I have always loved to learn.
I come from teachers. My mother, father and aunt are retired teachers. My cousin is a teacher. I considered teaching, but chose a different path. However, my greatest teacher was my grandmother, who only had an 8th grade education. She taught me life. I spent summers on her farm, and she was my only babysitter growing up. She taught me to read when I was 2 or 3. She let me draw as many pictures as she could hang on her refrigerator. My little eyes observed her as she hung laundry, snapped beans, cooked, quilted and just enjoyed the breeze outside. She taught me without saying a word. She brought me alongside her.
I want my kids to have that opportunity, and I want it to be with me.
I went to public school, and I had a good experience. I was lucky to have some wonderful teachers who poured infinite wisdom and inspiration into my life. But the memories I hold most dear didn’t happen within the walls where I spent the majority of my youth. I want to give my children time to explore those moments. If my daughter loves writing and is desperate to finish a paragraph as the bell rings, I don’t want her to have to put her notebook away and move on to a a class she may not be as excited about. If she wants to spend a week learning every possible fact about polar bears, I want to encourage that.
I want her to love learning.
I want her to live learning.
Children are only young once, and in this culture we are pushing them to be older younger. I want to savor every second. Our older girls were 5 and 8 when we adopted them. Do you know how much of their childhood we missed? I don’t want to miss any more moments.
Also, I really like my kids. I enjoy their company.
Where we are, Kindergarten is mandatory and it is a full school day. I’ll be honest, and admit one selfish reason for homeschooling: I really can’t imagine being away from my little one that long. I cannot imagine her in the care of someone I didn’t choose and whose values and beliefs I am not aware of. Do I want to shelter my child? Absolutely not. Do I want to be her primary influence? Yes. Is that possible if she’s at public school? I’m sure it is. But I’m not sure that is good enough for me. I want to expose her to what is age appropriate and nothing more. I don’t want a school curriculum to teach her sex education before she’s prepared. I don’t want them teaching her parts of science we do not believe are correct. At some point we will obviously tell her all the theories out there and let her explore what is true in her own heart, but I want her to be able to question and research and not have to answer theories as fact on a standardized test.
I also have strong feelings about growing girls and the “pink culture.” I want her to feel ok playing with Hot Wheels and not be told those are for boys. I want her to be able to figure out who she is without the world taking more and more innocence away at a younger age. Do I want her to socialize? Of course. But I want her to have appropriate socialization with friends of all ages.
I want to give her a firm foundation. And I don’t feel like I’ve had enough time to do that yet.
I want to focus on character as much as academics. I want to show her why we do things the way we do them. I want to give her a bigger worldview without compromising our Christ-centered beliefs.
I want to be there.
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6