Homeschooling is our lifestyle . . .
. . . but it didn’t start out that way. We held the view that homeschooling was weird, strange, and only reclusive people did it (a common misunderstanding and stereotype).
My parents intended for both of their daughters to go to public school — we even moved to another town so that we could be in a better school system.
The Lord had different plans for us. In Proverbs 16:9 it says, “The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” God directed our steps down a path that we did not even think would be possible, let alone desirable.
My sister, Breezy, was in the middle of first grade and I had not started school yet. Just two years before, God called Momma out of the workplace. That was only the beginning of the adventure . . .
He laid it upon my parents hearts to homeschool us, Breezy and Emily Rose, then 6 and 5. Transitions had to be made.
My parents removed Breezy from the public school system (letting her stay an extra week so she could experience her promised class birthday party for her seventh birthday).
Home, sweet home
That all happened eleven years ago. Since then, Breezy and I have became the best of friends (and still are). We have been able to spend extra time developing important skills and working on our talents. We have been able to spend extra time together as a family.
Not everyday has been easy, though. There were days where one of us would cry over her math and the other would cry over her art lesson. I’m sure there were days where Momma wanted to cry, too.
Has it been worth all the pain? YES! The problems might have seemed extreme when they happened, but looking back we can laugh at those once upsetting moments.
The school years are the most influential years of a person’s life. From Kindergarten to the High School years we are very impressionable, and what we are exposed to will have an impact on our lives.
When parents are not around to teach their children, things can enter a child’s mind that the parent may not know about. Those things can be misunderstood by the child and not understood with a biblical worldview.
In homeschooling we have been shielded from the wiles of the world that we would be openly exposed to in public school. That doesn’t mean that we do not know what is out there.
Instead of peers with an unbiblical worldview telling us about the evils of the world (many times in an “it’s okay” light), we have been carefully exposed to them with a biblical worldview (when we were mature enough to handle it).
Another blessing of being homeschooled is having delight directed studies. Delight directed studies is where we spend extra time developing our talents (this has been especially important during the high school years).
We are now almost finished with our “formal” home education, but we’ll still be learning because learning is a part of life.
Homeschooling is our lifestyle. It is not a year-by-year choice, but a life decision. It’s something that happens whether it is a school day or a weekend. It’s what I would call a never-ending adventure — and it’s a wonderful one at that!