Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Why We Home School

There are many reasons why we home school our children. Many personal convictions that have brought us down this path of educating our children at home. We have seen and reaped many benefits from this choice, as have our children. We are in our second week of our sixth year of school. The following are questions my children have asked me during the last two weeks. Questions like these, are the reason why it makes this choice of ours so worth while.

"Mommy, can I teach William his ABC's?"

"Mommy, can I finish all of my literature for the week today? I just love this book and don't want to quit reading it."

"Mom, is it OK if I do two lessons in science everyday? You know how much I love science."

"Mom, did you know...." I hear this one over an over every day, as my children discover something new.

"Mommy, I am going to read out loud to William to help him learn his words, OK?"

I am so blessed to be able to be home with these children God has given me. I love to be able to watch them learn new things, to be there when they make a new discovery. I am so thankful that when they come across something that they have questions about, I am there to give the answer and to guide them into all truth. What a blessing it is to watch them truly enjoy learning. How amazing it is that they can pursue the things that they want to learn about, sometimes well before they would have been able to study it in another school setting. I love this calling. I love having this time with my children. I love teaching them. Though my days are sometimes long, and frustrating, I wouldn't have it any other way.

This is the first year that I have not had to go on yet another curriculum search. Last year we finally found our perfect match in all the major subjects. Most importantly the kids LOVE it. Two weeks after we got back from Uganda, they were asking "When are we going to start school again?"

We use Tapestry of Grace, and are in year two of this four year curriculum. We are going to be studying the middle ages and the reformation this fall. Knights and castles, what young boy wouldn't be excited? The reformation, I can't wait to dig into that one. We will end the year on early American history, which my eldest is dying to get to. All subjects except math, science and in depth language/vocabulary are covered in this awesome curriculum. Teaching Textbooks is our math curriculum of choice. As a mama that would rather have dental work that study math, this is a life saver. Apologia rounds out our science, and my children devour these books. I have to force them to slow down. Wordly Wise gives them the extra vocabulary they need. I cannot tell you how thankful I am to finally have curriculum that we all love and are excited about. Do you have any idea how satisfying it is to wake up in the morning and find your children already started on their schoolwork, just because they enjoy it? Thank you Jesus!


Janet said...

We LOVE Wordly Wise here too! I think it is SO good for the kids. YOur curriculum sounds great!