When did you know that God wanted you to homeschool your child?
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Valerie - posted on 03/28/2011
I tend to fall along the lines of Sandy. I also went to public school and had the most chances to witness and learn how to show God's love than any other time in my life.
But this doesn't mean it's for everyone. Being in public schools means you have to be savy with how the system works, go to the board meetings so you know what decisions will affect your kid, understand the curriculum etc. I am a teacher, and I sub in the district we live in so I have an inside look at what goes on there. If you're not comfortable or don't have the time to invest in doing the research into your school district, or not sure how to make changes in the school if there are things you disagree with, homeschooling may be the way to go. What's most important is to give it to God and see where he wants you. Also, don't let homeschooling then cut you off from the rest of society. I have family members who are very active in their community even though they are homeschooled and they are doing amazing things. But there are others who use it as an excuse to hole up and never have to interact with others who may disagree with them. So whichever you choose, you will do well as long as it's where God has called you! :)
Danielle - posted on 03/26/2011
I was Homeschooled and Survived! Hehehe, kidding aside. My mom was in a similar place as you, I don't know what tipped the scales for her, but she ended up homeschooling me and my two siblings until our Junior year of Highschool. I am completely thankful to her for her sacrifice. I truly enjoyed being homeschooled, learned things I wanted to learn about, was taught an original way to look at the world, and made many friends I still have today. I could go on and on. =]
I am also thankful my mother was wise enough to let go of me when she knew she couldn't teach me anymore, and let me go to a normal school. (met my husband there!) I am sure she had so many fears through out it all, fear of failing me in my education, fear of the extreme sacrifice it would take her. But it all worked out for her. I am sure if you hold on to God, even if you remain fearful, you will do the right thing for you and your children.
My daughter is only 18 months old, but I plan on homschooling her. Even though I watched my mom, I am still FREAKED OUT! So I'll pray for you, and if you could pray for me that would be awesome. =]
Sandy - posted on 03/16/2011
I"m a stay at home mom with a 7 and 10 year old. We send them to public school (K - 8) because if we were not there, then who would be a light to the children there? Not my husband or I. When my son graduates from 8th grade and just one student comes up to him and says "You're different. How come?" and my son can reply "Let me tell you about Jesus". Maybe our schools wouldn't be in the state that they are if more Christians took a stand and told the systems they were not going to stand for certain things, put the school boards on notice and tell them we are here and will be heard. It is a struggle for our family. But it also provides many chances for us to talk to our boys about what is going on and what God wants for them and our world. We talk about how to evangelize to friends, how to treat others, how to deal with unbelievers. My oldest son is a very deep thinker and has a very deep understanding of Christ already.
April - posted on 03/06/2011
Faith in God like many moms have already said is the way to go. i have a 2 yr old and a 3 wk old. and both are boys. i plan to homeschool too, but wonder how ill aford teh tests and materials needed. i just remeber that this is Gods will and somehow it will hapen...with faith. were proud of you and so is God for puting your worries aside to do what He wants for you and your children and you will be blessed for your obedience. God love you and all the moms out there that homeschool their babes and teach them of "The Way, the Truth, and the Light" that is God.
Kristena - posted on 03/04/2011
Single Mom, Pregnant and struggling badly. I need my rent paid tomorrow by 12:00 noon or I have to find a new place. I have had some help. I need 150 more to have it all. Can anyone suggest anything or help in any way???
God Please help me and bless someone's heart to help me. I trust that someone will have the funds. God you promise to never leave us.
Tammika - posted on 03/03/2011
I must say, this conversation is very encouraging for me. I have a six year old and will have another child in June. My husband and I have discussed the thought of homeschooling and he totally backs whatever it is I want to do. It's good to see that there are some people who do homeschool and have good things to say about it.
Cyndel - posted on 02/27/2011
I've always wanted to homeschool and my husband supports me in this. It is made easier considering he never wanted me to work at all. So I quit my job 2 1/2 weeks before we married and have only worked one job since and that was a paper route that I was able to take my son on.
Any way, homeschooling has always been strongly on my heart. I guess it helps that I was raised in that world. I was homeschooled for all 12 grades.
Wendy - posted on 02/24/2011
The only thing you should fear is God! I just quit my job in November to homeschool. I was our church secretary. I was an asst. teacher for 2 yrs. before that. When one of my boys was going to be retained in K and one move on to 1st grade, it got me thinking. There were lots of different things that started happening to us that put homeschooling as THE choice. My pastor said this, "When she (my daughter) is 14, she can have 14 yr old influences or she can have you." Our main reason was because God gave us these children to disciple and teach, not the world. If we do not reach them by the age of 13 statistics show there is an 80 or 90% chance they will never be. We use Christian curriculum to teach. Also, if it brings glory to Him, then of course He wants you to do it. Hope this helps.
Christy - posted on 01/22/2011
I work part time right now and homeschool my children in the morning. I would much rather homeschool them full time because I don't agree with what the public schools teach. Plus, if they were full time in public school, that's about 7 and a half hours per day that the "world" is coming at my children full force and I only have a few waking hours per day to combat that. It is possible to live on one income, though it may be difficult. Like Christa said, you have to just have faith that God will provide for you when you are following His instructions and being obedient to Him. =)
Christa - posted on 10/05/2010
I understand your fears.....I do not home school my child. They attend our church school which has very small classrooms and is structured around our faith. I feel very blessed to have it. I am a WAHM so I am able to volunteer at the school anytime. It is a tough call.....follow your God given maternal instincts and then have FAITH!!