What am I doing? Something we have all asked ourselves

As the Home Education Enrichment Day, HEED, in South Florida, we have assisted hundreds and hundreds of families since 2004 in the oftentimes scary decision to home school their children. Even after families make the decision to homeschool, they are plagued with the question, “What Am I doing?” We have worked hard to help you answer that question. It’s our desire to encourage you so that when that question arises, you have that answer! Remember that old bumper sticker that said. “the worst day fishing is better than the best day working”? I don’t know if that’s exactly true, but I would say, looking back that most days of homeschooling were better than any day going to school. We have been perfecting our partnership with families in hybrid learning for 17 years and now we are here to come along side of you at Help Me Homeschool Academy.

The studies and results have been in for years showing homeschooled students finish on top, academically, socially and spiritually compared to those students in public and private schools. We never want to speak negatively about teachers as they have a tough and very different job than we do as parents. Our desire is to present a viable “doable” alternative for parents looking for something different for their child, and to encourage you in that decision. For years families have made various school choices for their family for many different reasons including academic ones, spiritual ones, physical or health reasons, social reasons, to avoid bullying, for family dynamics, lifestyle, athletic commitments, and today we add safety. There are as many reasons as there are families and children. Usually when a parent gets as far as reading a page like this, they have their reasons, but what they don’t always have is the confidence, encouragement and support to make the leap. Interestingly 90% of the time, the same question holds every parent back:

1. I’m not a teacher. I’m afraid. What if I mess up?
2. I’m not patient and/or organized. I’m afraid. Can I really do this?
3. Will my child miss out? I’m afraid. Will they miss out on friendships, social interaction, sports, proms, college opportunities etc.?

Fear should neither be your motivator nor the thing that holds you back. Things have changed in our country and suddenly families and schools are trying to figure out how to educate online, and for the most part, it’s been a disaster. With our university model homeschool program we have been teaching students one day a week in a classroom for almost 2 decades. After one day in class the students complete their week at home with their parents for the reaming 3-4 school days. We have had the unique position of testing this model for years. We are now offering this same model in a once a week online, live, interactive, exclusive, classroom. In other words what schools and governments are having to figure out in the middle of this crisis, we have been perfecting for years. The proof is in the pudding as they say, and I encourage you to see the universities where our students have been accepted. They have also achieved incredible things in their careers, and many are now grown adults working in careers across the board as architects, doctors, nurses, lawyers, accountants, computer programmers, salesman, entrepreneurs, engineers, computer scientists, sports newscasters, musicians, ministry, teachers, financial planners and analysts, actors, police and firefighters, moms, dads, and I could go on and on. The parents of almost all of these students had the same questions and fears as you might now.

The answers I told many of those parents when they were starting out and along their journey are the same answers that I want to tell you. I just want to yell, YES, YES, YES! I believe homeschooling is an incredible opportunity for parents, children and families. Is it a not a magic formula for success or a guarantee of happiness? No, it is not, but in today’s culture it is an incredible opportunity to take back control of your children’s education and their schedules and that will alone change your family dynamics. When you take back your schedules, you set your own priorities and you spend the best part of your day and their day together.

Is it easy? Nothing worthwhile is easy, and homeschooling your children is definitely worth all the time and energy it takes. The good news is that you don’t have to do this alone! We have veteran moms, academic advisors, incredible instructors, and mentors to help you every step of the way.

Home schooling is about so much more than education. It is about spending your life together reading, learning, trying new things, going new places, meeting new people and doing it together with your children. Homeschooling allows you to impart your values and worldview to your own children. This is more important than ever when you consider the worldview of the elites setting the public-school agenda for our children.

It’s about training up a child in the way, “the bent” God gave them and watching them grow and soar. Is homeschooling the recipe for success for families. Of course not. We all encounter difficulties and suffering in this life. It may not be the “recipe for success and happiness” but it does present you with some amazing opportunities. Maybe it’s time you take back your children’s education and experience them in a way you never imagined. If that’s your desire, then Help Me Homeschool Academy is the place for you, and we are here to help you every step of the way.

Sue Puchferran