Questions from the Audience
After my last post, I received several questions from my readers. I’d like to take this opportunity to answer the questions and address your concerns.
1. What was the key factor that the public school path was not for your children?
Before we got married, my husband and I decided that when the children came, I would stay at home. When I had my first child, Taylor, I was so excited. I wanted to be with her all the time. I felt like it was my duty to protect her and to be there whenever she needed me. I realized this could not happen if she was at school 8-10 hours a day. In the beginning, I really struggled with the decision. I loved my public school experience, and I knew nothing about homeschooling. As I did more praying and researching, I realized that the public school system could not produce the type of children that I wanted to raise. The American public school system has basically said that it wants nothing to do with God. How can I expect this institution to teach my children to be God-fearing men and women? I heard a quote from Voddie Baucham Jr. that says, “if you send your children off to Caesar for their educations, we need to stop being surprised when they come home as Romans.” This is what I feared more than anything. I know God has called my family to a special calling, and we would not be able to accomplish this with our children being disciples of the public school system.
2. How do you think your children will feel about being homeschooled as they become older?
Although I don’t personally know any homeschooled children, I have read lots of books and magazines, and heard several radio interviews from children of various ages. They all really appreciate not only the amazing education they received from being homeschooled, but also the bonds they were able to form with their families and all the unique experiences that homeschooling afforded them. While I hope my children grow up to feel the same way, I do realize that there will be some struggle. I can only pray that God gives my husband and I the wisdom and grace it will take to overcome the struggle.
3. How long are you planning to home school your children?
Right now it is my desire to home school until my children are done with their K-12 education. It’s my goal to have them prepared for whatever it is they feel that God has called them to do. This may mean going off to college or it could mean going off to the mission field.
4. Are you developing your own curriculum or combining curriculum directives from one or more sources?
One of my missions to spend the least amount of money possible on a quality home school education. Last year we did a trial run on a free preschool curriculum. It was a complete curriculum that was distributed online on a monthly basis. We all really liked the program, but I did not have much time to prepare from month-to-month because of late distribution.
This year, we are doing a Pre-K/K curriculum from Hubbard’s Cupboard. The lessons are free, and the entire school year is available to print year round. The best part is the curriculum is bible based! I am supplementing this curriculum with math worksheets and activities that I have gathered from various sources.
I really appreciate your interest in home schooling. I’m not by any means an expert, but I am willing to share all the knowledge I have, so keep the questions coming!