I want to take a few moments to introduce myself and tell you how I wound up here. My name is Carla, I am 30(something) years old, a Christian, wife, writer, and homeschooling mother of one wild and crazy four year old son. I gave my life to Christ in 1991, at age 12. I am of the Baptist faith and a member of the church where my son and I attend regularly. I started teaching preschool Bible study at age 15 and have worked with children in church off/on ever since. I currently volunteer in our church’s WOM crochet ministry, Sunday school program, & AWANA Cubbies.
Background: I grew up in a small town in Southeastern Oklahoma, and where I come from, homeschooling is done, but rarely. A few people in my high school were schooled at home until the 9th grade, at which point, and for whatever reason, their parents decided to place them into the public school system. I always thought it was fascinating that these people seemed to be of above average intelligence, they had excellent manners, maintained high grade point averages, and were very pleasant to be around, although most had a rather quiet demeanor–almost shy until you got to know them. In the back of my mind, I can now say that I also thought it was very strange that someone would choose to keep their child at home.
What was “homeschooling”? How did you teach your child algebra, biology, and science without having all the teachers and the projects that we did at school every day? Most importantly, why would parents not want their kid to go to school and be with other kids? I thought that homeschooling must be very boring indeed.
First of all, homeschooling is a calling. It is not something that you just decide is a good idea or jump on the bandwagon because “everyone else is doing it”. As I just mentioned, I thought people who chose to do this were a bit on the crazy side. When I first began to feel the tug at my heart that I knew was from God, I was extremely puzzled. I never pictured myself as a homeschooling Mom. I pictured soccer Mom, baseball Mom, football Mom, or even chess club Mom, but never had I considered being my child’s full-time teacher throughout his school years. For a long time I went back and forth with God about this, before I even considered bringing it up to Dad. At that point, we went through the same conversations I’d already had with God and with several people I know who homeschool their own children. We stepped back and took a good look at our situation, and our child. That was the most important step we ever took! We soon found ourselves saying something that shocked us both: “We are going to homeschool our child”.
Considering my earlier reservations, you may be wondering what exactly led to this decision. Well, it was simple, when I felt God’s call, I did what a lot of people do, I made excuses, tried to figure out ways that this could not possibly work, and even tried to ignore it for a while when hubby was dead set against it. The more I tried to ignore it, the more people He placed in my path who were on their own homeshooling journey. They were constantly popping up–at church, online, even strangers in the store found a way to work it into the conversation! I began to share these messages with Dad and eventually we could not ignore the fact that we were being called to do this. So here we are, taking this trip with so many others, and looking forward to every moment of bliss, and yes, even frustration that comes along with it!
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