As the values of our country change, many parents are beginning to wonder if homeschooling is the better route for their family.
One thing is certain, homeschooling is not for everyone. Though many are intrigued by the idea of teaching their children in the safety of their own homes. However, they’re just not sure how to begin the at-home education journey.
We recently caught up with Maire Anderson during an exclusive audio interview inside Kirk Cameron’s The Campfire. Marie is a contributor for TheCourage and The Campfire, and she has her own Christian parenting and family blog, Elihu’s Corner. She also chose to h0meschool her children. She didn’t originally picture herself as someone who would ever consider homeschooling, though that soon changed.
We asked Marie to share her decision-making process with those that might be considering teaching their children from home.
She shares that homeschooling was never on her radar, especially because she was raised in a public school setting. And while Marie admits that her schooling was very “rough”, she says, “The roughness of it helped me be stronger.”
So, why did her perspective change? Marie’s situation was unique in that her husband was law enforcement officer in a small town. When she realized her child might be attending school with children of parents that her husband arrested, she began to consider homeschooling as a more realistic and safe choice.
“I really didn’t feel equipped,” Marie admits. “But I was encouraged by other moms that homeschooled that I could do it!”
Marie’s next step was research. She began researching all of the curriculums and was pleased to find that one particular curriculum that allowed her to “open and go”.
If you’re considering homeschooling, Marie offers a few steps to take as you make this decision.
“Number one, you need to pray about it.” She encourages the listeners to always take petitions to God.
She then says you need to start researching a support group in your community. She says, “You really need that support network, even if it’s one other mom. If you don’t, it’s like trying to be a Christian with no church.”
Lastly, she encourages the listeners to then ask the support group as many questions as possible about their experiences, what they use, what they like and don’t like, and learn from their mistakes and victories.
Listen to a clip from the interview below:
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