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Tuesday
Mar082011

Why I Homeschool

 
Just recently I was speaking to a couple at our church and they asked me the question "Why do you homeschool?"  Well, originally my wife and I decided to send our kids to private school for safety reasons.  We both grew up in the inner areas of LA and San Diego where it was a pretty rough life and obviously as a parent you always want your kids to have a better life than you did.  In any case it was not until we met a couple while attending Grace Community Church that the idea of homeschooling was planted in our heads.

We asked the same questions that everyone always asks, Is it legal; What about socialization; can the wife work and still homeschool the kids and a myriad of other questions.  Well the couple was more than willing to answer some of our questions but on a few of them they told us to wait until our child was older.  Well, I did not like that answer because I always want to know before hand what I am getting into and as a result I went to my trusty friend the Internet.  And from the Internet I found out about organizations like HSLDA and CHEA who serve the Christian homeschool community.

At this point I also learned that homeschooling was a pretty big commitment financially since most families only have one income stream, the father's, supporting them while the mom is the teacher.  We continued for a few months doing research on this whole homeschooling lifestyle and found out we would need to make a few changes in our life.  Well my wife and I talked and we both decided that we would give homeschooling a try.  Well eleven years and five kids later we are still giving it a try; just kidding we are in it for the long haul.

I often get the questions asked of me "How can one become a homeschooler?" or "What does it take to get into homeschooling?"  Honestly, I would have to say that one of the prerequisites to homeschooling would be a God given conviction.  Many of the homeschoolers that I have spoken with over the years have attributed their start in homeschooling as an overwhelming conviction.  Either someone prayed for them and continued to plant or till the seeds until it was ready for harvesting or they woke up one morning and knew that they were going to homeschool; the latter was a smaller crowd but you get the idea.  As a result I don't think you can talk someone into homeschooling; it has to be a conviction that took root and is ready for harvesting.  My wife and I when we heard of Christian homeschooling, which is what we do, and took the time to examine it thoroughly we knew it was the right decision for us.

Well, a number of years have gone by and our initial vision of safety for our kids has been replaced with giving them a more solid biblical foundation.  We have also been able to add to our income stream so it is just not dependent on what “the husband” earns.  Consequently, we have found that homeschoolers are a very creative bunch of problem solvers and we are happy to be a part of this community.

 

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