Praying about homeschooling

Alisa - posted on 10/21/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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Yesterday, I kept my kids home from school (7 & 5 years old) due to a huge outbreak of H1N1 and overall sickness at their school. Most of the classrooms have more than 1/2 the kids out sick. I am upset w/ the school since I don't believe they are handling the situation correctly and I am afraid that they are lying to the parents. The superintendent sent home a letter saying that the sick numbers are stabilizing but they have been consistently high (over 28% of the school sick) and are continuing to increase. I have talked w/ other parents many who have sick children and their kids are so sick they are hallucinating or dehydrated, etc. Reason 1 is to keep my kids healthy, #2 they can't be learning there when only 9 kids are their class (teachers don't want to teach & then reteach again), #3 sending a message that school officials cannot lie about the situation. I'm calling the health department about it today and submitting my curriculum to get approved so my kids can legally stay home. I have to say that I am praying about this situation but first I have to find some peace (I know I am too upset that the district would endanger the kids). My husband & I believe that maybe I should have home-schooled the kids to begin and now God is sending us that message as well (we were always on the fence about it...home-school, Christian school, or public school). The reason we went w/ public school is because our daughter's spiritual gift is evangelism so we felt so could touch kids in a public school who otherwise would not be.

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Sylvia - posted on 11/05/2009

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Honestly, you need to do what is best for your family! In our area we have had two children 6 and 7 die from H1N1! Yet Dr. Oz states he will never let his children take the shot, after seeing that cheerleader have repercussions from the regular flu shot I would never let anyone I love take another flu shot! Home schooling can work, my girl friend has home schooled her children 16 and 9 for over most of their school days and they are very bright, intellectual, and well rounded kids. She does do a lot of internet schooling as she got in on a ground level deal where her kids get free internet home schooling. Her children are very active in musical lessons, church (singing, groups etc) and have many neighborhood friends they socialize with. Many schools have been shut down due to H1N1 nation wide, so yes probably your schools are not being honest with you. Christian schools are very expensive and not always any better than home schooling do your research before doing that one and make sure you have the money for it! I think homeschooling is awesome, but do you work or stay at home? If you work home schooling may not work either. Prayer first then talk to your children and your friends and family about it!

Michelle - posted on 11/04/2009

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I am currently homeschooling my two daughters (son goes to public high school). They are 11 & 13 and we are in our fourth year. I can't say enough good things about it. Whenever I have doubts or we have conflict, I remind myself that we would have the same things if they were in school (not wanting to do work sometimes). We get all our work down in just a few hours and no "homework" (of course, it's ALL homework! lol) I can't imagine going back to the days where they would spend 8 hours in school and then come home to 2+ hours of homework! And I don't have to spend hours trying to figure out what it is the teacher is looking for--I know! It makes for a much more flexible family schedule also. Wish I had done it from day 1--again, can't recommend it enough!

Marcia - posted on 11/04/2009

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Keep praying on it and if God has blessed your daughter with this spiritual gift let her be able to use it and she can't use it to help others if she's home schooled....God Bless

Chantal - posted on 11/03/2009

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My kids had the flu and are fine, praise God. A local school nearby had so many cases they shut the school down. It has now reopened, kids coming back.I have been homeschooling for over 7 yrs now and in the begining I wouldn't homeschool for nothing. But the year my son was to start kindie, The Lord pressed on my heart to homeschool. As I prayed I told the Lord I had no money and if he wanted me to homeschool then He needed to supply. about 2 days later I got a call from MIL and she told me she had 5 boxes of homeschool curriculum K-6th grade for me for free. O.k. If that wasn't a push to do it then? anyhow homeschooling is a blessing but it can be challenging as well. The best thing we can do for our kids is pray for them. But pray about this decision..and do your research. I totaly encourage homeschooling, it has been a huge blessing in my life and to my Adhd/Odd son.

Tammy - posted on 11/03/2009

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Are you sure the school is lying to the parents? Do have the actual numbers or proof? I understand the H1N1 virus is very scary and a lot of children around the country are coming down with it, but is that a good reason to take your child out of school? They could pick up the virus in the grocery store or wherever they go so you cannot protect them completely. Emphasize hand washing! and if they get sick keep them home. Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater. I don't think God is using the Swine Flu to tell you to homeschool your kids. That would mean he doesn't care about those who have already contracted it. If you want to homeschool because you think it's the best option, research, do your homework and see what you are getting yourself into but not as a kneejerk reaction. I know alot of people homeschool so they can make sure their kids are getting a "Christian" education and don't want them to come in contact with other elements in the public schools. Christians come in all sizes, races and from all walks of life. We live in a world full of people from all walks of life and we need to be educated about those who are different from us in order to be able to get along with each other. Jesus never hung out with those who were considered the "most Holy" or rightous, in fact quite the opposite. In order to become more Christ-like I think we need to follow His example of teaching by showing our love and acceptance of each other instead of pointing fingers. Here is a thought; I often hear people say that God has been taken out of our public schools and it makes me laugh. What principal, what school board, what government is big enough or great enough to take God out of anything let alone the public schools?? Not my God, he is all knowing and all seeing, he is everywhere.

