One day while picking up my two older boys at the private Christian school they attended, the teacher (also principle and pastors wife) met me at the door. She told me that she had an issue with my oldest son. I was shocked because he was the quiet, calm, did as he was told, son. (Not that the younger one was not, he was just more of the 'class clown'.) She began to explain how he sat in her classroom all day and didn't do any of his work for that day. On the way home I questioned my son about this issue. Nothing was said to him until right before I got there. At first I was irritated but I began to think 'I pay really good money for the boys to attend that school. How is it that she was in the same room all day with him and didn't notice him not doing his work?' (Especially when there was only about 20 children in that room.) The more I pondered this, the more irritated I became. The school uses aBeka curriculum. I've seen the curriculum and thought to myself that I could teach this to my boys. I could teach them the same material they were learning at this expensive private school. (Which money wasn't the issue at this point. Remember, I was called by the Lord to homeschool so I believe this was his way of opening my eyes.)
I started to research homeschooling. I was shocked to see that there were several homeschool groups right here in my county! Really? Where were they all? lol. I've never noticed. I heard that the local homeschool group was holding a meeting about homeschooling, so I decided to go. I was a fish out of water. Do people really do this, educate their own children at home? They get to spend all day, everyday with their children? Where do I start? I don't need a degree? What would my husband think? How in the world do they organize, give grades, chose curricula? I had so many questions. I tried to ask a few, but again, I was a fish out of water and felt so overwhelmed.
After the meeting I went home and told my husband all about what I found out. I then looked up the Florida homeschooling laws, (we lived in FL at the time), discussed and went over it with my husband. He was ok with me doing this, so I then joined HSLDA (Homeschool Legal Defense Association), gave the private school and county Notice of Intent, and I found a mentor. :)
So some are called to homeschool, some are just not happy with the public school statistics, and some want to be with their kids. For whatever reason, it's good to know that we as parents have the right to decide what kind of education our children receive. Because the government is funding our public schools, we as parents have less and less control and say on how they are run and what they are teaching the next generation. I used to say that I am not anti-pubic school, but I feel my opinion shifting. They are not getting better. Our safety for our public school children is diminishing as well. I have great concern for our public schools here in America. Do I think homeschooling is for everyone? No. But if you aren't happy with the education your child is receiving, you can do something about it. You do have choices. YOU are responsible for your child's education, not the government. YOU should decide what kind of education they should receive. Pray about it. Ask God to show you the answer and help you decide what educational path you should take for your family.