One of the many things I love about homeschooling is that it has helped us to learn to put God at the center of our family life. We start and end our day in prayer. We are able to see and appreciate how our faith plays a part in so many things that we learn. I can show Micah the reason to learn what he is being taught. I can teach him to serve God and to be a leader for Him. This is one of the reasons I am very excited about this group. It is the goal of ABLE to glorify God and place Him at the center. We are ministry focused and will actively serve others together. I am excited to be a leader of ABLE and to see where God leads our group!
I remember how lost I felt when I first began homeschooling. I had no idea where to begin, and I had to figure a lot of things out for myself. Sometimes it was difficult, but I am stubborn and refused to fail. Instead, I became an advocate - promoting the benefits of homeschooling, and eventually I created HIAC. I wanted to reach out to other homeschoolers who needed their questions answered, and to new homeschoolers who didn’t know how to begin.
To me the most difficult part of homeschooling is dealing with three children who all have their own distinct personalities, and their own behavior issues! It was with the support and encouragement of other homeschool moms that I found ways of dealing with those challenges. These same moms gave me the confidence to deal with family and others who disliked the fact that I homeschool. Still, the rewards for my children and myself far outweigh the challenges. Teaching my children at home allows me to mold their character, engage their minds, and provide a litany of opportunities they never would have had in a school. It is so exciting to watch my children gain new skills and to know that God used ME to teach them those skills.
To me, the most important things you teach your children are not found in the textbooks. Character, leadership, service, and orator skills, are the foundations for a successful life. These are the skills our children will need to stand for their faith in an increasingly hostile world. ABLE focuses on these points, preparing our children to be the next generation of leaders.