Memories of those years came pouring in as I was going through my old books. I have missed those days very much. They are where so many of my happiest memories have come from. As a mother, I found great fulfillment in "sharing life with" and "teaching" my children. I enjoyed the fullness of having them around me, exploring all of God's amazing creation with them, and marveling as they learned to read, write, and express what they have learned.
I started Homeschooling because of the book "Home Style Teaching " by Raymond Moore. I had ordered it through a book club years ago, when Nathan was probably 5 and Luke 3, and the girls barely 1. I didn't really know what it was about when I ordered it, I just liked the sound of it. Little did I know it would change the course of our lives, our children's lives and our grandchildren's lives. I was enthralled with this idea of teaching our children at home. I had never heard of such a thing being done in modern history; but it all made sense to me. Steve liked it as well, and we both agreed that this what we wanted to do. It was never a big ordeal to us; isn't that funny… I mean this was really a radical idea in our world, at that time; but we didn't think of it like that; we just thought "Hey, lets do this". So we began the journey. We devoured everything we could get our hands on about the subject. We became book collectors (perhaps I should confess that I was already a book collector… but I became quite free in collecting more :) ). I gathered school supplies and art supplies, then I dove in. I definitely had days that I thought perhaps it was all too much for me, but after a little break, I would be renewed, refreshed, and enthusiastic to keep going. I learned to pray through homeschooling. I needed the Lord more than I ever had through those years; and He was with us. His grace strengthened us, blessed us, refreshed us, encouraged us and helped us.
There's no doubt in my mind that Homeschooling was/is a God inspired movement that had been revived from our History, and that we were very blessed to get to be a part of it. I would do the same thing all over again. On more than one occasion, our children have thanked us that they were home schooled. I marvel that they would say how glad they were that we did it; that is one of the rewards that I have always cherished. Let me say that we are not a perfect family; Steve and I are not perfect, our children are not perfect, we are human with flaws and troubles just like anyone (thank goodness for the grace of God), but I would like to encourage the future homeschool generations by saying that it is worth the work. The fruit of this labor is such good fruit. And if you will plant good seed, you can expect to bear good fruit. Here is some of the fruit you can expect to see in your children from the sacrifice that you make.
1. Their character will be strong
2. They will love to learn.
3. They will be able to defend their faith.
4. They will become good students.
5. They will become self learners.
6. They will be nice people.
7. They will be polite.
8. They will have good social skills and interact well with all age groups.
9. They will become hard workers.
10. They will be creative.
11. They will be self motivated.
12. They will be vessels of truth.
13. They will be safe.
14. They will be happy.
15. They will be capable.
16. They will be responsible.
17. They will be respectful.
18. They will be helpful.
19. They will be self disciplined
20. They will be able to think for themselves.
21. They will be kind.
22. They will be innovative.
23. They will not be controlled by peer pressure.
24. They will be problem solvers.
25. They will be blessed.
Remember that seeds do not usually sprout over night, and plants do not produce fruit before they have grown mature enough, some seed sprouts more quickly than others, and some plants mature sooner than others, but fruit only comes after a seed has been planted, nourished and watered…. then God gives the increase in the right time.