Yikes! My first baby starts Kindergarten next week. I can’t believe this! How did that happen?
We’ve made the decision to homeschool this year. WHOA!!! Did you just read that statement? Homeschool. Yep, I had to read it twice to believe I actually wrote that. Homeschooling is the last thing I thought I’d ever do. My close friends’ jaws have hit the floor when I’ve shared with them that we were considering homeschool. If you know me and are reading this then you totally understand. My husband is a public school teacher, and I was a public school teacher before hanging up the whistle to come home to take care of my babies. Both my husband and I had a great public school experience, both graduating as valedictorian of our classes and leaving our schools behind with 13 years of nothing but good memories and fun times. I was a kindergarten comrade for goodness sake. That means that I grew up in a public school from K- 12th grade. I was raised with great friends, great teachers, and a great community. When I think about my kiddos getting big and leaving the house, teaching is what I picture myself doing and talk about doing. I mean, I get jealous when my husband goes to professional development meetings in the summer. Yep, I’m a nerd, I know.
So why in the world am I homeschooling you wonder? Well, since I am not writing a book and just a blog post let me just give you a few reasons.
First, let me say, the choice is for each family to make. There are no perfect parents and no perfect kids. But there are parents who love their kids and are doing the best they can to make the best decisions for their family.
So, public school families be nice to the homeschool families.
Homeschool families be nice to the public school families.
Be thankful that we live in a country where we have the freedom and choice to send our kids to public school, private school, or homeschool.
Never before did I think I would ever be in the homeschooling group. But somehow it happened. I can promise it wasn’t a decision that we made lightly. It was literally 3 FULL years of prayers and tears. Then some more prayers and some more tears and a lot of research and thought. Did I mention some prayers yet? Because there was a lot of that! I think I probably struggled with it for so long because I did have such a good school experience and a good teaching experience. But all in all, my husband and I both really feel convicted to start out with our children homeschooling. I literally fought it tooth and nail within myself, but it is something that we feel we need to do.
But I’ll say this. I’m excited about starting our homeschool year. I’m excited about getting to be the one to teach my kids. I’m excited about being able to teach them to read. I’m looking forward to learning new things together.
I’m excited about the freedom and flexibility in our schedule. I’m looking forward to the family atmosphere. I’m looking forward to the family field trips and library trips. I’m looking forward to learning their interests and then providing them with the resources to learn about them. I’m looking forward to being their #1 influence and being their filter as we learn about the world.
It’s not about sheltering. It’s about guiding them and teaching them about life through life. Sure, you can still do this whatever education choice you make but the thing is, I want to see and experience their learning.
I’m nervous about giving up all my time. I’m nervous about how I’m going to handle it on the hard days.
But overall, we have decided to homeschool and I’m excited about it.
I don’t know if I’ll post a lot about what we are doing here on the blog. I am by no means an expert in this area. This will be our “firstish” year (I did preschool with them last year) to fully homeschool. I may post from time to time or I may not. We will just have to wait and see.
But what I wanted to share in this post is we are homeschooling because we actually want to homeschool. There is a stigma out there from some that “hate” homeschoolers who feel that people homeschool because they dislike the public school. I can assure you 100% that has nothing to do with our decisions. We love the public schools around us and love the teachers in our community.
I know that we will miss out on a few things in the public school. But we will be gaining different experiences from homeschooling. It’s not about what we are going to miss, it’s about what we are going to gain. We will gain different experiences, and good ones at that!
Regardless of school decision, all parents should take ownership into their child’s education as that is going to be the key factor to their success. So ultimately, some level of homeschooling should occur in every home.
What are we going to do next year, you wonder? I’ve been asked several times: “When will you send them to school.?”
The simple answer is, I don’t know.
We are going to live it out one day at a time and one year at a time.
So going back to the name of my blog, I’m going to just Embrace God’s Grace and Live the Adventure! Because He has for sure thrown a curveball in the plans I thought I had for my life. And I’m okay with that. I’m glad to serve a God who keeps me on my toes and has a sense of humor because ultimately I know that He loves me and desires the best for me.
And now, go jump over to This Beautiful Inheritance and read my friend Kelcie’s post about sending her baby to kindergarten. I’ll just say that I’m so thankful for my real life friendship with her and her love for God and raising her children! She is an encouragement to everyone she meets. You have to read her blog!