A Journey to Homeschooling by Rabea Boyle

9
Jan

In all honesty, I had never planned to homeschool my children, even with my history in Christian education. I had attended in a Christian school using the ACE curriculum for my entire secondary education. I loved the curriculum and excelled under it. And it was the Christian perspective and environment during that season of my life which ultimately softened my heart to the Lord’s leadership of my life. After graduating, I also worked in the school for a season, and became very involved in its running. So, while I was truly sold on the idea of Christian education, homeschooling was not on my radar.
As an introvert who values her personal space, spending every day of my foreseeable future together with my children seemed too overwhelming. However, my husband and I were deeply convinced about the value and the importance of building our children’s education upon Christian foundations. We had hoped for a Christian school to become a reality in our area, and even tried to make it happen, but as our first son reached school-age, we began to accept the option that the Lord had clearly put before us. We realised that we had in our hands a wonderful tool which suddenly became the obvious and natural next step. And yet it was also very much a step of faith!
And so began our homeschooling journey. While I was the teacher, both my husband and I did the training and were fully on board. My boys are now 11 and 9, and I have a 19-month-old daughter in the mix too, so with each new season we learn new things. While my boys learn the wonderful information their PACEs teach them, I also learn to trust that the gift of this Biblical foundation is the best thing I can give them.
One of the truths from God’s Word which keeps my soul anchored during this season is the Word which the Lord gave my mum when my own journey into Christian education began years ago, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” Mark 8:36. It keeps me focused and grateful for this opportunity to train my children to be the people God has created them to be.