We first considered homeschooling when Helana was two. Over time, I became persuaded that this was in fact what God was calling me to do. That is what homeschooling is, afterall. Not a choice. A calling. As we have learned, homeschool does not just last a few hours a day, sitting at a desk with a nose in a workbook. It is a way of life. Every moment of every day is a chance to learn, discover or put into practice what we know. It is my goal, as mother and teacher, to create an adventure in every lesson...in life.
Every school needs a set of goals, a mission of sorts. I have found our mission summed up quite nicely in Noah Webster's 1828 definition of "education":
EDUCA'TION, n. [L. educatio.] The bringing up, as of a child, instruction; formation of manners. Education comprehends all that series of instruction and discipline which is intended to enlighten the understanding, correct the temper, and form the manners and habits of youth, and fit them for usefulness in their future stations. To give children a good education in manners, arts and science, is important; to give them a religious education is indispensable; and an immense responsibility rests on parents and guardians who neglect these duties.
It is the goal of Joey and myself to equip our children in the necessary skills to become independent, productive adults. Yes, we are Christians and will raise Helana and Eastwood as such. However, they will not just be taught Christian doctrine and expected to believe it. On the contrary, all secular worldviews will also be studied, debated and rebuted. They will grow up knowing why they believe what they believe and be able to adequately and intelligently defend it. Furthermore, we understand it is our responsibility to help them discover God's purpose for their lives and thus fulfill it.