Friday, September 18, 2009
Step of Faith: Testing the waters of Homeschooling
I feel like I've entered an entirely new culture. We recently decided to take the step of faith into the world of homeschooling and it didn't take long for me to feel in over my head in a foreign land. My first question: "Where is the tour guide?"
When my husband and I were "on the fence" about several schooling options for our 4 year old daughter, we toured a few schools and attended a Christian Homeschooling Conference. By the end of the conference, my mind (and heart) had no doubt that God had pointed us in the direction of homeschooling. Granted, I don't feel like this is the only way to educate my children, but that I need to give it my best effort before considering any other options.
This year is kind of a trial run for us. September is month #1 and I'm already feeling incredibly challenged. I wanted to keep it simple and bought one weekly planning book. It's challenging (for me & my daughter) to transition from being the Mother who told her daughter every picture she ever drew was beautiful to now correcting and instructing her from a teacher's perspective. We've both felt the highs and lows over these last three short weeks. It's exhilarating to watch her little mind grow and see her satisfaction as she progresses.
I look forward to documenting and sharing more about our journey as a rookie homeschooling family. Hopefully the lessons we learn and share here will benefit others following in our footsteps.
What resources would you recommend for a Mother preparing to homeschool? Have you considered homeschooling yourself?