Do You Know A Homeschooling Family?
Chances are you know a homeschooling family personally or you know of one in your community. I’m not sure what your opinion is, but there is an array of opinions going on about homeschoolers.
I homeschooled my two children in the 90’s when homeschooling wasn’t that cool. There were many homeschooling families, but it was pretty much undercover. We were very careful and many were fearful of being “turned in” by those that didn’t understand the concept.
Today, you see homeschooling children everywhere and are happily and freely blended into the community.
In 1999, it was reported that about 850,000 children were being homeschooled. This number isn’t that accurate as a few states didn’t report due to it being illegal to homeschool in their particular state. In 2003 it was reported that there were 1.1 million students being homeschooled. I just read a report that in 2016, 2.3 million children were being homeschooled and it is expected to rise even more over the next few years.
I’m excited to spend this week sharing ways to encourage the homeschool family that you know in your world, to stay strong and that you have their back. If you don’t quiet understand or even agree with homeschooling, maybe this week you will look at it a little differently and realize that homeschooling families are just like you, they just decided to take the education of their children into their own hands instead of sending their children to the local school house.
Homeschooling is a commitment. This commitment could be for a short season or for the entire twelve years. Whatever the time frame is, it is hard work. Homeschooling looks different in different families. Not everyone does it the same. When I began, there were so many different methods and styles of teaching. I may have tried all of them. I loved reading about families and how they educated their children. When I would read a style that I thought would work with our family, I would try it. Sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn’t. We will talk about those methods this week.
Supporting and encouraging homeschool moms is one of my favorite things to do. I look back on my 15 years of homeschooling and oh, how I would have loved to have had all the encouragement possible. Just someone to say, “I’m praying for you, you are doing such a good job!” My biggest encouragers were my husband and my mom. I had a couple of friends who were my mentors and I knew I could talk to them about anything; even the words, “What am I doing? I can’t do this!” They would pick me back up and remind me why I was homeschooling and that yes, I could do it. I had a few strikes against me as I have always had people in my life that their mission was to discourage me. I would usually get their disapproval by their comments or their looks and even their questioning of my children. But, alas, my children graduated from home education and both of them are doing extremely well and I might add…..they are extremely smart! Not because of me, but because of their love of learning. If anything that I would be thankful for…. and that would be that maybe I instilled in them to love learning. I did my best to provide a safe and fun place to learn. I loved those years and oh, how I wish I could go back with what I know now. Instead, I will spend the rest of my life sharing what I learned and what I would do now if I were a homeschooling mom again.
My children survived homeschooling and are beautiful examples of our season of learning at home.
I’m very excited to share that at the end of the week, there will be a giveaway. If you are a homeschooling mom, you will love this! If you don’t homeschool, you may know someone that does and if you win, you can give it to them and you will be a huge blessing to that homeschool mom. The Well Planned Gal will give a Well Planned Prayer Journal and a years subscription to the magazine, Family. I have followed and subscribed to this magazine for years and love everything about it. Click here to visit the site and you can see the other things that are offered. I have a feeling that you will love everything the Well Planned Gal has to offer.
To be included in the drawing for this amazing giveaway, just leave a comment and share your thoughts on homeschooling or what you hope to learn this week on this subject!
I’m so glad you’re doing this and can’t wait to learn from you! I love homeschooling the kids and am so thankful to be able to do so.
Courtney, I’m thrilled that you are homeschooling your cutie pies! You are such a sweet mommy; I know you will do great and your kids will have many great memories of their homeschooling years!
My daughter homeschools her 7 children! (Only 5 now as the oldest twins graduated) She’s committed to a more creative and individualized learning for each of their personalities and Christ centered. I know she needs constant encouragement as well as some extra input. They live in Lubbock and have connected with some other great “homeschooling” groups! Her husband is also committed and brings a lot to the table in helping with their education. I thank God for their love & commitments. I also have a daughter who has a husband who is a teacher & football coach in public school. Their 5 children have gone through public school without a hitch so their opinions differ somewhat on the “best” setting for learning. If I had it to do over again especially in this day & age, I believe I would choose to Home school my four!
Tina, thank you or sharing that. How thankful you must be to know that all of your grandchildren have done great in homeschool and public school. That is a blessing for sure!
I know so many home schooling Moms here in our community and have the utmost respect for them. It would have never been for me and I would have probably been pretty good at it due to my extreme organization, but…………… Both my daughter and DIL are public school teachers. It’s a personal decision for sure and I can’t imagine being discouraging to either choice. I’ll look forward to your posts this week and BTW, I had no idea that you homeschooled your kiddos. Another feather in your hat! Happy week Beverly!
I have a feeling you would have been very good at it! Yes, it is a personal decision and a hard one for many to make as it is such a commitment and a challenge. I like feathers and I like hats, so I will take it! 🙂