This week’s Blog Cruise topic is “Large Family Homeschooling.” Since we are a homeschool family of just one child, I am sharing the wisdom of another homeschool mom this week!
I would like to introduce you all to my friend, Angela. She and I have been online friends for about 7 years. As a mom of 6, I knew she would be the perfect person to write this guest article for me. I know you will be blessed by her heart. Thanks, Ang!
If anyone has reason to despair, I’m the one. If anyone should have been disqualified to homeschool a family of 6 children, I’m that gal. You see, while I do have a good education under my belt, I am rather hindered by Adult ADHD. I am extremely disorganized and forgetful, and I can be quite a pushover. As you might imagine, those qualities don’t mesh well with keeping a large brood of kids on task, especially when – as a pushover – I’ve allowed them to get addicted to TV, video games and – as a forgetful soul – I’ve repeatedly failed to keep tabs on whether or not they’re doing their work correctly. (Take it from me, you don’twant to wait until they finish a whole chapter of math before checking their workbooks. My poor children!) Add in a new baby every other year, a few family moves to a new state, and a whole heap of financial stress—accompanied by a dose of depression and the drowning of sorrows in Facebook—and you have a recipe for disaster.
First of all, my children have had the opportunity to grow “in the admonition of the Lord” in far greater chunks of time than ever would have been possible if they were away from me all day. For me, that is by far the most tremendous benefit of homeschooling. I love the fact that my kids don’t have to constantly ward off the bombardment of humanistic philosophies during their school day. Instead, they spend hours talking to me about who the one true God is and how He has made a way for us to be reconciled to himself through his Son, Christ Jesus. Likewise, we’ve been able to stop in the middle of many lessons when an issue arises—either from the content of their studies or from a spiritual question that’s been plaguing one of them or from a sibling squabble—and we’ve examined that issue in light of God’s Word, right then and there. Talk about teachable moments!
The last advantage I want to mention is having the opportunity to work together with our children to advance God’s kingdom. We have made it a priority to be mission-minded as a family, no matter where we’re living or how tight our own finances are. For example, though many Americans would view our family as needy and poor, we’ve made a point, nonetheless, of taking food, clothing, toys, and furniture to other families in far greater need than ours. When our kids could have been otherwise tempted to feel sorry for themselves, instead, they have seen firsthand that there’s always someone who is suffering even more than we are. And no matter how little we think we have, we still have more than plenty to share. It has been a blessing to all of us when we have fellowshipped and prayed with the “least of these,” meeting some of their physical, spiritual, emotional, and relational needs with just a simple visit.
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