I always get the question, “Why did you decide to homeschool?” Trust me, it wasn’t something I planned when my children were born. I was one of those mothers who said, “I would never do that.” I have a college degree, was a working mother and planned to return to corporate America once my daughter was of school age.
My husband and I decided to embark on this journey when our oldest daughter was in kindergarten. I was teaching her how to read at home, but once she went to school she was only reviewing the alphabets. I was concerned, so I spoke with her teacher. She kindly told me, “What you do at home is ok, but this is what we do here.” I was shocked. I only wanted her to be challenged. She was beyond the recognition of letters. God began to tug on my heart about homeschooling. I had friends who were already on the journey, so I began asking questions. By the time Christmas break rolled around, I was frustrated. The following Fall, with my husband’s blessing, I was all in.
The first thing you have to ask yourself is why? Define your decision for homeschooling. This will be the backbone when you’re feeling discouraged, disappointed, having a bad day or just wanting to give up altogether.
Possible Reasons Homeschool
- Religious reasons
- More family time
- A deeper desire for to have a better relationship with your child
- Not satisfied with your child’s current school
- Freedom to travel
- Your child is being bullied
- You can’t afford private school and public school is not an option
- And much, much more
Whatever your reasons are, make sure it’s stronger than just feelings because homeschooling is not easy. It’s hard work. There will be days when you question your decision to teach your children. It’s a sacrifice and it might not be popular with your friends and family. That’s okay because everyone will not agree with your decision. Your reasons to homeschool are most important to you and your husband (if you’re married). Remember, God will not ask you to do something and not equip you to do it. With his help, all things are possible.
As I have been on this journey for 12 years, I can truly say that it is a joy. I have found it a joy to teach my children to read, to travel with my husband (when possible) and most importantly see their eyes light up when they experience God for themselves.
Proverbs 22:6 says,
“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.