How We Became A Homeschool Family

Our homeschool family

Our homeschool family

How We Became A Homeschool Family

This is the story about how we became a homeschool family.

I often wonder how and why people end up homeschooling, what curriculum they use, what their schedule is like and how they run their homes.

I know, nosey right? But I know I’m not the only one!

This is our story.

Many people might assume that I homeschool because I was homeschooled off and on throughout my life, but that wasn’t why we started.

Personally, I enjoyed and preferred homeschooling during my school years, but I looked forward to sending my little ones off to school, the adventures they would have and the things I would accomplish once they were in school. 

I often daydreamed about what I would do when they were all in school.

When my oldest was 3, I was asked if I had looked into schools for her yet?

Say WHAT !!?? School !!?? At 3 years old !!?? I really had no idea that kids go to preschool at 3 and 4 years of age.  

I wasn’t ready to let her go at 3 or 4, it was too early. The idea of putting her in school for someone else to spend the day with broke my heart. But since everyone else I knew was doing it, I figured I would get over it and by kindergarten I would be ready to send her off.

When she was 5 we decided to put her in kindergarten at one of the local Christian schools.  That school was so popular that people would line up early, early AM to register. We got our application ready and my hubby was ready to head out early the next morning because that’s what everyone else was doing.

Why We Decided To Homeschool

That night, the only way I could explain it was that God was speaking to my heart. I could not sleep. I tossed and turned and wrestled with the idea of putting her in school for HOURS that night.

If I couldn’t put her in school, my only other option was to homeschool her. How was I going to do that? Hours went by and I still did not have peace about what we were about to do.

Proverbs 22:6 was going through my head over and over again.

Proverbs 22:6 New King James Version (NKJV)

Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it.

Finally at 2am I woke my hubby up and told him I didn’t have peace about putting her in school and that we should look into homeschooling. He said ok (I think he was happy to not have to wait out early in the cold). After that I fell asleep immediately. I finally had peace.

This year we are going on our 6th...ahem...7th year of homeschooling (I wrote this last year). It's hard to believe I’ve made it this long.

It's by God's grace and the support of my hubby and family that I keep going. It’s not easy and there are many days that I contemplate the cost of boarding school...any other homeschool moms relate?

Often I have to remind myself of the benefits and why we have chosen to homeschool. What is the big picture ? 

Homeschooling has its pros and cons (read more about those here), ups and downs, plus its challenges (see my confessions here), but I wouldn’t do it any differently.

This is the path God has directed my family to take and we are walking...sometimes to the best of our abilities.

What about you, are you considering homeschooling? What would you like to know before you dive in?