I always knew I wanted to Home-school. I love spending time with my children and watching them learn. Many days, I learn along with them. But, even more than that, I feel I am called to teach my children at home.
In today’s world, women are made to feel as if they are somehow less important if they stay home and do not have a career. But staying home with your children is a sacrifice to Yah that will reap many blessings in future years.
We read in Yahweh’s Word scriptures like Titus 2: 4-5 that say older women should teach the younger women to be sober, to love their husbands and children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, kind, and obedient to their husbands so that the word of Yahweh will not be blasphemed. Deuteronomy 6:7 reads, “And thou shall teach them (Yahweh’s laws) diligently unto thy children, and thou shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the ways and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.” After reading these Scriptures and others like them, I know that the decision to homeschool our children is the right choice.
There are many benefits in homeschooling. One is that you can pick your own curriculum from a faith-based viewpoint. You can start your day in Yahweh’s Word and proceed with books that continue to ground your child’s faith. Another advantage is that you can also work at your child’s own pace. My favorite homeschooling benefit is that you can surround your child with peers who have good morals. If you see a behavior that is not kind or uplifting you can deal with it immediately.
I am not a perfect homeschool mom. Some days I have to ask my children’s forgiveness for not being patient enough. Last year I even broke down crying to my husband, telling him that it was just too hard.
But, despite these challenges, I really do love homeschooling and am looking forward to this next year. There will be days when we feel overwhelmed, but there will be so many more days that I will see my children build a science project they are proud of, read their first book, memorize scriptures, help at a food shelter, write a poem, the list goes on and on…
In closing I would like to add that, for our family homeschooling is best, but it may not be for everyone. Whether you send your children to public or private schools or homeschool, nothing will influence your children’s desire to follow Yahshua more than a family who studies together and lives their daily lives according to the Bible.
So whatever your choice is…have a blessed school year.
by: Jessica Mansager