only 3 years old when we were first introduced to the idea. While my husband was a student at Liberty University, we met a family that was homeschooling their children. Looking back I realize what pioneers they were. This was about 1987. I'm glad we met them and it sparked an interest. We were very concerned about the environment in which our children would grow and learn. And somewhere along the way we came across these verses:
"And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up."

     We realized, with the Holy Spirit's leading, that the best way our family could really follow this commandment was to homeschool. So I started asking questions and researching all the information I could get about homeschooling.  I actually had the typical questions; "Is it legal? Can I really do this? What materials do I use? Will our children get a good enough education?" What about their social development? What will the grandparents think?" Remember now this was before we had Internet, so information was a little harder to get.  All of the previously mentioned concerns and questions, were out-weighed by our desire that our children be brought up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. We wanted them to develop a Christian world view based on absolute truth, not the secular humanism that had become so predominant in the public education system. We also wanted them to be trained under our loving care and supervision, without the peer pressure environment.
     Once most of our questions were answered, we decided on a kindergarten curriculum and we started our homeschooling journey that would continue for the next 20 years. In the early years we sampled different curriculums trying to find what worked best for our family. But by the middle school years we were more settled and comfortable with the whole home education thing. The Lord helped us all along the way. For example, when we had a little trouble with algebra, he provided a few volunteer tutors along the way. I remember when our son was learning algebra, and the Lord put it together so a preacher friend who was also an engineer, helped him. Another time, a sweet lady in our church, who also happened to hold an engineering degree, helped the girls with their algebra and geometry.
     We had many wonderful learning experiences homeschooling. Home education affords the flexibility of many field trips. Our children have learned  about history and science while visiting places like Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, PA - They saw the Statue of Liberty, and the twin towers before 9/11 in New York, NY - Little Big Horn Battlefield in Crow Agency, MT - The Birthplace of Abraham Lincoln - Vinton School for the Blind, attended by Mary Ingals in Vinton, Iowa - Palo Dura Canyon in Canyon, TX - many anti-bellum homes - Vicksburg Military Park - Shiloh Military Park - They actually saw maple being tapped from the trees and tasted fresh maple syrup in a "Sugar Shack" in Vermont - The Chicago Science Museum in Chicago, IL - The Alamo in San Antonio, TX, and many others.
     I am thankful for the privilege of having homeschooled our children, and if I had it to do over again I would. Oh, by the way, our children, all adults now, who didn't really have a choice in the matter, have thanked us for homeschooling them. 

1 comment:

Natalie said...

I'm so glad you took the time to teach us at home, Momma! I've never ever felt like we "missed out" on anything.

If missing out means we never had to choose whether or not we were should do drugs in the 7th grade, check into a hotel room with "everybody else" after prom, or be influenced by a non-christian world view, then Praise God. Because you were dedicated to teaching us about the Lord, we were all saved at an early age and as a result are going to "miss out" on an eternity in hell and I don't regret it one bit. Thank you, Momma. :)

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