One of our major convictions has been that as student pastors we have really targeted the school system here- the only school system here -and set about to reach it for Christ. With this fresh, specific conviction laid on us by God, it seems at this point and time for us almost hypocritical not to have our kids in there too. Not only that, but this is THE one school system I feel almost comfortable with. A sweet, small school where so many teachers - 2 principals, the superintendent, members of the school board, and a large number of the students are related to my kids - and believe as we do.
I know I will desperately miss homeschooling this year. I will miss having the kids around me all day, teaching art, and reading the classics aloud. (Not that we won't do plenty of those things after school.) My favorite year of all is 3rd grade - we really get into some Biblical truths through history and science - and I will miss that, Daniel will miss it. My oldest is going to be terribly bored. Last year we kind of moved ahead academically to the next grade levels with her. For her at least, junior high was kind of redundant. Gracie, the middle child, is most reluctant, and after this year I will glad to teach her at home again if the Lord leads.
Here is an excellent article about homeschooling that really contains a lot of truths. Homeschooling is something I really believe in, and I plan to try to support and build homeschooling in this area. For now, there are just a handful of families in this area who homeschool. We've been so spoiled by the incredible homeschool community we had in Waco, with so many options and opportunities, and a constant stream of friends and programs to interact with.
So, I'll send them off next Monday, just like my parents sent me off - with a blessing pronounced over them, and some major prayers said on their behalf.