Homestead Home Schooling


When Andrew and I found out we were expecting our first child our daily conversations immediately began to revolve around our expectations of parenting. From the most immediate concerns of bottle or breast and cloth or disposable to the farthest possibilities of college and marriage our conversations covered it all. There were many things we were not sure of, some things we didn’t quit agree on, but one thing we both new for sure was we wanted to raise our child in the most traditional way possible. We agreed that I would stay home with our new daughter as long as it was financially possible.  Little did we know a short sixteen months later our second child would arrive! With two small children at home in diapers being a stay at home Mom seemed to be the most reasonable thing to do. As Macey and William got older, Andrew and I became concerned with the quality of education they would receive. We began talking about public vs. private, and while we both preferred private school there just wasn’t a good option available for us in our area. So we turned to home schooling.   

  William and Macey 

Macey has always been a very perceptive child. As a four year old she had a strong desire to learn. Her birthday fell in November, after the school age guideline for kindergarten. So we took the leap in August and enrolled her in home school kindergarten. I was excited, but also scared! What did I know about being a teacher?  Andrew and I both have college degrees, we have experience coaching youth sports teams and teaching youth groups. But this was our own child, and her future! No pressure.  

Within days we knew we had made the right decision. Macey flew through kindergarten so quickly I had to order her more books by January just to keep her busy! By the end of the year she was reading Dick and Jane to us, writing short sentences, reading road signs and counting her own money. She loved science and reading, enjoyed art and history, and had an incredible memory for her age.  

During Macey’s kindergarten year, our family moved from a small lot in a large town to a farm in a rural area twenty minutes from the nearest small town. Culture shock! While it was tough starting up a new operation here while taking care of the kids and home schooling one, there were also many un-expected benefits.   

   First Farm 

Suzanne Cox
3/18/2013 8:17:08 PM

Thanks Dave! I won't lie, there are days when I definitely wonder "WHAT was I thinking?!" as I struggle to not pull all of my hair out. But those days are few in comparison to the times I am thankful for this opportunity. Home schooling seems to be growing in popularity all over the States right now. And that is wonderful! There are so many more options now than there were 10 years ago, when my sister started her school career. Online academies, part-time attendance, "traditional" home schooling, so many choices!

3/18/2013 2:40:54 PM

Suzanne, what a great family story. In my humble opinion, home schooled kids are more prepared for life. So many schools turn out kids that are book smart but life skill deficient. They know how to take a test and get a good grade but in practical things of life they are lacking. Home school blends the real world and learning together. Your kids are going to have a definite advantage in life because of the decisions you have made for their education. Home school is big here in Nebraska. Even in the city home schooling thrives. My departed wife and I talked about home schooling but she just didn't have the patience for it and my daughter was too much of a socialite. We chose the private school route until high school which was just too far beyond our financial means. By the time my daughter reached high school she was a full year ahead of the school system. Have a great home schooling day with your kids.

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