Since spring of 2020, our world has gone upside down. Now we have the choice to get vaccines (in most areas)! Mask mandates seem to be going away as more things are opening up. So… are you still on the fence about homeschooling your kids or not? This article aims to help clarify IF homeschooling your kids is for you and family or not. But, it is NOT going to try to sell you the “best” curriculum or tell you how to effortlessly transition or “make you” feel bad if the choice of homeschooling your kids isn’t right for you and your family. You may not be able to homeschool right now. And that’s OK!
What does Homeschooling your kids even mean?
FIrst, the LOCATION of where learning happens is not what defines “homeschooling.” If your children are currently enrolled in a public, private, or charter school, know that these institutions must hold to state standards and requirements.
This includes hours, attendance, and course work standards. Therefore, if it is an option and you want to use these schools to “distance learn from home” that is quite different than actual homeschooling.
This may be what you experienced during the pandemic.
If you are regularly working outside the home, this may be what is best for your family. Just be aware that you won’t have the freedom to choose your curriculum or days and times of school. BUT, you also don’t have to research, pay, and plan for your child’s curriculum or keep grades on your own!
What are Requirements for Homeschooling your kids?
Before homeschooling, your child needs to be legally withdrawn from the school district in which he or she was previously enrolled. In the state of Nevada, that requires completing the “Notice of Intent” to homeschool. Then the parent assumes all responsibility for their child’s education.
This means, YOU research, choose, and pay for your own curriculum. (There are many groups out there to help – You are not alone!). YOU decide how much time you are going to spend on each topic. YOU decide what your children need to graduate. Most homeschooling high schoolers take similar classes as those enrolled in public school as many plan to attend college. There are lots of resources online and groups on Facebook to help you find a curriculum that’s just the right fit for your children and family. In Nevada, we are blessed to have the right to enroll our children in our zoned school sports, activities, or extra classes (like ROTC, drivers education, or foreign language) without any additional testing regulations or requirements. For more support on this, check out: Rise Resource Center
Whether you choose to homeschool your kids or not. Remember this:
God gave YOU your children. YOU may not have planned for them, but God certainly did! You being a parent to your exact children was allowed by God for His glory and for your joy. Therefore, it is YOUR responsibility – and great honor – to care for and ensure they are well educated in the ways of the Lord.
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.Deuteronomy 6:5-9
However, to follow this edict does not mean that you must homeschool your kids OR that you must send them to school. As unique creations, we each have different gifts. It only depends on what God is calling YOUR FAMILY to do. Take some time and really search God’s will in this.
- You may want to consider these questions:
- Do you NEED to work outside of the home? Do you WANT to?
- What does your spouse need from you? Do you need something different?
- What would work best for YOUR family dynamics, taking into consideration the ages and stages of each of your children?
If you want to hear about our personal homeschooling journey, check it out here.
NONE of this is easy for ANY of us! So, let’s build each other up rather than tearing each other down, shall we? Homeschooling, Distance Learning, Physical Schooling…. Thankfully, we can all choose what works best for our families right now. Let’s support each other in making these hard decisions.Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11
Kate Fraiser is a Parent Coach with Connect Point Moms helping you create stronger relational connections with the children in your life. This starts with being aware of your own stuff so you can BE PRESENT with your children in the moment you’re in, and then knowing and using the best ways to communicate with them. For quick and helpful parenting videos, find her on Instagram, YouTube, TikTok, or Facebook.