Though we could name a few good reasons why we WANT to home educate our children, it is by ONE reason that we DECIDED to do it: It is our calling- as their parents.
Ten years ago, when we began this journey, we didn’t know much about home educating. A tug- knowing that God was leading us here- was all we needed to proceed. We got started with some colorful textbooks, a math program, a reading program and a desk for our then only child. Very raw and eager to be doing ‘school at home,’ we never questioned the drill until I heard Carole Joy Seid at a homeschool seminar.
About the same time, I got introduced to Charlotte Mason. Then I read this book. We put aside the textbooks and devour lots of living books. We did narrations and thoughtful copyworks. We let music, art and nature studies inspire us. Miss Mason truly ushered a paradigm shift in my view of education. As we started implementing her educational philosophy, we discovered how learning could be such an adventure shared by parents and children. Oh, the possibilities!
The day-to-day aspects of our home education remain a work in progress. God continues to show us ways to grow on. To persevere. To focus. To make a difference. But what a privilege that even in the education of our children we can focus on eternity.
Ultimately for us, it is about being faithful to our calling, regardless of what everyone else is doing. It comes down to developing a biblical worldview that the children can take with them in continuing the journey. As we earnestly desire to train our children up in the way they should go, we realized how crucial it is that they be surrounded by godly influences for most of their waking hours. We’re not sheltering them from the world- we are equipping them to influence their generation and to be wise in this world. Who could disciple, love, care and guide our children the way we parents could? The Word of God clearly states that as our mandate.
“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.
You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. “ -Deut. 6: 6-8