In the book of Titus chapter 2 older woman, uh I mean more experienced women, are called to teach the younger women how to behave and to love their husbands and children. I would venture to say that these women of faith are more needed now than ever!
We have so much marketing hitting us, almost literally, everywhere we go . . . including the stall door of the public restrooms sometimes! There are so many more choices these days, and with each choice advocates and marketers to push you in the direction of their “perfect choice”. For woman, some of the debates over the choices that we have to make are fierce, and overwhelming. After all, who wants to be the “awful mother” that made the wrong choice!
Do I have natural childbirth, or do I accept pain medication during childbirth? Should the birth be at a hospital or at home? Once the baby is born, do I breastfeed or bottle feed, or both? Then before you know it it’s time for school. Do I send them to a public school, a parochial school, a charter school, or do I home school? And then there’s all of the homeschooling options! Arrrrrggggg! (The arrrrrrggggg is directed at they many decisions we have to make. I like the wealth of homeschooling options ;)
The truth is that are many choices that are fine. There are advantages and disadvantages to each choice we make, but whatever we do, we need to be informed so that we can make the best choice for our family. We are in our third year on this homeschooling journey, and the counsel and information of the more experienced women in our support group have enriched and opened our choice to home school into a whole world and wealth of opportunity and joy. For those new homeschooling moms, strong in their convictions to home school, we need to be that same shelter in this storm of the educational controversy around us. We need to guide and teach them to be the best that they can be, so that they can grow where they are planted until God should take them down a different educational path. One of the greatest joys of homeschooling is that in teaching my children, I am also learning a great deal myself through my life with them.
Blessings on your educational journey ;)
P.S. Here are a few promised home school resources.
Edifyathome.com- a home school version of the famous big name auction site
SoftSchools.com offers free educational games and worksheet generators, organized by grade level
WorksheetWorks.com is, by far, my VERY favorite worksheet generator. It features every kind of worksheet generator that you can imagine! You can make anything from personalized handwriting sheets to visual multiplication sheets and maps. This is WELL worth checking out!
Steve Spangler Science is a great resource for buying science supplies, yes. But also look at the experiment ideas and science videos.