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 […]
I am often asked questions about my experience thus far in Homeschooling. I am by no means an expert. Still, I will share the Q & A.
1. Are you not worried your kids will be introverts and unsociable?
No. I am not in the least worried that my children will turn out as introverts or be unsociable. Sit down and talk to my kids. You will see they are neither introverted nor unsociable. They love talking to people. They are polite, respectful children who engage well with others.
2. How often do you homeschool and for how long?
Home education is different than public education. Students are always with their teacher. In public school, there is a 7-8 hour window in which children are with their teacher.
3. Are you a licensed or certified to teach?
The Lord God Almighty licensed me as my children’s mother and certified me to teach them when he commanded me by way of the Scripture to “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
Proverbs 22:6 KJV. So, with the Holy Spirit as my guide, I have the knowledge I need to impart to my children.
4. Do you ever get tired of staying home all the time?
I don’t stay home all the time. In fact, I am only home all day about once a week. And even then, we aren’t stuck inside all day. We are usually shopping for books, playing at the park, discovering God’s green earth, at a library, visiting family, etc.
5. Is it hard to teach your own children?
No. It is actually a natural process that requires little skill but lots of love and patience.
6. Are you worried your children will be behind?
My children are three and five. My five year old has been reading for almost six months. He works math problems on a first grade level, and he is very creative. He loves to put puzzles together. Not the 5-piece baby puzzles. The 48-100 piece puzzles. 48 piece puzzles usually take 15-20 minutes to assemble solo (I don’t help at all!) the first go-round. After that, he can usually piece them together in less than 8 minutes. I struggle with 24 piece puzzles, by the way! My three year old daughter knows how to write her name and all the alphabet in upper case and lower case. She recognizes numbers 0-18 and can write 0-9. She has an interest in reading and is currently working on single consonant sounds. She can also solve simple addition problems such as 3 + 2 = 5. She participates in our Science and Social Studies lessons, both of which are taken from first grade textbooks. Both my children have spoken in complete sentences by the time they were 18-21 months old. They don’t seem behind to me at all.
7. Which method of homeschooling do you prefer?
I prefer the method that best suits the child. Children are individual and should be treated as such. I currently use a relaxed method that includes many of the Charlotte Mason aspects.
8. Will your children ever attend public school?
I cannot determine the future. But I do know that I am doing what I am supposed to be doing right now.
In the public school systems all across America, there are certain skills that must be taught in certain time frames. If any of the students do not or cannot meet these benchmarks, then that student is considered behind his or her class. Homeschooling is very different. Homeschool lessons can be (and should be!) tailored to the individual child.
It would be great if every child in America was a self taught reader by the magical age of 5. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. And, that’s okay. Each child is special and unique. Some children are artists. Some cannot even draw stick figures. Some children love music and sing like opera stars. Others struggle to piece together “Row, Row, Row Your Boat.” Again, that’s okay.
We all learn in different ways. We each have different interests. If everyone in the world functioned exactly the same way, then our world would be a very boring place.
So, I encourage you to be yourself. Let your children be themselves too. Nurture their interests. Allow them to thrive on their natural desires. I am in no means saying to let them run wild. I am simply saying to set up a learning atmosphere that is appealing to your child and give them the freedom of utilizing their creativity in order to get the most out of their education.
The best way to nurture a child’s natural peaks of interest is to help him discover what those interests are. Next, find out how your child learns best. Find out how you teach best. Then find that balance in your homeschool.
Get to know your child and let him get to know you, too. That’s the first step of the homeschooling process. Don’t allow yourself to be overwhelmed with guidelines to education. Think outside the box. Pray for guidance from the Lord. He is the best teacher of all times, and He will never let you down.
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.
Thanks for joining me!
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton