Homeschooling, maybe?

Hey there!

I just wanted to let you all know that I have hit 50 followers! I am so excited about that, I never could have dreamed that people would actually want to read what I have to say.  So I decided that when my new blog and website go live, I am going to do a giveaway!  I am pretty excited about that.  I am not sure yet what I am going to use as a prize, but it will be fantastic.

I also wanted to ask you all for some prayer.  Kevin and I are talking and praying about what school is going to look like for our kids next year.  We had a realization last week, with a situation that happened with my niece, and it broke our hearts.  I am incredibly disenchanted with the school that my boys go to.  I love most of the teachers, and I know that they have a heart for the kids that go there.  But it makes me sad, that one teacher can spoil the experience.  We know that private school is not an option, and we are not Montessori parents.  So we’re praying about two things.

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1. Transferring them to a different school.
2. Home Schooling for a season of time.

I am not sure about the homeschooling aspect, it terrifies me to be in charge of such an important piece of my kids childhood. I am afraid that I am not capable.  I have been talking with a couple of my friends that home school, and I have realized that I have several fears that I am going to have to keep praying through.

1. Time, organization, and patience:  I don’t know how the fly by the seat of my pants kind of person I am can be disciplined enough to teach my kids at home.

2.  I don’t want to be “that mom” I have been guilty of passing judgement on parents who home school.  I don’t want to be weird.  But I do want my kids to thrive, and not have to be at the mercy of a teacher who is maxed out with kids.

3.  I am terrified that I will not be smart enough and capable enough to make sure that my kids are learning and progressing where they should be. 

My friend Sarah, is a great encourager and also is a mom who home schools her oldest son.  She gave me some information yesterday along with some scripture to help guide my steps, and help me rest in our decision. Sarah’s personality is very much like mine, assertive, direct and very much an advocate for her kids.  She is a wonderful mom, so I trust her guidance and wisdom.  I loved that she had things written out for me, that I could take home and pray about.  She told me that these verses helped her step out of her comfort zone, and rest that God would bless her prayerful decision to tackle her kids’ education.

“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.  ~Colossians 2:8~

“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weakness, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  ~2 Corinthians 12:9

” Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is- his good, pleasing, and perfect will.  ~Romans 12:2~

So for all of you homeschooling mom’s, I would love any feedback, tips and stories of how you came to decide that teaching your children was the right thing for you to do.  I so appreciate your prayers and encouragement.

Keep watching for the new blog ( If I understand the process, it should just re-route us over there!) 

Have a wonderful Thursday!

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  1. Lee Ann Logan says:

    In retrospect, I should have home schooled Jeff. School was very damaging to him. It wasn't that the school was necessarily that bad, it was just bad for him. With Holden, we made the decision to put him in public school with the understanding that if it was hurting him emotionally, we would find another way. In many ways, the flexibility that home schooling would provide us would be wonderful. We could take off and go to Iowa to see Molly and the boys whenever we wanted. Unfortunately, with just having Holden, I think that he would suffer socially as an only child. He doesn't have a sibling to interact with and learn that his needs aren't the only needs. While we hope that we can protect our children from the hurts of the world, including bad teachers, learning from tough times really is a blessing in the long run. As long as the tough times don't just keep going year after long year. I have a friend who home schooled her three boys and is now home schooling her grandson. In many ways, she hoped to protect them from the ugliness that is life. She still ended up with a child who had a drinking problem who had a child way too young. All her boys are successful adults now, but home schooling did not make their overall journey any easier. There is no right answer, only the answer that is right for you and your family. I know that if you do it, you will do it with all your heart and soul and it will be fine.

  2. I'll pray for you Jessica. I think you are selling yourself short; you have lots of talents, patience, wisdom etc to be able to teach your kids should you decide to teach them at home. You are already teaching them lots of different things by being their mom. i think there are lots of wonderful resources out there too that weren't available in years past. I think it could be a great experience for you all!!

    glad you have someone there walking alongside you too to help you decide if this is best for the family!

    but I think you would do great with it!

    betty

  3. I absolutely understand your fears and concerns about homeschooling. I'm pretty sure my husband and I talked and prayed about it for almost a year before finally deciding that it was the right thing for us.

    The beautiful thing about starting to homeschool your children at a young age is that you will have plenty of time to reintroduce yourself to academics. I can't imagine how scared I would be if I had to jump into high school calculus after being away from it for so long.

    I will be praying for you that you and your husband will know what is right for your family. Let me know if I can help in any way.

    And, by the way…there are some REALLY cool homeschool mamas out there 🙂

    Love,
    Rachael

  4. Hey, Jessica! I LOVE homeschooling Ruthie and Gigi! We have found an AWESOME curriculum for our children through a dear pre-school teacher friend called Heart of Dakota. It is so perfectly laid out and covers exactly what is needed and in a fashion that makes life of a busy family more than “do-able”, but ENJOYABLE! Check out my friend's blog http://www.ourfamilyforhisglory.blogspot.com. She blogs about the lessons and experience there. The Heart of Dakota website also has a sample of the guide book too, to give you an idea of what the routine would be like. The curriculum is newer, so the bummer is that not many know of it. Though, they have a forum and are happy to help guide you.
    My favorite thing about it all is that it is totally Christ-centered. I hope I haven't overwhelmed you with my excitement! 🙂 I wouldn't describe myself as a super disciplined type, and that was a major concern for me going in too. Though, this curriculum has been awesome for me to use in our teaching!
    Anyway, had to pass it along. I know this is a big decision and I'll be praying you and Kevin receive His wisdom!
    Blessings to you! Oh, and I cannot wait to see the new design! Will you still be on my dashboard?
    Blessings to you guys!!

    Candace

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