Public School versus Homeschool can be a heavy subject in our culture. People tend to jump right on the negativity train and bash mothers who choose to homeschool their children and immediately go right to “your children will be sheltered.” Everyone is so eager to judge someone else based on rumors instead of facts. Most people tend to think that homeschoolers are socially awkward, lazy and unintelligent. However, being someone who was homeschooled (from 3rd-11th grade) I have quite the opposite opinion. My mom incorporated our school into our daily life. If she needed to go grocery shopping, I had to help her stick to our budget by adding up our total and figuring out how much we had left to spend. We also took a few hours once a week to visit my great grandma who needed company.
I firmly believe in homeschooling and this is coming from someone who went to college to be an elementary school teacher. I believe that academics and textbooks play a role in education but I also believe that children need to see how it affects the real world.
I’ve started homeschooling my son already, it’s simple identifying colors, animals, shapes ect. It’s nothing fancy and I bet you are doing it with your children also. I for one, love seeing my son make connections between things. I mean, just the other day we were reading a book by Eric Carle that had a blue horse. After I identified that it was a blue horse, Michael picked up The Little Blue Truck and pointed out the horse in that book. That was a proud mommy moment. Moms who homeschool, get these proud mommy moments almost daily.
I don’t believe that everyone is cut out to be a homeschooling mom, just like not every mom is cut out to be a stay-at-home mom. I believe it’s a calling from God. It’s not an easy calling but it is something that I feel called to do. The Bible is even filled with encouraging verses for us homeschooling moms and I thought I would share some of them with you.
Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
Isaiah 41:13 – For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.”
Galatians 6:9 – And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”
Psalms 55:22 – Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; He will never permit the righteous to be moved.
Psalms127:3 – Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.
Deuteronomy 6:7 – You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
Colossians 3:32-24 – Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.
Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.
Psalms 32:8 – I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 – Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.