I knew when I was pregnant with my oldest child, Joel, that God had called me to homeschool my children. However, when Joel became school age, school was all anyone ever asked me about. I shared my feelings about homeschooling with a few of my close family members and friends.
Some people loved the idea and thought it was so awesome that I was considering caring for my children in such a way. Others thought I was insane. Many of my friends told me that I couldn’t possibly provide a decent education for my kids. One mom even told me that God allowed public schools to be formed so Mother’s would have a break. That statement makes me laugh now, but I was not laughing at that time. I was shocked that any mother would truly feel that way about a child that she loves and nurtures in her very own home. While I realize that everyone has different views on homeschooling, I was alarmed by the ignorance some people had of the matter.
Joel had heard most of the people’s comments and he was becoming more intrigued every day by the idea of public school. He was so excited at the thought of kindergarten and being able to play with other children each day. I didn’t know how to answer him when he started asking me if he could go to kindergarten. I was also beginning to question my ability to adequately teach my own children. I was fear-struck.
Kindergarten registration was right around the corner. And, I honestly was so confused. He wanted to attend school. So, I registered him for kindergarten. As soon as I filled out the paperwork, I knew I had made a huge mistake. But, I wasn’t sure how to undo it. So, I prayed and asked God to forgive me for my disobedience. He had clearly told me that it was MY responsibility to educate my children and that their education should take place in the home. And I had willingly registered my son for a public education.
Roughly two weeks passed since my cry to the Lord to forgive me and help me fix my mess. When I had prayed, I genuinely left the problem at the feet of the Lord. I didn’t give the issue anymore thought. Then, one night Joel came to me with a very concerned look on his face. “Mommy, we need to talk,” he said, very seriously. I dropped everything and listened to my little boy as he began to question me about school and the differences between public and home education. I immediately understood what was happening. God was answering my prayer. You see, I had not only asked God to help me correct my mistake. I specifically asked Him to change Joel’s mind about going to public school. And that’s exactly what He did. I answered Joel’s questions very carefully. I knew that my faith was being tested. And, I knew my God is faithful and true. So I let him do most of the talking. I tried to only give factual information and I didn’t once try to sway him my way. I made it his decision. He chose homeschool!
I was ecstatic, but I understood very well that he was four years old. Logically, a four year old isn’t always sure what he wants. They change their minds as often as every five minutes on some days. So, I waited a few weeks. Then, I asked him if he wanted to go to kindergarten. He replied, “You are my teacher.”
I brought him back to the school and withdrew him from the student list. Then we filled out the homeschool enrollment card. And, finally we began choosing curriculum – together.
We started kindergarten in July of this year. He does some activities alone and some studies are done as a family, to include his three year old sister. We are all learning as we go. Although we have tough days, I know we are fulfilling our call to homeschool.