We just finished out 6th year homeschooling! I can’t believe it. Other than being a wife and mom, I don’t think I’ve done anything that long!! And guess what? I still love it! Each year is new and exciting to me. I might enjoy it more than my kiddos!
Please know, that in NO way am I bashing public schooling. I know many amazing teachers (and even family members who teach) and they bless so many children and families. They ARE changing the world. And we need them. It’s just not what God has asked us to do. Just like He’s asked us to live on a farm. That’s why living in America is great! We have choices.
In 2010, God was working on my heart in so many ways. First, to bring my family to eating healthier. Second, to be open to living on a farm. And third, to start homeschooling. All of this was completely foreign to me!!! I started researching through other blogs, books, and talking to other moms.
My college degree was Food Science and Human Nutrition. I was trained that science is the best. God was challenging me that what HE created was best. Not labs and factories but what is found in nature. Which led to living on a farm……. AND why not grow it yourself??? I feel I have no marketable skills but I felt I could grow a garden and take care of some animals. Already, God was preparing my heart to accept our move to Idaho in 2013. Because before that, absolutely NO WAY! So now, along with Google, blogs and YouTube, that’s what I do!! Never say never to God!!
So back to homeschooling, God was showing me that we were so busy that I didn’t have time to teach the kids what I was called to do. I had been extremely active in Riley’s public school. I was room mom and even president of the school parent teacher organization. I saw all the time spent on things that were not so important. And the way I was to find the time was by homeschooling. SCARY!!!!
Cue thanks for the invention of Facebook and the pioneers of homeschooling that I knew that had high school graduates and even college graduates who were homeschooled!!! I asked everyone I knew who homeschooled for theiradvice.
Once the decision had been made to homeschool, the next big decision to make was CURRICULUM! A wise friend of mine suggested that Sonlight would be a good fit for us since it is full of living books. Premier educator, Charlotte Mason describes living books as “usually written by one person who has a passion for the subject and writes in conversational or narrative style. The books pull you into the subject and involve your emotions, so it’s easy to remember the events and facts. Living books make the subject “come alive.” They can be contrasted to dry writing, like what is found in most encyclopedias or textbooks, which basically lists informational facts in summary form.”
After looking at their curriculum, I decided to use Sonlight for our first year. It was a little spendier but I loved how I could incorporate all three children together AND they have amazing teacher guides, which I needed.
After our first year, I thought that I could create our own curriculum. We tried several things but ended up back with Sonlight. They just make it too easy. You have everything when you receive the supplies. No running to the library or Wal-Mart which is very important for us since we live on a farm!
What I appreciate about homeschooling
- Mom learns just as much as kids, if not more
- Mom has to trust God as God is molding me as much as our kids
- Freedom in our scheduling. This year we skied in Utah for a long weekend then headed to Texas for 2 weeks during the school year. We take off when grandparents visit from Texas.
- Siblings HAVE to work it out.
- Schooling can happen anywhere and they love learning. Granted this is after 6 years of homeschooling.
- We do tons of life skill training. My 11 and 15 years olds can make at least one complete meal unassisted. And it’s not heating frozen pizza!
I am so thankful we have the freedom for this adventure!