Helping Families Thrive In Life
Answering the #1 question most homeschooling parents have
Why do I homeschool? Why did I ever start homeschooling? This is a question many parents ask quite often – almost yearly. Some even ask themselves this question every other day.
Homeschooling has its challenges – no doubt. But homeschooling also has, not only benefits, but great rewards including joy, self-confidence, growth, maturity and a well-rounded development – for the whole family.
I will answer that question with my own story that eventually became our family’s journey.
My homeschooling adventures started about 27 years ago.
My introduction to homeschooling took place while obtaining my license to become an elementary school teacher.
One of my instructors brought his children in to meet his classroom of future teachers. What I saw in his children peeked my interest. His children were at peace.
They were smart – as most children are, but there was a difference in their actions, attitude and in their eyes. They were at peace.
Please keep in mind that I had had years of experience with children by this time in my life.
From being the oldest and helping to raise my siblings who are 9 and 14 years younger than me, to teaching Sunday School and working in a day care.
By this time I had accomplished several hours in my student teaching experience also. I say all of this to clarify my experience with children.
That peace in their eyes and how they communicated with college students was amazing. They were not intimidated by our age or by our questions. The seed had been planted to find out more about homeschooling.
While carrying our first child, I worked full-time not knowing what the future would hold for our little family. Both my husband and I wanted me to stay home after the birth of our baby. This was our goal and we both prayerfully strive toward that.
I will not go into all the details that followed except to say that we had another child. By this time our first child was reaching school age.
During this time I had met other moms who were homeschooling. I asked them a bazillion questions – some wanted to run when they saw me coming but were gracious enough to answer all my questions.
Also I checked out material from the library to read on the topic and listened to radio shows from Focus on the Family.
Through all of this asking, reading and listening, I prayed for direction. This decision was bigger than me. Once I knew - that I knew - that I knew this was the path God had planned for me, I shared it with my husband.
He unknowingly agreed.
That is a story he will have to share.
The awesome thing is – he is thankful for our decision and would not have it any other way.
My homeschool adventure and journey is the result of an answer to prayer. - Deborah Colon >> Click To Tweet <<
So, back to my opening question of “Why do I homeschool?”
I know without a doubt that God called us to this adventure with our children. Knowing this has carried me through many times I wanted to quit.
Having four children growing and changing from day to day and at times “forgetting” what you taught them the day before can be a little aggravating, to say the least.
So we still ask questions. We still pray about our continual homeschooling adventure and journey, and yes, we still do our research.
To answer the question - we homeschool our children out of obedience to what God called us to do. We take it a year at a time and always ask the Lord for his direction for our children.
So far, He has given us the confirmation to keep homeschooling and we are all at peace with that. This is part of our homeschooling adventure and journey not just a goal to finish.
So far, by God’s grace, throughout this homeschooling adventure and journey we have graduated our two oldest children, whom we homeschooled from beginning to end.
Our firstborn daughter is now a Massage Therapist, Equine Massage Therapist, and Master Herbalist. She’s now working with great success and favor.
Our second child and firstborn son just graduated with high honors by holding a 4.0 in all classes from start to finish, with an Associate Degree. In the fall he will be working on his bachelor's degree at another university.
It's a privilege and an honor to be asked and lead to homeschool our kids. - Deborah Colon >>Click to Tweet<<
Our last two teenagers are well on their way through high school anxiously waiting for the last day of school.
It’s a bitter-sweet experience. We all look forward to the last day of school and to those days when they can finish their “homeschool career.”
It’s what we move forward to. Yet – we miss the hunger for more knowledge from our young children during their school years.
We're all thankful that we chose this path to both educate and disciple our children into the men and women God intended them to be. What privilege – what honor – to be asked and be lead to homeschool our kids.
Question: How did you know and decide to homeshool your kids? If you haven't then what steps are you taking to make the right decision? Comment below.
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