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Jun 12

Home Schooling Our Path

Today is my first “Teaching Tuesday” blog post, and I decided the best way to begin this series was to share with y’all why we chose to home school our children. I will state from the beginning, that there are some wonderful Christian schools out there, as well as some great Public school teachers. That being said, know that I realize some parents do not have a choice and must utilize one of those options. It is a blessing that we are able to keep our children home.

My brothers and I were home schooled from Kindergarten through 12th grade. We have never, repeat never, stepped foot into a public school for schooling purposes. I did visit a friend’s private school once, when I was in middle school for a few days. She lived out of state and I was on vacation with her, but she still had to attend school, so I tagged along.

I loved being home schooled, the freedom to do school in my pajamas, sleep in, do school as quickly as I wanted, take a day off if I needed a break, etc. Those are some of the biggest bonuses to parents and children alike when it comes to home schooling.

Growing up I did not have any desire to home school my children, even though I loved it, I did not believe that I was cut out to be a home schooling mother. I’m not sure why I thought that honestly, but I did.

When my son was 5, I was working part time outside the home. He and my daughter were in daycare, while I was working. I knew he was ready to start reading, he loved to be read to and would ask what the words were when reading books together. I decided that since I only worked 5 hours a day, that I would begin to teach him phonics. The first time I heard him read, that was it. It was wonderful to be a part of this first step in his life, and it started a fire burning within me. I began to desire to want to stay home with my children, full time. I knew at that time that it was not possible, my husband had been raised differently than I and believed that both parents should be working to provide for their families. So I began to pray. The answer was wait.

My son went to a private school for his 1st grade year.  I was happy that I was able to afford to send him to small private Christian school. I sent him there knowing his phonics, knowing how to add and subtract without using his fingers. He was very far ahead of what they considered a 1st grader. At the end of his 1st grade year, they tried to tell me he was ready to go into 3rd grade. I ordered a 3rd grade placement test and found that was not so. He was not ready for 3rd grade. I found that he had been allowed to use his fingers in Math as well, and could not do Math work without using them anymore. Talk about going backwards.

At this point, my husband and I were struggling in our marriage. My mother took the kiddos for a few weeks, so that we could have some time to figure out what to do. I spent 3 weeks away from my children and my husband. It was honestly one of the best decisions I ever made. I needed those 3 weeks alone, for God to work in me. I needed to see my life the way He saw it. I would not have been able to do that with regular “life” going on around me. I needed to get alone with Him. It was during this time that God brought a scripture to me. This would become my home schooling scripture.

“Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes. And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine house, and upon thy gates: That your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, in the land which the LORD swore unto your fathers to give them, as the days of heaven upon the earth.”

Deuteronomy 11:18-21
I was praying harder than ever before, that I would be able to stay home with my children and teach them. I wanted to be the one teaching them how to live for the Lord, teaching them how to be a husband and a wife by God’s standards, teaching them their school work, teaching them how to run a household, etc. I wanted to teach them, at home, full time. At the end of the 3 weeks, my husband surprised me. He told me that I could quit my job, be a stay at home mom and home school the children! Why? He said because it is what he wanted me to do! Praise the Lord! I couldn’t believe it! Less than 2 years previously he wanted me working outside the home because that’s what he believed was right, now after almost 2 years of prayer God had changed his heart!
It has been the greatest part of my life, teaching my children to read, watching their eyes light up when they finally “get it”! It is such a joy!
Teaching them how to live for the Lord each day is a big part of our day. We begin our day with individual devotions with Mommy (one kid at a time alone with me), then they have about 1-1.5 hours before school begins. Our curriculum is all based on God’s Word, yet another reinforcement! The more people you are around, and things you do that reinforce your beliefs is great, they learn that it is not just you that believe the way you do! We recently started using “The Child Training Bible” when we run into difficulty throughout our day. I am loving it! My children are a lot like me, their mouths move more than they use the 2 ears God gives them. So it is usually a bit of a struggle to get them to sit down and hear God’s Word, but it is getting better. All good things come to those that wait right? Once we’ve spent time in God’s Word using the CTB, they see how they were wrong, we talk about the situation, how we could have dealt with it differently and close in prayer asking God to help us throughout the rest of our day.
Every day is new to itself. It will present new joys and new struggles. This is no different with home schooling. The beauty of home schooling is that if they are struggling with something, then you can stop in your curriculum and work on that topic until they get it! There is NO reason to rush them through a curriculum, each child learns at their own pace and will struggle with their own things. You must tackle each new day, each new struggle as it comes your way. If y’all are “off” from the time you’re rising, take a day off. Go on a field trip, it still counts toward your days for state home schooling laws too! School work done in frustration will teach NOTHING!
There will be days that you think, I don’t think this is for me. Hard days will come your way, it is at those times that you must remember that God is the one who led you to this path! He WILL be your strength if you but ask Him! Ask the Lord for a scripture for your home schooling, He will give you one! When He does, hold tight to it! Remind yourself of it on those hard days! Look at your children and remind yourself that you are doing this FOR THEM! To teach, train and raise them up to serve and love the Lord FIRST AND FOREMOST!
Believing that God will guide you…..

