Monday, February 10, 2014

The beginning of my journey to homeschooling

I've mentioned a few times that I feel like I'm being lead to homeschool our kids. Aubrey is currently in our local school and she's doing an amazing job. She's reading above grade level. She's meeting and exceeding every standard for her grade level. She's a great little first grade student. Her current education isn't what started this desire.

A few months back, I was doing a bible study and I came across Deuteronomy 6:6-9
These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

Proverbs 22:6 
Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. 

I've seen these verses many times and for me I've always viewed it in regards to raising them up. Teaching them to love God, love each other, patience, self control etc. When I saw those verses that day something changed inside me. While I still feeling like it's about raising them and teaching them to love, I think that the time that I was going to be spending with them teaching these things would be changing. These are some specific instruction from God on how he wants Conrad and I to teach our children. I felt that gentle little push towards homeschooling. 


This is never something I even considered but I knew I needed to look into it. In reading a couple books about homeschool and socialization, talking with some people that were home schooled and friends that are home schooling now, spending lots of time in prayer and talking with Conrad. I began to see and feel like this is going to be the right choice for our family.


I had a wise friend tell me, to try it for a year and then reevaluate. That right there was so freeing and I knew that God gave her those words to say to me. To help me with this big choice. I wasn't making this permeant decision but a decision for what was best right now. 

So, I'm pretty excited to say that this upcoming school year, we are going to start homeschooling!! Conrad did want to let Aubrey finish out her school year with her classmates and for me to have time to get things in order. I'm so excited and nervous at the same time. I know that it's going to be a journey and I'm so excited to start!