Saturday, July 7, 2012

Our Big Decision - To Homeschool

Really excited...and kinda freaking out. 

Which is why I've decided to resurrect this blog. I'm sure I'll have so much extra time (insert sarcastic voice there) but I'm feeling like I need a way to chronicle this momentous adventure in our lives. So, I'll do the best I can recording some of it.

My initial reason for choosing to home-school was because I didn't like my kindergartner's school last year. And he seemed to slip into the background of his busy class. When we didn't get into our school of choice this year, I was left with a choice: brave the chaos of the school he went to last year or doing schooling at home. You know what I chose.

After getting really scared and then starting to really look forward to it, and after reading A LOT about homeschooling and after praying and praying, and talking to my husband and my other children, I came to the decision to also home-school my soon-to-be 6th grader.

I feel really content about this choice for so many reasons. But mostly, I'm excited to teach my kids more about Jesus and how He fits into everything. Learning means nothing without Him because life means nothing without Him.

I still have moments where I think "AAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!! WHAT am I thinking????" But those moments usually occur when someone is screaming. or fighting  (yes, looking forward to some extra sibling rivalry around here this year...). or at night when I'm really tired.

I am not of the opinion that this is going to be easy, or that I am going to be a super mom, which I am totally not. But I do know that God is going to be the one to direct this venture and He is going to give me the strength I need. I am clinging to Psalm 37:4 - "Delight in the Lord and He will provide the desires of your heart."  I believe that my desire to home-school the kids has been planted by Him. And if He has given me that desire, then I can trust Him to follow through. And I am positive that I will need to come back to this post in the future and reread these words.

So, that is a summary of what has been happening my household. Now I have to go make some jewelry to pay for all the said home-schooling! More on that later.

Ta-ta for now!


Courtney said...

It's exciting! There's a lot about homeschooling that tempts me, and it's definitely not off the table for Maggie or any of the kids, actually. I think it'll be great, challenging, and you are up to the task. They are lucky to have such a loving teacher :)

Amanda Conley said...

Thanks Courtney! If you ever decided to home school we could hook up! (we should do that anyway btw. - maybe zoo sometime?)

Sarah Altemus said...

Oh my, i needed to read this...we are starting homeschooling this year and i am so excited and totally freaked out, too! good to know were not the only ones!!!

Amanda Conley said...

Oh, that is awesome, Sarah! And really exciting. We will have to pray for each other! ;)

Sarah Altemus said...

Yes! I will pray for you guys! I know it will be a good adventure!!!