This is our seventeenth year of homeschooling. When we first decided to homeschool our children, we were living in a small town in New Mexico that had a really big problem with gangs. Of course we didn’t want our children to get caught in any crossfire, and we honestly couldn’t figure out how any teacher could effectively educate any children with gang members in the classroom. However, we couldn’t afford private school, and didn’t really know what our alternatives might be.
But God had great plans for us! Some kind soul, we don’t know who, had a copy of The Teaching Home Magazine sent to us. I devoured it, cover to cover, then shared what I had learned with Gaylon. He was surprised that I had ever considered NOT homeschooling our kids! So, we prayerfully agreed to homeschool. I had no idea what I was doing,(and trust me, after seventeen years I sometimes still wonder what I’m doing!) but Gaylon had confidence in me, and so I just kept praying that the Lord would show us which curriculum to buy, and what direction to take. And He has. Year after year, and even day after day!
Homeschooling is not always easy, but it is ALWAYS worth the effort. We’ve had countless people tell us “Oh, I’d never have the time for that.” “I’m not smart enough to homeschool my kids.” “How can you afford not to work?” “I couldn’t stand being with my kids all day! I’d go nuts!” and worst of all, “My kids would never listen to me if I tried to teach them.” Well, we make the time. And you don’t have to be smart, just committed. While we won’t be featured on “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” anytime soon, what we’ve got invested in our kids pays dividends that no financial investment could ever rival.
(For details on Our Approach, Curriculum and Socialization, please see the links under the “Homeschooling” tab at the top of this blog.)