I first felt the Holy Spirit’s stirrings to homeschool when I attended our community’s first major Pro-Life event way back in 2006. We had a speaker from Human Life International, Brian Clowes, and it was a truly inspiring, eye-opening event. Back then I was pregnant with our first child, who will be turning 4 in October. Hubby and I were so privileged to be part of the Pro-Life event/training back then (we were even chosen as models for one of the creative presentations!). Little did I know that Pro-Life and Homeschooling would eventually become two big passions in my life!
When Joseph Meaney of HLI came to Timor Leste in 2007 for our Family Life Conference, he spoke again about homeschooling and presented briefly the differences in kids who are homeschooled versus those who aren’t. His presentation really made me (and hubby too!) start to seriously consider homeschooling as an option for our children.
The conviction to homeschool our kids continued to grow (perhaps God really planted it in our hearts) and was further strengthened when we heard about Bo Sanchez’s homeschool catering specifically to Catholic Filipino parents like ourselves.
For my part, I have come to believe that homeschooling may not be God’s will for some families, whom He may call to doing mission by sending their kids to public or private schools (even Catholic schools nowadays need a LOT of revival and renewal and are prime mission fields!). Indeed it is challenging and perhaps a bit frightening to even consider teaching one’s children at home. “I’m not a qualified teacher!” “Will I have the discipline and time to do this?” “How can we afford to live on one salary?” “Will my kids be anti-social?” These questions are usually the first that come to mind when one starts thinking about homeschooling.
Thankfully, if one does enough research (thank You Lord for the internet!), one can get lots of answers to these questions, and also find encouragement and draw inspiration from countless homeschoolers who truly believe that teaching your kids at home is THE way to go!
As for our family, we are still in the process of making the final decision to homeschool (when to “officially” start i.e. with a structured curriculum, which curriculum to use, how to deal with the financial and practical aspects, etc etc). For the meantime, we just want to make the most of the time God has blessed us with, especially by having our kids on mission with us. This includes “homepreschooling” our kids.
To be Catholic in this day and age calls for a firm belief in defending our faith, our families, our homes. If I call myself Catholic, then I should be Pro-Life. I firmly believe that homeschooling is pro-life, and that the pro-life work should involve advocating homeschooling.
When we homeschool our kids, it is easier for us to pass down our Catholic faith and life to them. We also get to choose what influences them and in turn how they will live their lives as good Catholics and responsible citizens. We get to be there for them during the critical, crucial stages of their development in all aspects of their lives. We get to teach them about things that are not normally taught in schools, especially the lessons of life.
Homeschooling is PRO-LIFE.
If you believe that God is calling you to homeschool, do not be afraid. There are many men and women, families out there who are doing the same thing. Because they are CONVICTED, not just convinced, to do so. Let’s pray for one another that we will be able to act upon all that God is calling us to do, especially in the best interest of our children.
“As for me and my house, will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15
Listed below are some books that may help you discover the richness of homeschooling 🙂