When I was growing up, I primarily went to public school. I attended a private school for Kindergarten-2nd grade, but I don’t remember much of my experience there, other than what I’ve seen on home videos.
As an elementary student, I don’t think I even realized there were other options outside of public or private school. Around the time when I was in middle school, my adult sister introduced me to Sandy, who was the same age as me and we became fast friends. Sandy was in a homeschooling family and that was pretty much my first exposure to the concept.
That was when my interest was first piqued, and over the years I have researched homeschooling off and on. I have long felt that homeschooling would be something I’d like to do with my own (then, future) children someday, but it wasn’t until I became pregnant with my first child that the idea of homeschooling actually became real to me.
Almost from the time I learned I was pregnant, I began researching and making plans to homeschool. Prior to this time, I had always thought that if I homeschooled, I would only do so for the Elementary years and then let them move on to public school. However, I have since come to the conclusion that God wants more from me than just those early years.
You see, the real reason that I thought of only doing the elementary years wasn’t that I didn’t think God wanted me to go farther, but because the thought of keeping track of high school credits and GPAs was daunting to me. But no matter how hard I tried to pretend it wasn’t true, I couldn’t shake the thought that God was actually calling me to school my children all the way through high school. In spite of my misgivings about managing high school courses, God was making it clear to me that I needed to give my fears to Him and follow where He leads our family.
God tells us in Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
Ephesians 6:4 says, “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”
The verses that impressed upon me the most were Deuteronomy 6:5-7, which state “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”
How can I follow this command if my children are gone for 6-7+ hours a day at school? And when they are at school, even if they are at a private school, what would they be learning? Would they be learning the values and biblical truths God commands my husband and I to teach them? Possibly, but more likely, they’d learn ideals contrary to what we want them to learn.
Through this thought process and study of Scripture, we’ve come to the decision that we will homeschool for as long as God provides the way.
All this is not to say every family should do the same. The decision of whether or not to homeschool is an individual one for each family. For our family, God has made our path clear and we will follow where He leads.
Below are links to the various homeschool-related areas of my blog.