Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Why We Homeschool Our Boys

These are my boys. From left to right, they are Curtis (5), Josh (11), and Matthew (7). I always new from a very young age that I wanted to be a mom. In kindergarten, when we were asked what we wanted to be when we grew up, I said "a mommy." In high school, when we filled out a form about our future college plans, I didn't fill mine out because one doesn't need a college degree to be a stay-at-home mom.

But what I didn't know I was going to do was homeschool them. Indeed, I didn't even know homeschooling was an actual thing. I just thought it was what people in the 1800s did because there were no schools in the area. I didn't know one could teach one's children at home. Had I known that, I would've begged my parents to homeschool me. I was bullied in school.

Then, one day, I met someone that had been homeschooled. I didn't understand and had her explain it to me. My eyes were opened to this totally new concept. After that, I read as much as I could about homeschooling. I added this to the short list of things I wanted to do once I was married.

Shortly after this, I began dating the man that would become my husband. We didn't date long; 5 months after we met, he asked me to marry him. I accepted. When you know God brought you together, there's no reason to wait. Anyway, before the engagement, we talked about our ideals for our future spouses. And to my surprise, he said he wanted a woman that would be willing to be a housewife and would want to homeschool any future kids we may have! :o

In the beginning, we sent Josh to kindergarten and first grade, because we didn't have the money that homeschooling required. Then, while he was in first grade, I was researching homeschooling some more, and I found out one could homeschool almost for free! :o So we pulled him out of school a month after second grade started, and he's been homeschooled ever since. Matthew and Curtis have been homeschooled since kindergarten.

Our boys are doing really well. We can control what they learn, we know who their friends are, and they have so many more opportunities here at home than they would sitting in a classroom all day. We definitely feel we made the best choice. It's definitely not always easy, but with God's help, we can do anything!

Photo Credit: Chasity Ann Photography