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Is it Time to Pull Your Children from School?

Some may believe that homeschooling is this lovely world of arts and crafts and playtime with the children. While this may be true for some, it is not always the case.  I started homeschooling about three years ago and started during the middle of the school year. So let me first say I am by no means an expert at homeschooling. I am just another parent who wants to share what has been learned thus far in hopes that those who are just starting take comfort in the fact that they are not alone in how they may feel.

So with that being said, I have a question for you… Is it Time to pull your children from school? There are 5 things I suggest you do first!

Is it time

Have you Prayed? Pray some more.

The most important thing you can do before making your final decision is to pray.  Pray faithfully until you receive the answer. When you start thinking of reasons not to or reasons you should, stop what you are doing and pray.  We tend to reason our way in or out of things subconsciously and so I say pray.  This will help to keep the focus on what it is GOD wants you to do.

Are you and your spouse in Partnership on this decision?

Both you and your spouse need to agree about homeschooling.  Yeah only one may be doing most or all of the actual work of homeschooling, but the other part of the team is the support, not for the children, but for you.  Those days when nothing is going as planned or your children are not listening, you will need that hug, that ear, or maybe just a few words of comfort to help you get through those moments.

Are you open to trying many different things?

Be open to trying many different things from curricula and lessons to times and schedules to help you find what is best for your children. As you go about looking at different curricula, which can be very overwhelming and exciting at the same time, keep in mind your child’s personality and the best way to reach them. It is very easy to spend too much and still end up with the wrong kind of curriculum.

Are you ready to have fun?

I say this because it is the best way for me to remember that I am not a public school teacher. Once you start it does not and should not be the same set up as the public system.  That would sort of defeat the purpose don’t you think? It took three years for me to realize that I can break from the lesson plan and come up with my own worksheets, teach outside with nothing but sticks and dirt and they would still be okay.

Can you let go of your current vision of “right”?

As you begin this journey you may get so consumed with getting it “right” the first time that you may miss out on the things you wanted to see while homeschooling.  So remember to take the time to enjoy your children as they learn. Watch them grow into the child God wants them to be right in front of your eyes.

I pray these few questions and suggestions will help you make the decision to homeschool your children. To reassure you that all the questions you have and the nervousness you feel is very normal. You CAN do this! Yes, there will be days where you need to remember why you ever decided to do this. So the best advise I can give you now is: Things will not EVER, EVER be perfect so please, PLEASE, let go of that thought NOW!  Your journey will go much smoother and be more enjoyable for the entire family!

As a mother I am quite busy but I am never too busy to do God’s will. I am a military spouse who happily homeschools three children. I have tried my hand at many other things but as I continue to keep my eyes on God I am always pointed back to this main venue. You can find me on Facebook at facebook.com/RevelationsandMusic.

Comments

  1. Hi,
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I’m a navy wife who’s homeschooling our 3 kids as well, happily, most of the time haha.. I absolutely agree with your points and all that is left for me to say is that may God make it easy for all of us.

  2. Great post, friend! It’s amazing what God will show us if we just listen :)

  3. Thank you for this post. This is my first year homeschooling my 4 sons. There are some rough patches and all I can do is pray that the good Lord will help us through them. Your words of wisdom are appreciated. God bless!

  4. love the part where you can teach outside with sticks and dirt and they’ll still be okay! Thank you for sharing!

  5. Thank you for this. I am currently weighing out the pro’s and cons of pulling my 10 yr old of public school and home schooling him. I have 2 others that do well in school and like school. anyone have multiple children and only home school one?

    • Were you able to find anyone that has multiple children and only one at home. I personally do not know anyone, but I am hoping you were able to reach someone!

    • Beth, I have three in public school (ages 10, 8 & 6) & homeschool my fourth (13). The younger three love their school & their teachers & are doing fine. My 13yo however had issues with bullying & not being challenged enough. My 13yo does the K12 online program and LOVES it! My younger 3 are completely content staying at their public school & as of now, I am somewhat content them being there as well. Hope that helps :)

    • My husband and I have 7 children. Three are grown and gone, one a Marine and two in college, and three still in public school. But our one darling that I am homeschooling, had issues with bullying, undesireable activity in the new school district that we moved to, and it was as if we spent as much time at the school as our daughter. We decided that if we were spending this much time, we would be better off homeschooling. So far so good and surprisingly there has not been the anticipated rivalries behind this move.

  6. I will be revisiting this site often! I love the idea of homeschooling my children while being hip and fun at the same time. God has placed this journey on my heart for some time and this Summer the journey will begin!! I’m excited and scared all at the same time. Learning from God and allowing other Homeschooling Moms to be a guide I know will make this time memorable and something I will never forget. Thank you for sharing with us!!

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