I’m Not Popular =(

by Jesse on August 15, 2011

I have received so many emails about homeschooling, and I feel blessed to be able to encourage those of you who were struggling with the decision. I thought today I would touch on this topic a bit.

It is funny to think back on, really. Before Josh and I even had children we talked about how we would educate them. We both agreed that public education was not the route we wanted to take with the kids, and for a while we thought that meant we would put them into private school. What other options were there, ya know? Then the good Lord put a sweet new client in my {stylist} chair and we became fast friends. She was homeschooling her two girls. I didn’t really think anything of that at the time.

Then we started a family…

All of those “How do we”, “What do we” questions became very relevant. One day while my  friend was in the shop we were talking about school options and she offered me a tape to listen to. It was of a man who helped homeschool his children along with his wife. My husband at this time was still skeptical. It was certainly the opposite of what every one else does. He was open to the idea, but we still weren’t sure. So we sat down together and listened to this tape she lent us. It was life changing! We knew in our hearts that we were suppose to homeschool. With that said, we still had so many moments of “are we doing the right thing?” Many times we thought we would go ahead and send them to school. I think Rhett was 3, and I wanted to start working with him. Just tracing letters and writing his name. Things like that. I was having such anxiety about if I would be able to give him what he needed to learn. Enter two other blessings…

A mother of 6, I met on the net, who was homeschooling. Her piece of advice is something that really put my mind at ease. “They don’t have to know it all at once.” I know that sounds so simple, but it really set my mind at ease. Learning is a gradual process. Something you build upon with consistency. Each day get in a little routine.

The other blessing was a business associate of my husband who put the perfect curriculum for our family in front of us. The kids enjoy it, they look forward to getting on the computer.

It doesn’t have to be expensive.

It doesn’t have to be a chore.

It can be a dual learning experience.

On occasion I will make Rhett’s writing assignments a bible verse. This way he is learning about God and practicing his handwriting. I truly love homeschooling my children. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. I still get the question, “Are you going to school them all the way through High school?” My answer to that is that, I am doing in my heart what I feel is right, now. If at some point that changes I will cross that bridge when I get there.

I want you to know that this is not a popular decision with either of our families. Hence the title of the post. They think we are nutty. That the kids will some how be weird and unsocial because they don’t go to school. I get a kick out of that! Sick I know. =) But really, because my kids don’t go and sit in a room all day means that they will somehow be unsocial is just funny to me.  The options for homeschoolers today are so broad. So many groups that do just about anything under the sun. Club sports that offer athletics.

While not a popular decision with the relatives, who are still waiting for us to come to our senses and put the kids in school, it is the right one for us. We as homeschoolers are still in the pioneering stage of this concept of learning. It still has a stigma attached. The world is a changing though, in so many ways. Jobs are changing. Needs of companies are also changing, thus the need for a new way of learning. My husband’s company does SEO and Mobile Marketing. How great that we can incorporate those things into our homeschool agenda.

I hope that you will be encouraged today by this post. That if you know it is right in your heart of hearts for your family to homeschool, it doesn’t matter what any one else thinks or says about that. It is what is right for your family. The possibilities are endless.

xx

{I mean no disrespect to those who chose not to homeschool. I simply want to share my story.}

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Edwina RollerNo Gravatar August 15, 2011 at 10:40 pm

Hey Jesse!
Enjoyed your post. Totally support you and am praying for you on this adventure (for learning should be a grand adventure)! Please know if you ever need any science equipment, I can help you out. You’re a great mom!
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JesseNo Gravatar August 15, 2011 at 11:29 pm

Thanks Edwina! I really appreciate that! =)

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Alana of Taylor Made HomeNo Gravatar August 16, 2011 at 5:56 am

I think it’s wonderful that you homeschool those sweet children of yours. I’m still debating over what to do once our little one begins school. I have a question for you: how do you balance business ownership with homeschooling? I want to start a business to help with family finances but I just don’t see how I could homeschool too…help!

