Thinking about the option of Homeschool?

Hello My Name Is Mom, Homeschooling

Have you been contemplating homeschooling your child? With good reason, I am assuming yes. :)

It is a huge leap of faith for some, a major sacrifice for others. For me, I feel that it is my responsibility.

I felt a “calling”, if you will, to homeschool my daughter before she started Kindergarten. I filled out all of the paperwork and then, DID NOTHING. I totally chickened out. I felt like I was inadequate to take on such a huge responsibility.

Let me tell you, that was simply not true. If you love your children and you are willing to make an effort, you are adequate! It is not a death sentence. If things don’t work out, you can always send them to school. :) At least, that is what I told myself. I needed a good pep talk!

When my oldest daughter finished second grade, we finally decided to go through with what we should have done from the beginning – start our own homeschool.

It is challenging some days but still very rewarding. I get to spend all day with my three children. We learn together. I have the opportunity to mold and shape their little minds. I can give them the encouragement they need all while teaching and training them in the way that they should go. All while building character and a solid foundation.

As far as socialization goes, we have that covered too. We have co-ops were we meet other homeschoolers once a week to have a class and recess time. We also have church, softball, and cub scouts where they interact with other children. There are plenty of extracurricular activities to sign your child up for. We are planning a field trip to the Planetarium to watch three shows next month. I can’t wait!

If curriculum scares you, don’t let it. There is so much homeschool curriculum available. Most of it is scripted for the parent/teacher. You don’t even have to think of a way to teach the lesson because it is already laid out in the book right in front of you! Be encouraged. If I can do this, you can too!

Think carefully, even prayerfully. It is a big decision. But a worthy and wonderful experience. God gives us children to teach and nurture. If you are blessed with the opportunity to stay home with them, you should consider it!

About the author: April Stephens is a stay at home – homeschool mom of three wonderful children. In between it all, she blogs at Krazy Clippers. April has been homeschooling her children for three years. She is enjoying watching her kids learn and grow. Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”