Four years ago, I sat talking with a friend who was considering the choice between homeschooling and school. My friend was a Christian who had married a Christian homeschooler. In her estimation, her husband was unusually quiet. This, she attributed to homeschooling in part.
Homeschooling, for me, was a great educational choice. My parents had homeschooled me on the assumption that I would grow up to be a base earner as my education would not be good because (they assumed), schools had the best education. But, for my parents, godliness was more important and they could see we were being led astray by our (Christian!) school’s bad influences (mainly by peers). My parents decided to homeschool me and my two brothers.
My brothers and I, far from turning into check-out chicks and ditch-diggers, went on to study Architecture, Law and Medicine. Our social life was also a success with people regularly commenting on how ‘normal’ we were for homeschoolers. Most importantly, my brothers and I are all walking with Christ strongly. While this can only be attributed to the grace of God, I believe God uses our godly choices to carry out his purposes. In our case, He used homeschooling to grow our godly relationship with Him as our parents put in plenty of effort with our Christian education.
Dad and Mum were also content with their decision to homeschool; Mum regularly expressed her relief at how easy homeschooling was compared to school, “I just give them the books and they do the work – so easy!” No rush to get up in the morning and no need to fight the afternoon traffic coming home.
I wanted my friend who was considering homeschooling to know all these things. So I put them down in a document. This document, over four years, has grown and grown and has become a book on Christian homeschooling. I spent 4 years trying to write a book that would encourage friends like mine to homeschool.
You may ask what happened to my friend? Well, after having four children, she has decided to homeschool. I am so thankful she has taken this pathway and pray her efforts will be rewarded.