Our reasons for choosing to homeschool are the same as many others'. I want to remove my son from our godless education system and allow him the opportunity to grow in His faith as best as it is possible. I want him to learn in a secure, loving environment without having to worry about bullying or unhealthy competition. I want him to get equipped and be prepared so that he can stand firm when tempted by immorality. There's also the new standards.
I was never pleased with the new Common Core standards our schools began implementing. There are many reasons why and I encourage all to do their own research, whether you have school-age kids or not. We're tax paying citizens and deserve to be informed on how our money is being used (or misused). In short, Common Core needs to go. Since I don't see it going anywhere anytime soon, we decided to move up our homeschooling start date.
My son is quite excited to begin our homeschooling journey. I am both excited and nervous! I know we're doing the right thing, but I find myself wondering if I will do a good job in leading my son, if I am emotionally prepared, and whether or not we will be able to afford it. Being the (slightly) hormonal, one-thought-per-second-woman that I am, I've begun to tire myself before the school year even begins! It's typical of me to overthink things.
I have my husband's support and I am grateful for that. We will both be attending the homeschooling convention in a nearby city in a couple of weeks and we are looking forward to it!
I have to say that my conviction to homeschool surpasses my nerves!
More importantly, my love for the Lord and for my son surpass any doubts!
I have told the Lord, Whom I believe has called me to do this, that my trust is in Him, both for provision and strength.
For days, I went back and forth in my mind; I weighed my options of waiting until the 6th grade like originally planned, and just taking a (giant) leap of faith into what is, to me, the unknown.
I believe with all my heart that we can faithfully serve God and raise godly children either in the public school system, or at home. Yet, I find myself questioning why I would continue taking an unnecessary risk! 3 out of 4 students are atheists by the time they leave high school. That is alarming! We are so oblivious to what goes on in the classrooms, even when we believe we are involved. My 12 year old nephew confided in me that they read "The Last Summer of the Warriors" in class and that it is full of profanity and some sexual content. They also watched the Cesar Chavez movie, which I also find inappropriate for 12 year olds. I was appalled, to say the least.
As I read Deuteronomy 11:19, that tells us, "Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up," in regards to God's commandments, I see that we find less time and energy for that outside the church walls, when we spend half the day away from our children. I am home when the children are home, yet our time is consumed with hours of homework, food preparation, and preparing for bed. I am often emotionally and physically drained by the time bedtime comes. Then the guilt sets in. Sure we made small talk during lunch and dinner; we talked about God and have small lessons, but not as much as I would like. Not enough Bible study, energy, love, time, or prayer. I don't say this to condemn myself, but rather to take notice of the value of the time being lost. I have these precious children for an undetermined time. They are in my care- now. What will I do with this realization? Homeschool.
The world is our classroom, and the Bible, our most important curriculum.