But I have lots of mom friends who homeschool their children and also have wonderful experiences.
I felt it was important to include them in the back-to-school series because I think that sometimes, those of us who send our children away from the home to school misunderstand why some families choose homeschooling. And also because in many ways, homeschool moms are preparing for back-to-school in the same ways we are.
So, I asked one of my friends who homeschools to guest post today on her experience as a homeschool mom. I wanted to know why she chose it and also what she is doing to prepare for back-to-school time.
Let me introduce you to my friend, Jenny!
Hi! My name is Jenny and I am a stay at home mom of two kids, ages 6 and 4. If you would have asked me a few years ago if I would consider homeschooling I would have said "no way!".
I think at the time I had a lot of misinformation about it. We sent our son to pre-school, but when it was time to sign him up for Kindergarten I had a feeling it wasn’t the right thing for him. We started praying about homeschooling and doing a lot of research. Now, here we are at the beginning of our second year.
Yes it is hard in some ways, and time consuming, but the rewards are great! We belong to a local homeschool group, which is wonderful. The kids take art, music, and gym classes. They make friends in the group and I am able to spend time with other homeschool mom’s.
When we prepare for the upcoming school year we start in the winter. I begin researching curriculum and going over what has worked well that year and what we possibly need to change.
We are really enjoying the journey we are on and we feel it is where God wants us to be. We know that homeschooling is not for every family or every child. We decided to take it one year at a time and pray that God would continue to guide our decisions.