I always said that I would never homeschool and I mean NEVER…
I have now learnt that you never say NEVER.
Sometimes we just don’t know the road that God will take us on.
We started homeschooling around 13 years ago. Our No 1 daughter had spent her primary years at school and No 1 son had done a year of schooling and finished prep. I really don’t remember the turning point that made us change our minds but I do know that the change has been (for us) the better. No 1 son had difficulty learning to read so when we brought him home we taught him to read using phonics, and within 6 months he was reading well. We found that if you gave him things he was interested in to read, he would read more, his first novel was Swiss Family Robinson.
We brought No 1 son home first and started him off with No 1 daughter returning to school for her first year of secondary education. A christian friend suggested we meet this lovely family who had been homeschooling for years. Well to make a long story short we met this family and brought our daughter home to school as well. We had never met a more well adjusted friendly bunch of children who greeted us at the door and didn’t run away to play on a computer game. They were well spoken and could give their opinion with respect and confidence.
Our decision was made – we would homeschool both of our children.
It hasn’t always been easy, but I think God has led us to this place to develop not only our childrens characters but also our own. I must admit my patience level isn’t great and I hope that has improved somewhat.
Since then our No 1 daughter has finished school, worked various part time jobs, whilst running her own sewing business and has now been married for 2 years and has 2 beautiful daughters. She has a wonderful husband who is supportive and caring and really looks after her well (Her husband is the youngest son of the family who’s character convinced us to homeschool).
No 1 son has finished his schooling, and completed a farm apprenticeship with his Father. He has been working now for a couple of years. We only hear good reports about his attitude and character and it is so pleasing to see him forge a life for himself. He is caring and considerate and terribly generous both with his time and money.
God has truly blessed us with these 2 children and our hearts burst with love for them both.
God then blessed us with more children some years on, when WE finally decided that 2 wasn’t enough. I think it was when WE decided to let God take over our lives instead of us controlling it (this is another post I am sure).
We are now homeschooling No 2 daughter and No 2 son. It still isn’t always easy but it is very rewarding. I am older now and have finally realised how much I enjoy being at home and how much I enjoy having my children here. I now no longer need to be a super mum, involved in everything and doing everything.
So we have got quite a few more years ahead of us of homeschooling but we look forward to where God takes us in that time and the character he will develop in all of us and the journey it will be.
PS: even though I write this post from my thoughts and feelings, my husband and I made the decision to homeschool together. He is the headmaster in our school and I am the teacher. I have a wonderful headmaster to turn to when I have issues that I need help with. My headmaster is a great support and without him I couldn’t do the teaching that I do.
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