years down and fourteen to go, I am
aching to change the routine.
In my quest for experience, excellence, and options mixed with an ease of
my hands-on duties as a homeschooling
mother, we’ve looked at other schooling opportunities. We’ve considered the
small country schools in our small country district. We’ve looked into the local
Christian schools too. My heart hasn’t
been able to go there, though, because
with one homeschool graduate and another graduating next month, I see the
finish line and what it has produced:
freedom to learn in a setting that isn’t an
institution, young adults who think and
reason outside of the status quo, time
to pursue interests and skills outside of
academia, and flexibility to come and go
as a family without regard to the school
system’s schedule. In fact, those are many
of the reasons we chose to homeschool in
the first place.
And so now, when I am finding such
pleasure and joy using the gifts God has
given me in other areas, such as writing—when the time to commit to things
outside of the homeschool plate that is
my responsibility is at a premium—now
. . . God is going to
bless this crazy thing
not because I am so
very good at it but
simply because it’s
where He wants my
kids to be right now.
is the time to pour grace out over my
children, my husband, and myself.
Practically, that means we take advan-
tage of what’s online and love the classes
our older kids have been challenged by
with online schools such as Biola Tor-
rey Academy and Patrick Henry College.
We’ve done both Classical Conversations
and courses for high schoolers at the lo-
cal junior college, and we have been in-
volved in a co-op. These varied classroom
settings and experiences have been en-
couraging and positive; they have moved
us closer to our goal of raising educated
kids grounded in the Gospel. They also
require our kids to be academically ac-
countable to someone else, and that’s
good for both them and me.
Brighten Up Your Spring Learning!