We began our journey into homeschooling in 1997, when my oldest son was 4 years old and I was starting to think about the next step in his life, which would be kindergarten. Little by little, God began to place things in my path that just made more sense than sending my children off every day, only to undo bad behavior and untruths, at the end of the day.
One day, while in the car, I heard Dr. James Dobson and Dr. Raymond Moore, discussing homeschooling and the benefits of keeping a child home, for as long as possible. This intrigued me. One of the reasons they gave was, that the longer a child was kept at home in the early stages of life, the more confident they would be; this due to not having to be "defined" by their peers, at such an early age. I wholeheartedly agreed with that statement!
As I listened that day, I could feel my heart opening up to embrace this concept of schooling my son at home. I knew two other moms who had recently pulled their older children out of public school, but had no idea what this new movement was really all about. However, since I trusted Dr. Dobson's judgement on most things and I was already apprehensive about sending my son off, I decided to dive in and do some research.
The first thing I did was go to the only two moms I knew who were homeschooling and ask for advice. They were both very gracious in lending me their favorite homeschooling books and curriculum catalogs, which was so exciting, and I began to study like there was a test at the end!
That was such a fun time of research and discovery for me! I basically read everything I could find on the subject and when the Winter Educator's Conference came around in Houston, I grabbed one of my friends and headed there to soak up even more information. I attended workshops, marveled at all the curriculum choices, and bought our first few homeschooling tools to take home.
And that is how our homeschooling journey began.
That was 17 years ago and our oldest child has now graduated from our homeschool (2011) and is currently serving as a worship leader and music producer around our area.
Homeschooling is not always the easy road, but it is definitely a blessed road!
If you're wondering about curriculum choices, schedules, or just curious about how we do things, you can click on the Homeschooling label on the right sidebar of the blog and read about those things there.
If you have any questions about homeschooling, I am always open for questions.
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