Ever since I was little, I wanted to be two things: a mommy & a teacher.
The teacher dream was fulfilled in 2006, when I got my first teaching job – 3rd grade at the private school where I’d grown up. It was quite literally my dream job.
The mommy dream was fulfilled in 2011 (and sweetened in 2013), and I loved it so much that I left the teaching job that I held at the time.
I always assumed that when the time came for my kids to be in school, I’d send them to private school, just like my parents had done for me. But as I taught in various schools, and thought about what Jon and I wanted for our family, we decided on something I swore I’d never do. Starting this year, I’m homeschooling my kids.
It wasn’t an easy decision, but it’s the right decision for us. Here are a few of the big deciding factors, and why we’re choosing to homeschool our kids:
1. We Highly Value Family Time :: Both Jon and I are quality time people. Emily is as well. I’m guessing Nathan will be too. We all function best when we are able to spend time together as a family. We love to travel, and are excited about the flexibility that homeschooling provides. We’ll be able to create our own schedule, and focus on prioritizing time together as a family.
2. We Are Working On Financial Responsibility :: Funny story, we actually planned to send Emmy to our church preschool in the fall. However, this summer brought a number of unexpected expenses, so preschool was no longer feasible. Initially, this was a big disappointment, because I thought Emmy would love preschool, and because, let’s be honest, I was looking forward to a couple of mornings a week where she’d be at school and I’d get a “break”. But losing the funds for preschool turned out to be a great thing, because it helped us see that that wasn’t the plan God had for us, which leads us to the next reason…
3. We (The Pratts) Are Called To Teach Our Children :: This is the most important reason to us. We never had a complete peace about sending Emmy away to preschool. Peace came only when we decided to pursue homeschooling 100%. I’ve been trained and experienced as a teacher, and I simply loved my job. I always believed that the Lord called me to teach – it was when I was teaching that I felt most in my element. I’m out-of-my-mind excited to be able to use the teaching experience I have to teach our daughter, and eventually our son. Jon and I both want to be the ones to teach our children – whether that education is in academics, in faith, in character, or in culture. My primary job is to pour into my kids, to train them up in the way they should go. That requires time, focus, and intention. We believe we’ve been called by the Lord to raise our children, and for us, that includes homeschooling.
That being said, we will continue to evaluate the needs of our kids each year, and seek the Lord for what is best for their education and spiritual development. My hope is to teach them at home as long as I can, while participating in a local co-op, frequent outings, and community classes. However, we’ll pursue whatever plans God leads us to, even if that deviates from what I’m expecting. (As it often does, amen?)
And finally, the cutest reason we’ve decided to homeschool:
Princess Sofia comes to my class every day. Would you pass up the chance to teach royalty? I think not. 😉