We’re half way through our school year and I still pinch myself of the privilege we have when it comes to homeschooling. I’m so thankful we live in a country where parents are given the choice on how they want to educate their children.
I’m partnering up with National School Choice Week to share with y’all the reason that we have chosen homeschooling. National School Choice Week is a non-partisan, non-political effort that seeks to raise public awareness about the variety of educational options for children. There are more than 20,000 events nationwide. National School Choice Week will actually be the largest series of education events in US history. It’s a wonderful way for parents to learn about their options.
Next week, January 22-28, the events will be taking place! To find out if there is a National School Choice Week Event near you, take a look at this map. And to find out more about the school choice policies in your state, go here.
Today I wanted to share a little bit about our personal journey with homeschooling and why it’s been a great fit for our family. For those of you who may not have known, I was homeschooled K-12. When Travis and I got married he was coaching and teaching in the public schools. Before we had children we had thought we would just put them in the public school system since that’s where he was at.
Our eldest daughter was born and the time eventually came for Kindergarten. My mama heart just wasn’t ready to let her go just yet, so we decided to try homeschooling for a year. It was a sweet year where she learned to read and blossomed so much. The next year we tried out public school after much prayer and thought. She was enrolled in a wonderful school with an even more amazing teacher. It was truly the perfect fit for us that particular year. But as the school year ended we felt like it was time to have her back home.
What I missed most was getting to see her learn and experience new things. I missed being the one to see the lightbulb go off when she finally grasped something. I missed hearing her laughter through the day and getting to eat lunch with her. And her siblings missed her too. We constantly felt like a piece of our daily puzzle just wasn’t there.
This was two years ago. I now have a Kindergartener, 1st grader and 3rd grader at home. One of my favorite parts about homeschooling is that I get to decide what our days and our curriculum looks like. I get to watch my students and pay attention to their needs and interests. When one of them is struggling in an area, I love that I can take the time to work through the problem in a way that fits that child best. If one of them is infatuated with outdoor life, I love that I am able to find books and projects that can fuel his desire for learning.
Is it hard? You bet. One of the things about homeschooling that is the hardest, is truly dying to yourself and sacrificing the majority of your time. In my personal world there isn’t time to go out during the day for errands, to a day time fitness class or to meet a friend for lunch. And I’m okay with that. I know that this is just a season of pouring into and nurturing these little ones. The evenings and early mornings are when I take time to refuel myself. And my sweet husband is so good about letting me sneak away for a few hours here and there whenever I need. Homeschooling truly is a team sport at our house. I wouldn’t be able to do it with his support.
Do I feel like I know what I’m doing all the time? Absolutely not. And do I ever doubt myself? All. the. time. And that’s why I surround myself with people who keep me accountable and who speak truth into situations. My husband and mom are two of those people. When I’m struggling in a certain area, they encourage and lift me up. If you’re considering homeschooling, surround yourself with people who are in the journey with you. There are many wonderful options out there!
Homeschooling is so much more than the books and the education to me. It’s about building relationships with my children and enjoying life with them. It’s about getting to help foster their love for whatever they’re passionate about. I am so thankful that I have this beautiful privilege of teaching them.
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