 

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  1. Kari@CountHisBlessings

    I loved this. I am catching up on your blog today and have been so blessed. I always love hearing why families choose homeschooling. It always encourages me on my journey as a homeschooling Mommy. Love your heart and am so thankful we met in the blog world.

  2. Sarah @ Nature's Nurture

    What an amazing post! Our son is only a year old, but we knew from a long time ago that we would homeschool our children. I was an elementary school teacher before becoming a SAHM and it’s my experience in the public school system that drove us to that decision. I’m so happy for you and your family, that God brought you on this path and settled that little hump in your marriage. I’m sure you’re much stronger now because of it :) I’m pinning this to my homeschool board on Pinterest :) Thanks for sharing on Tiny Tip Tuesday! Have a blessed day :)

    1. simplyhelpinghim

      It is an amazing experience and I love it! I am blessed to be able to home school and grow stronger every day doing so! Thank you for stopping by and for pinning :) have a blessed day!

  3. simplyhelpinghim

    :)

  4. Denise

    Appreciate your sharing.

    1. simplyhelpinghim

      You’re very welcome! Thanks for stoppin by Denise! :)

  5. Sage

    I homeschooled my daughters for two years and it was a wonderful experience for all of us!

    1. simplyhelpinghim

      It is a wonderful experience! Something I look forward to each day! We learn more about each other, it molds and shapes who we are to be better and it’s a blessing to spend time with each other daily! :) Thanks for stoppin by! :)

  6. Mary Beth

    I never thought I would homeschool my kids. But now, as we begin to consider options. It really does seem like the best case scenario. I’m not sure that my husband is 100% there yet, but we’ve got time. Our son is only 16 months. :)

    Thanks for doing this series. I look forward to learning from you!
    Mary Beth
    newlifesteward.com

    1. simplyhelpinghim

      It is a journey to getting there! It takes time to get on the same page ;) God will have it happen at just the right time! I’m glad that you’re enjoying the posts ~ that is my prayer that God would use my life for His glory! :) :)

  7. Lisa notes

    I love hearing your story. I homeschooled both my daughters the entire way. They both wanted it and I was glad. But one daughter says she will homeschool her kids; one says she won’t (she thinks it would be too hard). I pray the Lord will guide them both to the right decision (whatever that option is!) when the time comes, regardless of how easy or hard it looks. Thanks for your testimony. It encourages me.

    1. simplyhelpinghim

      I truly thought the same thing. Yet what is hard is good for us :) God molds us during the hard times! I was glad and am glad that I was homeschooled all the way :) It truly made me into the woman I am today! I can’t imagine who I would have become if I had not been. Thank you for stoppin by and I pray that God would bless you with peace as you wait :)

  8. simplyhelpinghim

    I would enjoy having fun with toddler type things, growing too quickly is something that happens to often I believe. There will be time for him to read, write, etc. Using colors doing art, using letters to know what words begin with them, etc. is where I would start! :) I too am very thankful that God brought us together! Thank you for stoppin by! :) I’m gonna swing by your blog too! :)

  9. Kylie

    Praise God! He redeems everything – I’m so glad that you and your husband grew to be on the same page about homeschooling. I have wanted to homeschool ever since becoming a mother. We are still in the toddler stage but according to charts like that our oldest is “ready” for kindergarten at 2.5 – he knows all the letters and sounds they make, shapes, colors, etc and can write a few words. He loves to learn! I am honestly at a loss of where to go from here with him, since I don’t want to push him but at the same time I don’t want to waste this time.

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