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As many of you know I have been considering home schooling my son, who will start Kindergarten next year, for some time now. I have become a part of many home school sites on the internet, put my name on the minds of everyone I met who home schools in the area, and all the while I have maintained an open mind as to what God’s will is for us concerning education.
I love my son more then I thought I could ever love another human I’ve hardly known, and that is why I think it’s best we are not together everyday all day. There is a private Christian school that my husband and I have looked at, but until recently it was never a good idea. The commute alone seemed harder then keeping our son home. After 2 weeks home with him I became aware that the private school is a full day, which lessens the pain of commuting somewhat. I immediately got excited with the realization that maybe he would be able to go somewhere that I believe is a safe, nurturing environment, and I could focus on being a good mom.
I emailed the school to request a packet, which I got and my mouth dropped to the floor when I saw the tuition cost. How in the world are we going to pay for that? I have looked at jobs in the area and there are none. My Pampered Chef business is always a good option if people have shows, which their not. So I have to come back to the reasons why I don’t want him in Public School.
I don’t trust the public school system. I don’t want J to become a number and if he becomes unmanageable he’ll get pushed aside. I don’t want his will to be broken because he chooses to hold his pencil different. I don’t want him worried about piles of homework when he’s 6, and timed tests that make him sick. Friends that are bad influences, and who have life experiences that I don’t want him worrying about right now. And the biggest reason is we’re Christians, and that’s not just some life insurance policy it’s our life and I don’t want him to be influenced by the world for 7 hours a day just to come home be awake for a few and hope to hear about grace and forgiveness and there is more to life then stuff. My charge is to make disciples of the nations, so why would I not start at home?
My heart is torn, and heavy even as I write this because I truly believed I had an answer to home school. It was sealed in my heart, but how do I be good at everything?
If anyone out there has any good advice or similar experiences please share them with me.