When many moms (and dads, too) consider homeschooling and start to research it, it can feel really overwhelming. I definitely felt like it was an arduous beast to tackle. My husband and I never planned or even thought about homeschooling. We aren’t one of those families that knew from their child’s conception that they would be the educators of their little one from birth until they left the house. Actually, I never even thought I would ever, could ever, homeschool.
So how did we get on this journey?
One day, while we were going through making some tough decisions for my then 5th and 7th grade boys, I just felt God laying it on my heart to pull them out of pubic school and teach them at home. After I felt God poking at me for a while (longer than I’d like to admit), I brought the subject up to my husband. I thought he would think I was crazy because I am such an introvert and certainly not the most patient person in the world, but to my surprise he agreed that it would be the best move.
I had no idea where to go from there. I thought “Am I allowed to just take them home from school and not bring them back?” “Am I smart enough to teach my children?” “Am I patient enough to homeschool?” “What do I do about curriculum?”.
The answer, I’ve learned, is YES! You are allowed to just take your kids home and never bring them back (although each state does have it’s own laws and hoops to jump through. Check out HSLDA for your state’s laws.). I also realized that YES… I, and pretty much every other parent out there, am perfectly capable of educating my own children. Where can I find curriculum? Well do a quick search on Google you’ll find thousands of different options.
(And yes, I did skip over the patient part. I’m a work in progress in that regard.)
What I’m getting at here is that whether you’ve planned to homeschool for years or it just kind of drops in your lap, YOU CAN DO THIS!
What about you? Are you a planned homeschooler or a dropped-in-my-lapper homeschooler? Leave me a comment and let me know!