“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 ( ESV )
This verse is good to keep in mind if you’re thinking about making a transition from homeschooling to private schooling. Whether you’re the parent stressing over whether or not this is best for your child, or you’re the student who isn’t sure that you’ll make a good transition, God will be there with you through it all. That doesn’t mean it’ll all be easy, though. Change can sometimes be difficult and some changes are harder than others. When I made a transition from homeschool to christian university in california this year, I did encounter some stress, but I discovered a few things about myself. I hope by sharing my experience that you may be encouraged through a transition in schooling.
1. Change can be stressful.
It’s probably no surprise that going from doing your school work with your parents or brothers and sisters to leaving for school every weekday can change how you feel about your school work. Depending on the curriculum you use doing your homeschooling days, you may not have as much homework as you would at a school outside of home. The first few weeks of school was a stressful and chaotic time for me, just due to the change in homework. The stress didn't end there, though. Whether it was for grades, friendships, parent hours, or simply the time it took to drive to and from school (especially after extracurricular activities), we felt the effects of such a different atmosphere of learning. The stress did eventually fade, though.
2. Learning from different teaching styles can be a good thing.
After settling down with our new and busier schedule, I realized that learning was happening differently than it did when I was doing school at home. I started receiving different teaching styles, and I learned new things in a different way. Learning from different teaching styles has really helped me with my comprehension. Seeing my grades rise three letter grades within the first three months of school was such an encouragement to me.
3. School brought out the extrovert in me.
When I began the school year, I was a total introvert and had social anxiety. Being with my fellow students has totally had an effect on my attitude towards everything now. Through my studies, interactions with teachers and friends, and faith growing in Christ, I’ve shifted to an extrovert who loves expressing herself in any way possible. Changing your daily environment can definitely change a person.
4. My relationships have grown stronger.
As this school year is coming to a close, I am realizing that I have grown closer with the three main figures in my life: my mother, father, and God. Since being away from my parents during the school day, after being with them all day, every day, I realized I was growing closer to my parents than I had ever been before. I have learned to cherish my time with them, enjoying their wisdom more than I did when they were always there to help me all day. And I have seen my trust in God grow to an extent I never thought it would reach. He has carried me through so much more than I could ever thank Him for.
Going from homeschool to private school is different for everyone, but no matter what, God will be there to see you through it all. Through the stress, different teaching styles, personality shifts, changes in relationships, and anything else that seems to come up, you will always have Someone there for you. God should always be the center of your actions, so as you ponder this transition, keep Him at the center of it.