Saturday, November 11, 2006

Flashback on homeschooling

This was originally posted on 11/11/06, when we were early on in our homeschooling journey.  I believe my eldest was in 3rd grade and she has just entered her Junior year of high school! It's funny to look back now and see how I needlessly worried so much!  If I could give some advice to a beginning homeschool mom, it would be to just relax and enjoy the journey.  That you would take the time to home educate your child shows your dedication and concern. It'll all work out - one day at a time! You're doing great!

Our reasons for homeschooling have grown in number but these are still very applicable, so please enjoy this blast from the past!

The school year continues even if we're not really ready for time to march forward.  I very much long to get to a place where our schooling borders on the boring.  Now I *know* boredom is not a good motivator for learning. I'm not talking about boredom in learning but rather boredom  in that our methods, books, curriculum, focus are not always changing.

Homeschooling a dyslexic, special needs child has been such a frustration to me.  It seems that everyone expects you to teach them but nobody wants to tell you how.  I almost caved last week and turned to the public school system - almost.  I had to remind myself of WHY we homeschool.  So, why do we homeschool?  I can only give an answer for our family.

1)  The Bible instructs it: 
Deut. 6:4-8,
[4] Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:
[5] And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
[6] And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
[7]And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk
of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the
way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
[8] And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

2)  Things of eternal value are far greater than those of earthly value. 
1 Cor. 8:1b  ...Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.
Proverbs 31:30  Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.

3)  Character is key!
Galatians 5:
] But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
[23] Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

4)  We want to keep our children from the clutches of the Devil!  We don't want them exposed to godlessness.  They can't go into wal-mart without facing the world. Why on earth would we intentionally send them TO the Devil's playground?  To learn his ways?

James 1:27Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit
the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by
the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and
acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
As an aside, how can a childs mind be tranformed and renewed when it is being filled with humanism and immorality?  Doesn't make any sense to me.

So, those are some reasons we homeschool.  No, I do not want my child to be ignorant and I'm trying my best to teach her.  When those days come that I feel like the valley will never end, I think it's important to remember the why's of homeschooling and remember that there is an eternal cause far greater than grades and worldly accomplishment. 

Your reasons for homeschooling may be vastly different than mine but in the end, what is important is that you know WHY you are doing it.  Those reasons will keep you going. Make a list, write it down, read it frequently :)

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