Join Blog Contributor Cecselie as she discusses being thankful for the homeschool journey.
My son will graduate in the Spring of 2019. I have been looking back over our homeschooling journey, and while it hasn’t been easy, I can honestly say that it has been well worth the effort.
Homeschooling was definitely the right decision for our family.
When I look back, the only regret I have is that it took me a year or so to break out of the traditional public school mindset.
At first, our homeschool looked just like what a traditional day at public school would look like. I was very regimented and so afraid that my children would not get a good education at home. What I had working in my favor was a monumental love for my children.
So, I adjusted my homeschooling methods to meet the individual needs of my children. My two children are complete opposites. I had to create curricula that ministered to their individual needs. I am thankful that homeschooling allowed me the freedom to explore my kid’s unique talents and interests.
The Beginning of the Journey
Bible lessons have been a part of our homeschooling days from the very beginning. My husband and I created and managed the youth department at our church for many years. I can remember a time when I tried to get the kids to memorize scriptures. The parents revolted.
I was shocked that these “church folks” were objecting to their children being asked to learn scriptures. I mean doesn’t the Bible say that we should write the word of God upon the tables of our hearts and meditate on it day and night? Well, they were having none of that.
Memorizing the scriptures has been a part of our homeschooling journey from the beginning. I am grateful that homeschooling has allowed me to put my kids on the path to a lifelong relationship with God. More than anything that I have taught them, I feel this is the most important.
A relationship with God will sustain them long after I am gone.
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Part of the Journey
The stories on the news about teachers molesting kids and school shootings are becoming more frequent. Home educating my children has given them the ability to be educated in a nurturing and safe environment. I am so grateful for that.
It has been heartbreaking to witness what has been taking place in this country. People are becoming more hostile, making communities less safe. I cannot imagine what it does to the psyche of a child to see these stories on the nightly news and then, be expected to walk into the public school setting on a daily basis.
As a parent, the fear of the unknown would drive me crazy. I actually have some apprehension about my son going to college. When I was in college, a woman had a mental breakdown in class one day. She started quoting scriptures and shouting out in class. Then, she left the class saying that she was going to her car but she would be back.
I was an adult working on a graduate degree in a classroom filled with very young adults at the time. After a few moments of complete silence, I stood up in the class and said, “I am not sitting here in this classroom waiting for her to get back from her car. I am getting out of here right now. Class is dismissed!”
We all scattered! Later, we heard that she had a full blown mental breakdown and was sent away to get treatment. To this day, it makes me fearful to think about how vulnerable you are in a classroom. You don’t know what the person sitting next to you may be going through.
I know that I can’t protect my children from the world but, I am grateful that we have had this precious time where they could be at peace and feel safe in school.
More Benefits of the Homeschooling Journey
Another benefit of homeschooling has been my awakening as a parent. I feel that I have been educated right along with my kids. I have learned that so much of what I was taught in school is not true.
We are fed lies from the cradle to the grave about history and so much more. I have learned to question everything, do my own research, and not just blindly accept what I am told. It has really challenged me and changed my worldview.
What’s the saying, “the hunter will always be the hero until the lion has his own historian.”
I am most grateful for the time that I have had with my children. I have gotten to spend each day loving them and getting to know who they are.
As a result, we are a very close knit family. We really enjoy being together. Recently, my family was at the movie theater. After the movie ended, a woman approached our family and said that she thought it was remarkable to see a family with teens together on a Friday night.
We thought nothing of it, but according to this precious woman, families are going in different directions and not hanging out together anymore. She thought it remarkable to see a family hanging out and enjoying time together.
So, I am grateful that God has blessed our family with precious time to just be together. Homeschooling has been a gift to our family, and I am so thankful for that.
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