My first teaching job was at a private Christian school that I had helped tutor and teach a few elective classes in the past. I was so grateful to the Lord for opening up the position I was offered. It was 3rd grade! Perfect! I LOVED this age and was excited to get started! I taught 15 bright and beautiful students that year. It was challenging as I was pregnant with Hannah that year but it was so rewarding!
After that, we felt led to have me stay home with our kiddos. The Lord filled me with the joy and passion to be the fulltime caregiver for our kids. We knew and had faith that we would be blessed through this sacrifice. We didn’t think too much about homeschooling at that point since our kids were so small but once we hit preschool years, we did send Hannah to a local Christian School preschool. It was a definite trial year both financially and emotionally…I wanted my kids home. I wanted to be the one who filled their minds with the wisdom and content they needed and not place that into someone else’s hands. I felt called by the Lord to raise my children according to HIS Word.
Another reason was due to the rapid decline the world was going. The common core change, the indoctrination that is clearly in our public school system and the constant pressure of having classes full of varying influences that we are trying so hard to have our kids avoid, were all factors in our decision. We want to surround our kids with godly environments as much as possible. There are so many great curriculums out there to pick from. The great enriching activities we could do as a family to bring us closer together while educating and the freedom and flexibility to structure our school day to best suit our lives was so appealing (so was being able to stay in pajamas all day cuddled up on the couch reading to the kids too, right? Do I hear an AMEN!).
It has not always been easy…sometimes I spend the day huddled in the corner with my blankie! HA! But the reward is amazing! We know that the Lord called us to this lifestyle and we also have a desire for our kids to love the LORD and have a relationship with Him. Why did you decide to homeschool? There are many reasons a family makes this decision. Homeschoolers can encourage each other and be such a rich and rewarding community! I pray the content on this page can help encourage anyone struggling with the idea to take the leap and bring the kids home or start homeschooling for the first time. I’ll be posting some steps to help first-time homeschoolers soon so keep watch! Many Blessings to you all!