Shannon - posted on 11/03/2009

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Homeschool because you believe it is best for your children. Homeschool because God has called you to do it. Homeschooling has been both my biggest blessing and my greatest challenge. Our enemy, Satan, tries to tear me down with negative thoughts, seemingly overwhelming schoolwork issues and the difficulties of trying to do housework, child care, groceries and devotions! But thanks be to God: he can do immeasureably more than we can ask or imagine. He will give you the peace you need too. Just make sure your reasons are not excuses. Look into HSLDA (homeschool legal defence association) as they have excellent resources about your rights to homeschoool in your particular state or province.

Jeanette - posted on 10/28/2009

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I was homeschooled through middle and high school and now as a parent, I fully intend to homeschool my children. It was the best thing my parents ever did for me. The biggest suggestion I have from personal experience and from watching my homeschooled "classmates" is to make sure you get your children interested in the idea. If they feel like they're missing out from school, then the minute they gain independence, they'll go wild.

Nancy - posted on 10/27/2009

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In NYS, it is the parent's right to homeschool. I did it for 2 years, but not just for spiritual reasons. My son is mildly autistic, and the school district didn't know what to do with him, basically. It was so beneficial to both of us, I homeschooled my daughter one year also, she was having severe growing pains, interfered with her sleep, so she kept falling asleep in school. Anyway, with all of the stuff that goes on in middle school these days, I am praying about doing it again.

Rachelle - posted on 10/27/2009

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I homeschooled for many years. I didn't get the support I needed from family or friends. I felt constantly that I wasn't doing right by my kids. But my eldest was able to get his GED for the Army. It was required that they either had a public education or they had to have a GED to prove their knowledge. He passed with a good grade. He went on to pass a very tough test after AIT and got the highest score! He is very smart and I'm very proud of him. He and the other two are the sweetest kids. I have watched them with their public school friends and know I did the right thing. They love Jesus and have high moral standards. They love their friends and would do anything for them. They have all witnessed to them and have brought several to a better understanding of Christ and brought a few to a saving knowledge of Him. My children have all been sick a time or two, but much less than the public school kids. Do some research and find the right curriculum for you.

Jackie - posted on 10/26/2009

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Alisa,

I have to say homeschooling is a challenge and a blessing. I home schooled my 6 children to high school. After having my 2 in a wonderful Christian school, we decided to homeschool them after receiving the tuition to have 3 kids in school. It would of been more then our mortgage payment. The first year was the most challenging because the two oldest would refer to how their teacher did it. I homeschooled the last 4 from age 4 to high school It is a wonderful expierence and you will begin to see the benifits in a short while. I understand about the schooling system. They have to protect themselves. There is an overwhelming amount of schooling supplies out there. DO IT! You won't regret it!

Alicia - posted on 10/25/2009

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Hi Alisa..I am currently homeschooling my son (15) and it has been a blessing..I have really lost faith in our public school system and if in doubt pray, but I am here to say that it is possible and some of our kids need a break from public school even if just for a season!! Let God guide you in your decision.. and some kids need a little more training before going into that spiritual battle..

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Homeschooling is a big commitment. As a mom who has homeschooled for over 6 years I can tell you it has reaped many blessings. I have used a cyber school for the last 3 years. This is a great compromise as Katie has a "real" teacher and gets to interact with other students but I can supervise what is going on and I know what she is and is not learning. I can also zero in on where she needs help. It works well for all of us. Oh, Katie also has the gift to evangelize and has lots of opportunities in the sports, music, chruch groups etc that she participates in. So...her talents actually get honed at home and used in the world.

Jill - posted on 10/21/2009

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hooray for you... i should of home schooled also... we prayed about sending my daughter to Christian school but never heard anything so we sent her to public school... thought that was where God wanted her,..... she has since learned how to curse,, has been in the principals office twice for it....and a host of other bad behaviors.... God bless you for wanting to home school... i have also a 4 yr old and a 13 month old so i know i could not handle the challenge....

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