I’m so excited about this next season of our lives. After much prayer, my husband and I made the decision to homeschool our girls this school year. For us, homeschooling our girls meant that we would be able to spend more time with them, take them out of a public institution that promoted testing over their gifts, shepherd them in a Christian environment, control what they are exposed to, and have them do life with a community of believers that we are comfortable with. Watch our video here.
We’ve always wanted to homeschool our children, but due to circumstances beyond our control, it never worked out. This year was different! Everything fell into place, doors opened, a community was available, and the transition in our lives made this opportunity doable. This journey isn’t something that we chose because it was easy, fun, popular, or because everyone else was doing it. We wanted to make sure that our desire to homeschool our girls would not come before what God wanted for our family. Our family is very intentional about being led by the Lord and making sure that we’re always operating in His will.
This school year, our children will participate in a Christian homeschool cohort two days a week, and spend the other days with me. In addition to academics, our girls will participate in community service and learn life skills. They will also have more time to work on their gifts (gymnastics and dance) and participate in field trips in order to have those real-world experiences.
If you’re thinking about homeschooling your children, there are different homeschool models to choose from (unschooling, relaxed homeschool, Charlotte Mason, school at home, online, classical, Montessori, Waldorf, cohort groups, etc.). Before you choose to transition your child(ren), I want you to ask yourself this BIG question, “Why do I want to homeschool my child(ren)?” Once you answer that question, start planning. Check out the local regulations for your state, decide which homeschool model works for you, find a community to walk this journey with you, prepare for the next steps, and set goals.
You can do this. You don’t have to be rich, you just have to have a plan.