I was contacted the other day by the cousin of a friend whose 8th-grade daughter was being bullied at school and was basically miserable.
She had just pulled her out of school, and was wondering “Now what?” Her daughter had been begging her to pull her out since school started this year. This bullying thing had been going on for a long time. Several years.
Now her daughter is home, and she is taking a couple of classes at Tech, which is a public school/homeschool program. They have a very small lending library, with only math books to check out (but no teacher’s manuals or answer keys?!)
This mom is struggling to keep her head above water, not knowing a thing about choosing curriculum or even what subjects her daughter needs. She is going to come over on Friday to see what we’re using, and to get an idea of what middle school curriculum looks like and what’s out there.
I remember when we first started homeschooling 18 years ago.
I didn’t know anything, except for the overwhelming information I could find online. I didn’t know any other homeschoolers and didn’t know where to go to find curriculum. When I look back I can see how far we’ve come. We have done unit studies and textbooks, living books, and field trips.
I think we’ve tried every math curriculum out there! (That’s not necessarily a good thing!!) But every year, we make a new decision to continue on, to raise our children in the love and admonition of the Lord, and to keep them home “one more year”.
My heart says “Don’t put them in high school,” but of course, each child is different and we’ve chosen different things for different kids. We won’t know until we reach that bridge again, how we will choose to travel. I only know that right now, this school year, homeschool is still the best thing for us. The rest is up to the Lord.
My favorite quote comes from a lady who was a speaker at our church’s ladies’ retreat:
“The Lord doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the CALLED!”
That is SO TRUE when it comes to homeschooling! He calls us to homeschool and makes us trust Him that He will give us the qualifications and the ability to actually DO IT. And He really does! It’s a journey of faith.