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JesseNo Gravatar August 16, 2011 at 10:10 am

Alana, I think it is all about being organized. Right now I work 2 days a week. The wonderful thing about homeschool is that you can tailor it to your needs. As long as you are consistent in your efforts you can do whatever schedule you need to.

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LindsayNo Gravatar August 16, 2011 at 7:35 am

This is beautiful! I admire you in so many ways my friend!

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Alice HNo Gravatar August 16, 2011 at 9:14 am

I would love to be able to be a stay at home mother and homeschool my children. You are right, they have so many opportunities to socialize. Like sports, church, etc. They don’t even really get to “socialize” in school anyways.

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JesseNo Gravatar August 16, 2011 at 10:10 am

You are so right! =)

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KimNo Gravatar August 16, 2011 at 9:29 am

You made me cry!!! You inspire me with all of your creative ideas that you incorporate in the kids’ education. We were the pioneers in our families too (sorry to say, they still think we are looney!) but we do not regret one decision we have made regarding the education of our daughters. Natalie is almost 20 and Ally will graduate from home education in May, where did that time go?

Keep seeking the LORD with all of your heart and He WILL direct your paths. Love you and your precious family!

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JesseNo Gravatar August 16, 2011 at 10:12 am

Time goes too fast Kim!
What a blessing you are in my life! Thank you for all your encouragement!
xx

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BethanyNo Gravatar August 16, 2011 at 9:47 am

This is so great.
My husband and I plan to homeschool our kids when we have them. ;) I find it so encouraging that you are sticking to your heart even though there is not support from family. Boy, can I relate to that. I know that our decision will not be the popular one from some of our family members. But you gotta do what’s best for your family! So encouraged by you :) Keep writing!

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JesseNo Gravatar August 16, 2011 at 10:18 am

Bethany, I am so excited for you! It is a decision that you will never regret. The sacrifices are few compared to the rewards!
xx

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TheBargainBabeNo Gravatar August 16, 2011 at 11:00 am

We are lucky right now to have a wonderful public school for our elementary aged child.

However, I can certainly relate to you on being unpopular within a family. There are times that no one understands or approves of what my husband and I decide. I feel for you there. It can be hard and hurtful. But we all have to do what is right for OUR family at THIS time…whether or not the onlookers agree.

Best of luck to you with homeschooling this year. be sure to do something nice for yourself at teacher appreciation week. :)

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BromeliadNo Gravatar August 16, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Honestly, I used to think home schoolers were a little weird but the kids seem to turn out great. It’s really private tutoring – preferable to a classroom any day.

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sharstinNo Gravatar August 16, 2011 at 2:28 pm

great post–i think it is so fantastic that you homeschool your babes.-No matter what anyone says, it works for you and your family, and that is all that matters:) you are one amazing momma~

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Michelle FraserNo Gravatar August 16, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Jesse,
This piece is beautiful and really helped me understand more about home schooling. While we are on the private school track, I still believe in finding the method that fits perfectly for you and your family. If Rhett is any indication of what homeschooling can create… you are doing just right! He is a super-sweet, joyful and intelligent boy – lots to be proud of!
Michelle

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JoiNo Gravatar August 16, 2011 at 9:08 pm

You do what’s right for your family! As a public school teacher myself, I see the good and bad of what we offer. I appreciate the job you’re doing! : )

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nikkiNo Gravatar August 17, 2011 at 12:00 pm

It’s okay to not be popular. We aren’t either. I’m really excited about homeschooling Cade this year.

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FRECKLES CHICKNo Gravatar August 31, 2011 at 9:01 am

The stigma associated w/ homeschooling is so ignorant. You do what’s right for your family & others should respect that. I don’t know them in real life, but it’s evident that your kiddos are educated, well-adjusted, & beautiful inside & out.

You’re one strong mama, my friend. I admire that immensely.

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