SACHS blog #9 Our Journey into Homeschooling

The reason for our Journey into Homeschooling is a simple one. When I was pregnant with my Eldest child (2005) I knew God put the desire into my heart to homeschool.Ā  But I have had a lesson I had to learn (and possibly still have not completely accepted) is to be patient and wait – Enjoy the moments.
Just as I never wanted to miss the first smile, those first few stumbling steps –Ā  i want to be part of my children’s lives…The years fly by so quickly and I know we have them in the home for such a short time. I want to enjoy watching them enjoy their childhood.

Not all days have been grand ones. Parenting is not for the faint of heart! To me there is very little destinction between homeschooling and being a Mother . I Do know our Journey is a called one. I would certainly not be walking this road if I didn’t have the blessing/urging of God in my life. Another aspect that helps soothe the road is that my husband is in complete agreement with our choice.

One of the biggest issues I have faced while walking down this road is Judgement. I have to often still my heart and breathe when Others are making arguments regarding how I am holding my children back from life.Ā  I don’t agree with them at all. But beside being Judged by others – I often find myself wanting to judge back. My husband and IĀ  didn’t have great school experiences – they were not fatal ones either. But thankfully when I compare what the choices are I know the Lord has called us for this path.

There are so many schooling options out there it took a while to figure out what which way to start. We use a Literature based curriculum mainly. I am quite happy with how it fits into the family for now. I am never certain where we will finish this race. It depends on God. I completely trust in him to guide us in the right way.
It needs saying that My son is only starting difficult school next year. the demands will be more, the challenges greater. But if I could help him to express himself through painting and drawing and creating, counting to 10 but most importantly having a relationship with God I know anything is possible.

Our journey is not centred around my Eldest son. We have 3 children who are on this journey, the goal is for them to be who God wants them to be. To be a useful part of the Greatest Army – God’s Army. I look forward each day to see how God will work in these special little lives.

Blessings

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This post features on the South African Carnival of Homeschool Bloggers where South African home schoolers share experiences, ideas, philosophies and much more.  You can join the carnival too by heading to the South African Carnival of Homeschool Bloggers sign up page.   In the meantime, head to SACH Carnival #9 – Our Journey into Homeschooling for this week’s carnival.  We hope you enjoy the carnival as much as we have!

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4 Responses to SACHS blog #9 Our Journey into Homeschooling

  1. Tanja says:

    Thanks so much for sharing, it’s lovely to hear how other poeple chose homeschooling.
    Stay strong, you know you are doing the best you can for your family!

  2. Taryn says:

    Thanks for sharing Donette. Take heart – it gets easier to cope with criticism. And, strangely, I’ve found that judgement lessens greatly the longer one is home schooling. Plus I’ve found that counter arguments very often come from a place of ignorance. They’re not meant to be malicious or hurtful. Gracious kind responses go a long way for open, honest dialogue. And, there are concerns that people raise that are valid. That’s the thing – home schooling means sacrificing some wonderful things that schools offer. But sending them to school means sacrificing the wonderful things that home schooling offers. It’s a choice at the end of the day, and you as the parents have the right and duty to make the decision that you feel fits your family best. It’s tough in the face of criticism, and in the face of our own fumbling along this road that is not popular with our own insecurities and doubts that pop up along the way. BUT, the journey is a wonderful experience for everyone! šŸ™‚ Take heart! You are doing a wonderful thing. šŸ™‚

  3. Nadene says:

    Thank you for sharing your story! I believe that we walk this journey by faith and it is “not cast in stone”, but the Lord knows what is best for the family and for each individual. As I journey along, many of my ideals and high expectations have been gently erased. I believe this is called grace. Blessings!

  4. Trys says:

    Thank you so much for sharing. Although homeschooling has it’s challenges I’m finding it one of the most rewarding “jobs” I’ve ever done. It is great to know that God doesn’t expect us to do something without also equipping us to do it. šŸ™‚

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