Discerning Homeschooling

by Janalin Hood

When the idea of home schooling came to me I was rather skeptical. As the daughter of public educators and as a member of a parish with a fantastic Catholic school it didn’t even make sense.

For the better part of a year, prior to our oldest approaching school age, the Lord pursued my heart heavily to educate our children at home. He gave me the desire to share learning in a gentle child-like way in an environment that was shaped to each child’s readiness and interests.

Kindergarten at home was a trial year to test the waters of home schooling. Our days were filled with nature walks, hands on activities, and lots of reading out loud. We started the Little House series and spent the year immersed in Laura’s adventures as a pioneer girl. That trial year was everything I had hoped for and more.

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