What does homeschooling mean to you?
There are so many reasons why a family may choose to homeschool. Maybe you want more control over the curriculum, or want the freedom to design your own program. Some families choose to homeschool for religious reasons or due to medical issues.
Whatever your reason, enjoy this time with your children. The Lord gave us our children to raise them and nurture them.
I often hear moms say, “I can’t teach my children. They would never learn if they stayed home.”
Let me ask this. How did they learn to talk, eat, walk, dance, or even sing songs? They learned from YOU!
Make YOUR school day Different.
One word of advice since we’ve often been programmed to think every school day should be like what happens in the public school system.
Make your school day different. Individualize your program to meet the needs of your children. If this means going on a field trip once a week, singing songs to remember concepts, reading books out in the sun, baking to learn math concepts, hiking in the woods, then do it!
- Read a chapter book as a family after dinner, or
- watch a documentary together and talk about it afterwards.
- Raising a pet and journaling about it.
- Watch a YouTube Video and have a fun gym class in the living room!
I’ve attached a FACT SHEET to help you get started. Remember, I live in Pennsylvania. My state is one of the most restrictive states as far as the homeschool laws and stipulations go. This is not everything about the current homeschool laws. The best thing is to read the law, and then read it again.
A great resource that has helped me get started was this website: www.askpauline.com
This is an excellent compilation of everything from getting started, finding an evaluator, special education,…you name it. If it is about homeschooling, she’ll have it in there.
I have been homeschooling for over 16 years. We just graduated our 1st homeschool kiddo through the local Diploma Association. I am definitely NOT an expert but I do know that we have been blessed in many ways with the freedom of homeschooling in this country.
I have talked with other moms from places in other countries where homeschooling is not an option. They would LOVE the freedom we have. Don't take this for granted.
Before ending today, I want to share our reasons for homeschooling. This will be different for everyone you ask but I want to share with you our reasons why we think schooling our kids at home is THE BEST option.
This is the #1 reason we homeschool our kids:
This should be our goal in life as parents.
Parenting, disciplining, guiding our children and being with them every day, interacting with them, talking with them, teaching them, training them, being an example in all ways.
To me and my family, this is THE main reason we choose to homeschool.
There are many other benefits that follow.
Wherever HE puts us in life, our children are our responsibility
and this is one of our callings as parents.
"These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates." --Deuteronomy 6:6-9
"Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. They are a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck." --Proverbs 1:8-9
"Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it." --Proverbs 22:6
Thanks for reading!
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We are here to help anyone and everyone on this homeschooling journey! Let us encourage each other up in the teaching of the LORD!