I started writing on Gena's blog for her contest, but decided that it was too long. so here are the questions:
How long have you been homeschooling?
Had you always planned to homeschool your kids or was it something you discovered and wanted to do after your kids were of school age?
Why do you homeschool, personally AND has it been worth it? Has it met your expectations? How much has your homeschooling experience morphed since you first began
And here is my answer:
We have been homeschooling since our oldest came home at 18 months old–she turned 10 yesterday. Whether a parent realizes it or not, we are our child's first teacher.
Shane is the oldest son of a pioneer homeschooling family — As we were courting, I dreaded the day it would come up in conversation. Being pioneers, it was a conviction for his parents and they passed that on to Shane. Of course it did come up, and I told him I didn't think I could do it– he told me he knew I could–After I taught the oldest to read, I knew I could do it– end of story.
Homeschooling for us is a very strong, very firmly held conviction. I think every Christian living in this pagan society ought to do it and I'm not ashamed to say it.
I cannot imagine sending my children away from me for the better part of their childhood. It has had it's share of difficult times. Yes, there have been days that I thought another way would be easier for me, but then I realize it would be much more difficult for them.
I am much more laid back than when we began “formal” schooling. If it's not working, we stop for the day, or change gears. There was a time when I would push through until Princess and I were both in tears and frustrated (you know that ever present little math subject).
We are learning that although the academics of home education is a wonderful by-product of what we do– it is not why we do what we do. The greater goal is that our children learn to love and serve God with all their heart, soul, mind and strength.
Homeschooling is so worth it! I know where my children are, what they are doing and how they are doing it. I don't have to worry about the “socialization” of sex, drugs, and violence, nor do my children have to be labelled with some disorder so the system can get more money for them. They are learning the truth about the creation of the universe and the founding of our country among other things. And they are learning to learn, not just to pass a test.
Above all, they are learning about God and His Word. We are doing our best to teach them to love and serve Him in all things. Hopefully they are learning that He is the most important thing in this life — not whether you have a boyfriend, wear the latest styles or have a lot of things or make lots of money.