Our Teaching Home

February 12th, 2013 posted by Lisa Easterling

I read with great interest an article in USA Today entitled “Hidden Virtues In Home Schooling Spur Growth”. The author, William R. Mattox, Jr. joked about asking Barbara Mandrell to release a new song called “I Was Home Schooling When Home Schooling Wasn’t Cool”. I had to laugh as I read that he has been home schooling all of seven years. I wonder what kind of an old-timer that makes me…? Some of the points of his article got me thinking about our humble home school beginnings eleven years ago. Of course, we dealt with the first question on everyone’s mind…”What about socialization?” I laugh about it now, because we almost never hear that one any more. Probably because with home educated students in the US numbering around one million, most people’s kids have contact with home schoolers through a ball team, scout troupe, club, cheerleading squad, band, co-op, dance class, or youth group. The general attitude toward home education has changed dramatically over the past eleven years. We no longer hear the frequent questions like, “Why aren’t your kids in school?” or “Are you ALL sick?” I have always taught my children to be polite when presented with such questions, though. The last thing I want is for my three-year-old to say something like, “How come you bein’ nosy?” I explain to them that most people are just truly curious, and as time passes and folks get more used to it, they won’t need to ask. I figure if we are doing what we feel called to do, we have nothing to hide and nothing to boast.

OUR TEACHING HOME

The Father has blessed me with many things, And one of the dearest to me Is the gift of helping His children To be all that God wants them to be. Our family may seem a bit different When compared to the norms of today, But in looking at Jesus’s example, I believe that it should be that way. Our children are really just children, Not unlike many others you know, With laughter and tears, good times and bad, Just living and learning to grow. Their schoolroom is often our kitchen, And we don’t own a big yellow bus. There are no goodbyes every morning at eight For our home brings the teaching to us. Indeed, our Lord has commanded That we teach His children His way, And so we are striving to impress upon them His statutes and precepts each day. For I want what they learn to stay with them Wherever they one day might roam. That’s why, my friend, you will find me Teaching my children at home. I have friends wo have made other choices For the very same reasons I’ve shared. And the love that they feel for their children Is truly no less when compared. For the task of parents is choosing The way that is best for their own, And it surely will be our devotion Shining through when our children are grown.

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