We’re a homeschooling family. We made this decision when our oldest was 3. This wasn’t a decision made from fear or over-protection, but from conviction. We believe it is our responsibility as parents to disciple and educate our children.
“6These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” -Deuteronomy 6:6-9
We want to teach our children reading, writing, and arithmetic; but above all, we want to teach them about who God is and teach them a Christian worldview. We want to teach them the Bible and to be biblically literate. We don’t just want our children to grow in knowledge. We want them to have good habits, to be compassionate toward all people, to interact and learn from people of all ages, to have a variety of life experiences that take place outside of a traditional classroom, and to know Jesus Christ.
Our oldest daughter is now almost 6 and is thriving in our home school. We are new homeschoolers, and it has taken us some time to navigate the homeschooling world. We are still figuring things out! We did make the decision to take a Charlotte Mason approach and this is fitting our family well.