Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Why "Homeschooling My Miracles"

I thought long and hard about what the title of this new blog should be. My children are truly miracles, as all children are! However, our children came to us in 3 different and quite miraculous ways. Thus the title of my blog "homeschooling my miracles". So, in the next couple of days I will share a little about each of my miracles! But, for now, let me share a little about why we homeschool! When our oldest was school age it was the natural thing to do to put him in school. I loved being home with him, but we thought he needed more. So, we sent him to a 2-day/week preschool. the following year we put him in a 3-day/week preschool for 3 yr olds. I hated him being gone 3 days per week. But, by then we had our second son, and he had a few medical issues as an infant so I spent a good bit of time at doctor's appointments and the hospital with him. He was very bright, and loved to learn. When it came time for the next school year (4 yr kindergarten) we signed him up for the 5 half days that our church offers at their Christian school. The thought of homeschooling never crossed our minds. He was supposed to go to school now. Afterall, most of our friends ha their kids in an all-day program--we were strange enough to pick him up at noon! We loved his teacher and Paul excelled in school--as we knew he would. At the end of that year we were planning our 3rd child and financially things were tough. So, we thought we could save a little cash and homeschool. Our plan was to do it for kindergarten and maybe 1st grade. Our parents thought we had lost our minds. They were indoctrinated (as we were) that school is where a child should spend their days. After about 6 months of schooling him at home there was no way we would consider sending him back to school for a really long time. God showed us, through a little financial difficulty, that at home is where our children should be. Why would we send them off for someone else to raise! Why would we let someone else be in control of what and how our children learn. Looking back, it makes no sense at all to me that we even considered sending him to regular school!! So, it is quite a simple story. But, somehow, still miraculous that God showed us what is best for our family, without us even realizing that we weren't already doing what was best. Now, we have three children--ages 8, 4, and "almost 3" and I wouldn't have it any other way then to have them home with me learning about the world around them.

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