We never planned on homeschooling, in fact, I just assumed that any children we would have would attend day care until they started school. That is the way it was done in our family. So, we enrolled our first-born at nine weeks old into a home daycare that was recommended by my supervisor who had her daughter enrolled there. Our oldest son was in day care from then on until he was 27 months old, although he did not attend in the summer months because I was working part-time and was based in a school.
Now, am I knocking sending children to day care? Sort of. Why? 1) We NEVER got comfy with placing our child in someone else’s care each day. I would drop him off and I would pray on my drive to work for the Lord to keep him safe and to allow him to be loved on and well cared for.( Thank God, he was cared for in both day care settings that he was placed into) and 2) Unless you place your child into the hands of a Christian stay-at-home mom who is already raising her children in a loving, safe, stimulating setting, I would not do a home day care again and 3) When you send your child to a larger, mainstream day care your child is in larger group, which means less one on one time, more germ spreading, and a MUCH bigger price tag, like say, a $928.00/month price tag—for ONE child! That’s college tuition— for preschool!!! Crazy! I could go on about the pros and cons of both types of daycare but that is enough for now!
**Note**Please keep in mind that if you are a single parent, I understand that you may have no other choice and I get that! But, you may want to try to link up with a SAHM(stay at home mom) who is currently home educating her own kids and approach her to care for your child or children instead of a commercial day care. Your child will reap the benefits from being in a two parent home daily with a few other kids, learning about the Lord, AND being prepared academically for school. Just a thought. You could request that she and her husband get background checks, work out a fair fee, and take it from there!! It would be a win-win situation for your family as well as an additional income and ministering opportunity for her family.
So, once we got pregnant with our second son, we knew that my part time salary would just cover tuition for both boys to be in someone else’s care. That’s when my precious and very wise hubby suggested that I stay home. Besides, it would allow him to give up his two part time jobs he was working to pay for our oldest son’s tuition. We decided that upon our second son’s birth we would keep both of them home from that point on and would take it from there.
At this point, I was still under the mind set of being home until our kids started kindergarten. But God had other plans for our family. As time went on I began to research homeschooling because I knew I had to ensure that the kids were ready for kindergarten. As I poured over the many methods and styles of homeschooling God began to open up a world to me that I knew very little about. He also showed me how these amazing moms train, disciple, and educate their kids to love, know, and serve Jesus Christ and to be prepared for whatever path the Lord may have for them.
As I researched I became overwhelmed at the thought of home schooling middle and high schoolers. But then God’s peace would enter in and I would just focus on preschool items. I would stop getting ahead of myself!I know that some moms think they “could never stay home with their kids” but I believe that is fear talking. I believe that within all mothers is an ability to care for our kids full-time for any length of time. We just have to tap into our source, Jesus Christ. He will not give us more than we can handle and if we are open to Him, He will equip us for ANY and ALL undertakings that He has outlined for us.
I know that for us, God had to get our attention and then slowly change our hearts to His will for our family. We know that He desires that our kids be home educated K-12 and we could not be more excited! I can tell you that we do not have it all figured out but we are completely trusting God and are following His guidance. God has provided us with so many great resources and we are blessed and excited to be on this journey! I would not trade this opportunity for anything in the world!
So, how did your family come to the decision to home school? Tell us your adventure!