I am grateful for the opportunity God gave me to homeschool my son, Emmanuel, and my daughter, Ziedite. I wasn’t an expert
at being a teacher when I started out, but it was a good reminder that God gives the skills to those who He calls and who obey His calling.
There have been days where I have felt I wanted to tear my hair out. I was learning so much about homeschooling and unschooling and how amazing these
styles of education are, but yet my kids weren’t seeing the benefits of this and wanted to go to public schooling. They wanted to trade their freedom to simply do what everyone else was doing. I would get so frustrated and angry until finally I surrendered
and realized I was just their guide. They had to learn to make their own choices and decide on their own what was the best way for them to be educated. I had to just give them a good foundation, guided by the Lord.
Once I surrendered to God, my son, who had been
in public high school for two years, realized that homeschooling really was a better lifestyle, so he came back. He followed the musical desires that God has put into his heart and learned to play the guitar on his own. He volunteered his time in yearbook
committee at the Community Homeschool Education Program, west location, where he had done 8th grade since we figured that would be a great transition program into public high school because they gave him the books to follow. His time was his own and he had
to learn to manage it well, which is a great skill to have in life. He was happy to graduate six months ahead of the 2017 graduates. His high school diploma, which better-paying jobs require, was in his pocket. God continues to guide him and teach him new
skills daily, and I’ve learned to just relax and just be there if he needs me. Through Him, I realized first-hand that kids love to learn, as long as they are not forced to learn. We are actually all that way. Unfortunately, so much
emphasis is put on grades in school that when people think of learning outside of a school setting, they run from it. We can teach our kids in homeschool environments that it’s learning that’s important, not the grades. It’s not a high school or university diploma that says how smart we are…. though society requires these…. It’s what they truly have learned, and what they will continue to learn throughout their lifetime
that is most important. Right now he actually chose to take improv classes… He researched where to learn and pays his way with his allowance.
My daughter will be hitting a cross-road soon. She will be graduating from 8th grade in June from the Community Homeschool Education Program, where she
has made some good friends, and she is not sure what she wants to do. She is faced with choices. All we can do is pray that God will help her make the best decision. Prayer for wisdom is the best way to go about these hard decisions. She is at an age where she needs to decide if homeschooling is for her, or if she wants to go into a system that will take away her freedom of time. Currently,
she keeps up with her classes at appointed times during the week - we do her work together, though sometimes reluctantly. She also has no stress about homework and attends Kidnastics and loves it! She is so happy to be there and has recently gone into Level
3 there. She is also in ballet class on Fridays since she loves dancing. I am not sure if she will have the time to pursue her love for dancing and tumbling if she goes into the public school system…. I don’t want her to feel overwhelmed with
all the homework she will be given and the lack of time she will have to hang out with friends and to pursue tumbling and dancing, but will she be able to keep up with her classes if she is in this environment? I know there are some good lessons she will learn
if she decides to be in the public school system, at least for some time, but at the same time, I am not sure if this is the best choice for her. I am just leaving it all in God’s hands. He knows what is best for her and I know that He will guide her.
She has to make her own choices, learning from her mistakes. We all do! I surrendered her into God’s hands.