Welcome to a new series that I am working through introducing you to our school. I hope to share with you why we homeschool, our high and lows, suggestions, things we we’ve learned in 10 years and counting of homeschooling, curriculum, struggles, links and more.
Today, I want start right off with sharing why we homeschool.
We homeschool because we want to and because we can. Like many homeschool families, our decision to homeschool was based on the scriptures-meaning teaching our children YAHUAH’s ways and not the worlds. Scriptures such as Debarim (Deuteronomy) 6:4-9; Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) 10:2; YeshaYahu (Isaiah) 54:13; Vayiqra (Leviticus) 20:22-23 are our foundation.
Other reasons for homeschooling include:
- Keeping the children safer from violence, bullies and predators, etc
- Tailoring the children’s education to their unique gifts and talents, using different learning approach’s to fit their needs, and maturity level
- A closer relationship with us as well as each other
- A home that is free of allergens and follows our food requirements/choices
- The ability to encourage an abundant learning environment
- The ability to keep YAHUAH’s Appointed Times as needed
- An education based on scriptural principles and not mixed with lifestyles, traditions, customs, and beliefs that are contrary to scripture
- Most importantly because we love them, all of them and want to spend as much time as possible with them
When I was a teenager, I really wanted school to be tailored to my needs and interested and I did not like the peer pressure of school. I was a good student and I had some awesome teachers. Those teachers took time with me in countless ways. I had some great opportunities and was part of many things, but still I had a thought that this was not the education I wanted for my future family. Furthermore, I wanted a closer relationship with my mother (she was a single mother of 3, my father chosing not to be very involved). She did her very best and I am truly thankful.
I had only heard “homeschooling” mentioned but did not know what it was. Later in my earlier twenties, I met a few families here and there who homeschooled. I observed the families and spent time with their kids. Looking back, I would have asked their mother tons of questions and looked at the curriculums.
When we became pregnant with our first child, I began reading and researching homeschooling. I understood that it was not something to take lightly or “by the seat of my pants.” I knew that it would take work (did not know how much).
As we have grown in our walk with the Father YAHUAH and His Only Brought Forth Son YAHUSHA HaMashiach, homeschooling has become a wonderful blessing and honor. We get the opportunity to see, help, grow, nuture, and encourage our children in every area of their lives. We have struggled through reading, triumphed in math, soared in spelling but most of all there are two areas that are the most important:
- Our children are rooted and grounded in the Word of YAHUAH.
- We have good, established, rich growing relationships with our children. Some days the relationship wins over the lessons of the day. A hug, a kind word, a day off and sometimes some tears are all in any days work.
I am not saying this cannot be accomplished in public/private education but that it is easier for us by homeschooling.
Next, our school set-up (calendar, quarters, etc.), 2017-2018 Curriculum Choices, Curriculum Reviews, A Day in Our School and more.