This week, I have been asked several times why we have chosen to homeschool. Well, we didn’t start out homeschooling the kids from the beginning. Our oldest went to public school until the 4th grade. There were a few issues and our only option at that time was to homeschool him. However, after several years of homeschooling him and our oldest daughter, we quickly came to realize that this is what God had intended for us to do all along. Since then, we have added two more children to our family and homeschooling journey.
Some of my favorite verses about teaching your children come from Deuteronomy. You see, homeschooling is not all about reading, writing and arithmetic. Yes, those academic courses will help my children get a job in the future. My goal though is to teach my kids to love God with all their heart, soul and might. As Christians, we are to glorify God through it all, no matter what. This is our job as parents and what is my most important goal ever in teaching our children.
4 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
We are beginning our 10th year of homeschooling and I will have a 9th, 3rd and 2nd grader. We graduated one from high school last year, who is now attending a local community college. As of right now, we will continue homeschooling until God tells us to do differently. While it wasn’t our intention to begin with, we are very intentional with our homeschool now.