In many ways, I’m still formulating my “why” of homeschool. Putting the conviction into words, articulating the rationale for it, is not as easy as one might think. When I do reflect on the “why” question, two verses immediately come to mind.
When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.–2 Tim. 1:5
And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. –Deut. 6:5-7
Throughout Scripture, children are described as the reward and inheritance of the Lord. They are a gift from God, a gift that comes with care instructions. The responsibility of training and educating children is clearly given to the parent. Some parents feel that responsibility can be handled through oversight of the ones they delegate to teach their children. My husband and I have felt that responsibility lies directly with us.
The Lord began directing our decision through a journey that began when the children were first born and I worked a part-time job at A Beka Book Publishing. That meant that my children would spend half a day at the nursery school provided by A Beka, a terrific ministry for children. I often thanked the Lord that, since I had to work, I had the luxury of such a wonderful place for my children.
Even though we never had a negative experience, we did feel the frustration that came with the inconsistency of having someone else training our children for those hours. Though godly care-givers, they naturally did not provide the exact instruction and correction we were providing at home. And at their young ages, we did see the difference from vacations, when I was able to cultivate a consistent atmosphere with them, to time at the nursery.
It was enough to convince us that, truly, my role was training them at home. In spite of my degree and my career experience, my most significant role was played in the training and nurturing of our God-given gifts, our children. This has naturally carried over into our desire to homeschool, especially since we feel very strongly about educating our little ones in the classical education style.
I’ve loved our new journey. Though every moment has not been blissfully sweet, every moment has been rewarding. And I am learning so much about my children–their developing personalities, strengths, and weaknesses–and about the Lord’s grace.
That said, I’m still formulating my bulleted list answer to this question. And as I develop the “why,” I really enjoy reading the answers others give, the journeys the Lord has brought them on. I’ve included a few links to my favorite stories. And if you know of other great stories, by all means post the link for us. Enjoy!