Friday, April 12, 2013

Why Homeschool?

It is, once again, that time of year to decide 1. Whether or not to homeschool next term, and/or 2. In which charter school should the kiddos be enrolled? This was my fifth year schooling and I have to say, I am getting a bit burnt out. On one hand, I desire a charter school where the kiddos can be in the classroom most of the time, if not, all of it. But on the other, I love the flexibility of them learning at home! I can take them on trips, to the museums, aquariums, zoos, national parks all over the United States (U.S.) without restrictions of time and place...just the budget.

We have always finished, each grade, on schedule without overflowing into the summer months. In some ways I keep it similar to traditional school with lessons being from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 or 3:00 p.m. however there are days when we have something going on in the morning, or on a work day, and switch things around a little to accommodate. Thankfully, we have never done a "year round" calendar...otherwise I would be completely overloaded. Does any district still do the "year round" thing, by the way, or was it an epic fail?

Charter schools in our area are, unfortunately, limited. There is one not too far away where the students are in the classroom full time. I was interest in that one but the staff failed to return my calls and email messages. Boo! Other charters are strictly "independent study" programs and participants are home full time. Lastly, there's the hybrid, where individuals are in the learning center part of the time and at home the rest. Currently, that is where I prefer we stand...on the middle ground.

But, back to my initial question...why homeschool? I feel the option was presented to me five or six years ago, in bible study. Many, though not all (and probably not even half), of the ladies were homeschooling their children. I felt frustrated with the local "traditional" public schools and desired a different (better, in my eyes) choice. The book WHEN YOU RISE UP: A COVENANTAL APPROACH TO HOMESCHOOLING by R. C. Sproul Jr. came to me highly recommended. Not to mention Titus 2:3-5 (ESV) states,
Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.
I took that to apply to me. I still do.

So...am I going to homeschool for 2013-2014? That's the plan. I find it enriching, enlightening, fun, tiring (at times), frustrating, monotonous, challenging, a full time commitment, the BEST use of my time, revealing, unyielding, life altering, rewarding, intimidating, gratifying, exhausting, a privilege, and an honor.

Give ear, O my people, to my teaching;
incline your ears to the words of my mouth!
I will open my mouth in a parable;
I will utter dark sayings from of old,
things that we have heard and known,
that our fathers have told us.
We will not hide them from their children,
but tell to the coming generationthe glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might,
and the wonders that he has done.

He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel,
which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children,
that the next generation might know them,
the children yet unborn,
and arise and tell them to their children,
so that they should set their hope in Godand not forget the works of God,
but keep his commandments;and that they should not be like their fathers,
a stubborn and rebellious generation,
a generation whose heart was not steadfast,
whose spirit was not faithful to God.
(Psalm 78:1-8 ESV)
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