I had another acquaintance approach me with the infamous question. Of course the question is normally prefaced with, “I know you homeschool and I am considering homeschooling. Should I homeschool? What curriculum do you recommend I use?” Although, I am certainly no expert, I love that people ask me about homeschooling! I just hope that my answer does not scare them away from one of the biggest decisions in their parenting journey.
Almost every mom that has approached me with a homeschooling question has apprehension in her voice and fear written in a black sharpie all over her face. I get that! It is a huge decision not only in a child’s life, but also the mom’s life! With the options of education growing slimmer, I believe more are considering homeschooling as an option.
So back to my answer… “Why do you want to homeschool?” Usually, a look of dread has now succumbed them. “Wait a minute, she’s suppose to answer my questions, not ask me questions”.
Why you want or feel the need to homeschool is really the basis for all the decisions you will make regarding your child’s or children’s education. Why you want to homeschool will decide what curriculum you use, what your school day will look like, and what your priorities will be. For instance, if your reason to homeschool is simply that you do not want your children to go to public school because of physical safety issues, then my answer would be, more likely, a public education brought in to your home. There are a lot of charter/online public education “schools” that are free because they use attendance dollars just like the public schools do. But, if your reason is the content being taught with a public education, the waters just got muddier. The reality is that even non-Christians want a better quality education but do not want a Christian/Religious foundation.
The bottom line is your WHY!
Here’s my why:
As a mother, I exist by God’s intent to build disciples useful in God’s kingdom for His glory by reaching their hearts for Christ, teaching my children to walk with Him, be His ambassadors in this world, and guiding them to the understanding of their spiritual purpose which is to glorify God and make Him known. Through this understanding, they will desire and have the ability to serve others in humility and love, view all things in light of God’s sovereignty and purpose, to study His word and apply its truths to every aspect of life, and to bear fruit for His kingdom .
My mission statement dictates what my homeschool curriculum looks like. And although, we have seasons where our curriculum might change, our bottom line is “Am I teaching my children to walk with the Lord?” Because for me, I have missed the boat if my kids are well educated and have no walk with the Lord. Don’t get me wrong, education is important, ( I am a teacher by trade), but our goal is to raise godly adults and we want to give them every opportunity for that end.
I believe in order to disciple MY children to the best of my ability, they need to be with me. I need to be in close relationship with my children and teach and train them in every aspect of life and godliness. In my mind, it would be very difficult to do this if I send them away for 6 to 8 hours a day or if I am teaching them something contrary to the Word of God. This is my answer to “Why do I homeschool?”. Your answer might be completely different and that is OK. Be honest with yourself as to your why because it truly will dictate how you educate your children. The key is to remember that God gave those children to you and you are the one who gets to decide. Not me or your neighbor or even your parents. It’s between you and your God!
Although this post is directed to you, as the mother. It truly is a decision that your husband needs to be involved in. So when I say you, I mean you and your husband as a team. The question “Why do you want to homeschool?” should be a question discussed between the two of you, as you may have very different answers. It is crucial to your children’s well being to be on the same page.
I hope this post helps you in your decisions regarding your children’s education. I would love to hear from you. What is your why? Do you have a mom’s mission statement?