When your family doesn’t support your homeschooling decision…

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I’m veering away from my “Free Curriculum resources” series for now and just give you guys an update of sorts on our homeschooling.

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Ever since I learned about homeschooling, I’ve been “hooked” and fell in love with it. I researched blogs, attended conferences and joined Facebook groups to educate myself more about it and to meet people who have been homeschooling for quite a while and learn from them. After all the research, I am sure that homeschooling is the best educational option for our children in this season of our lives.

But then, not everyone is happy about this decision of ours. My (side) of the family is totally against it. They would constantly send me messages, comment on my post and when we visit, it sure will be a discussion on “why we should put the kids back to school”.

I don’t really blame them, as much as I can, I try to understand where they are coming from. They are for one, certified educators- teachers, professors, Deped Program Specialist and a former Director of Elementary Education.  So you see,  it’s pretty clear why they are against homeschooling.

But I know, the opposition they express is just a reflection of their concern for the future of our children and a somewhat unclear understanding of what homeschooling truly is. 

I just think they forgot one thing… And that is that,  I am also a teacher . I taught Physics, Chemistry and General Science before I started working from home 🙂

So if they trust the system so much, why can’t they trust ME, who’s a product of that very system, to educate my own children? 

Our decision to homeschool does not mean that we don’t trust the teachers, because my husband and I have high respect for teachers and educators; but it’s more about the educational system that we don’t want our children to be a part of. The model where children are put into groups and determines what needs to be learned at a certain age and if the children fail or fall behind (for a number of reasons);  they get labelled stupid, slow learner, etc.

We want to give our children the time to be kids, to learn at their own pace without pressure,  develop a love for learning and have the time to pursue and develop their interests and my husband and I believe that homeschooling is the best way to achieve this goal. 

I hope my side of the family will get to understand our educational choice for our children. I think my prayers are slowly being answered as I notice them liking some of my posts about our homeschooling journey, it’s a good sign right?

I just continuously pray to God for wisdom and for the strength to continue.

Another answered prayer for me is the upcoming homeschooling conference, which would definitely be a venue where I would feel encouraged, supported and loved. The conference theme is “From Roots to Wings” to be held this October 22, 2016 at the SMX Convention Center SM Aura Premier Taguig City. Click here for more details about the conference.

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Homeschooling is more than just an educational choice, it’s a lifestyle of learning together as a family. So whatever stage of homeschooling you are in, I do pray that you are surrounded by people who understand and support you (as homeschooling gets challenging at times too). Most importantly,  arm yourself with prayer, after all God is the one who chose you to be the parent of your children. God placed it in your heart to homeschool your children.

So if God is with you, who can be against you?

Happy homeschooling and see you at the homeschool conference!

 

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