Homeschooling Part II
4Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God is one Lord [the only Lord].
5And you shall love the Lord your God with all your [mind and] heart and with your entire being and with all your might.
6And these words which I am commanding you this day shall be [first] in your [own] minds and hearts; [then]
7You shall whet and sharpen them so as to make them penetrate, and teach and impress them diligently upon the [minds and] hearts of 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 up.
8And you shall bind them as a sign upon your hand, and they shall be as frontlets (forehead bands) between your eyes.
9And you shall write them upon the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
The conviction, for us, came from the fact that of all the things on this earth, all that we get to bring with us to heaven are our children’s souls. That’s it. It doesn’t matter if we never get out of debt. It doesn’t matter if we never “get” anywhere with our lives or our goals. If we get to heaven and our children don’t, we have not done our job properly. Like Pastor Chan says, doing stuff out of fear is never a good thing, but that was really a wake up call for us. (I realize this is sounding preachy… you don’t have to agree with me, this is just what we have been convicted of, you know?) If we were to allow someone else to educate our children and have them for a huge portion of their day, are we going to have the appropriate influence on their lives that would make a difference for eternity? I don’t know. I realize that there are plenty of Christian schools that could do that job just fine, but we really felt like God gave us our children and we shouldn’t delegate the responsibility for raising them to anyone else.
The thing that I really love about homeschooling Jonathan right now is how I can weave eternal things into all our lessons. When he gets frustrated about writing, we stop and pray. We’re doing side-by-side history, so we can study Joseph and the pyramids at the same time! I can see him growing both mentally and spiritually as I teach him, and the added benefit is that Hannah is learning right along with him. I’m not doing anything formal with her, but she sits with us for phonics and even sounded out a few words the other day. It’s really neat. There aren’t strict grade divisions! We’re all going to learn together!
Anthony’s favorite thing about homeschooling is that we are free to be a family on our schedule. Like last night’s spontaneous sleepover: it wouldn’t have happened if Jonathan or the cousins had to be at school the next morning. And because Jonathan was there during their school time this morning, he learned with them and it was no big deal. Tomorrow morning is Saturday, but we’re going to do a bit of school anyways, because… why not? A family from California that we’re really close to is planning a trip out here in September and Jonathan won’t have to miss a second of his best friend’s visit because he’s in school: we’ll just catch up another week. We aren’t slaves to a school district’s calendar. We are free to plan school around our family.
As far as how long we’re planning on homeschooling, I don’t know. I loved finishing high school at home. I had plenty of time to do normal teenage things and be with friends and I don’t regret not going to prom or any of that (Anthony reminds me that our huge wedding was way better than any prom!). For my brothers, they really wanted to play sports, so they went to public school as freshmen and they did really well socially, academically, theatrically and athletically. My youngest siblings have done a mosaic of independent study and charter school education for the last few years. For this year, this is what we’re called to. We’re going to pay close attention to what the Lord has planned for our kids in the years to come, because we figure He’s got it planned out a lot better than we do!
Posted on August 27, 2010, in Homeschooling, Mothering, Parenting and tagged California, Curriculum, education, High school, Homeschool, K through 12, preschool, Religious, State school. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.