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#hsmomstories (part 3): Kerri-Ann Megna, mom of two homeschool graduates and bass guitarist for wors

My name is Kerri-Ann Megna. I have been married almost 25 years and my husband and I have 2 sons, ages 22 and almost 21. (I can’t believe it!). We live on Long Island, NY. I have a BS degree in Social Work and an Associates degree in Physical Therapy. We homeschooled up through high school and both boys have graduated.

Both of my sons are currently in college. My oldest son, James went to Word of Life Bible Institute for one year and is now close to completing his undergraduate degree in Computer Science with an interest in IT and Cyber Security. My younger son, Jonathan completed an EMT program at our local community college and is now at student at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA.

Why did I decide to homeschool? I began meeting families in my local church who were homeschooling. I must admit I had heard of homeschooling but because I had no factual information about it at the time, I thought it was odd. I pictured children sitting around a kitchen table all day. Secluded. Weird. However, as I got to know these families I saw something special. There was a dynamic about them that appealed to me. I began doing some objective research. I read articles, I read books and even more importantly I went out of my way to talk to kids who were currently being homeschooled as well as those who had graduated. I asked them what they liked and disliked about homeschooling. Statistically I learned that homeschoolers perform better on standardized testing and that tutoring 1:1 or any smaller ratio is more effective that learning in a classroom setting. These were all valid points, however my desire to homeschool was never based on academics.

I realized that homeschooling is an extension of parenting. We teach our children all the time. We teach them how to hold a bottle and a spoon. We teach them how to share and how to tie their shoes. We teach them to be kind towards people and gentle with animals. Why not teach them to hold a pencil and how to read?

Beyond academics, I was more concerned about my sons hearts and the kind of men I wanted them to become. I began praying asking God to show me what to do because I still wasn’t convinced I could successfully homeschool. I knew I didn’t “ know everything”. How could I teach them the more difficult subjects especially as they got older? Additionally, I am NOT organized by nature.

There are several teachers in my family and in all honesty, I was afraid of what they would think and say. After all, they had degrees in education and I didn’t. Homeschooling was also definitely going against the grain and I knew I’d have to answer lots of questions such as “Why did you decide to do THAT?” and “But what do you do for socialization?” ( Once I began homeschooling this actually became my FAVORITE question to answer.)

Although I had all of the positive information about the benefits of homeschooling before me, I still wasn’t convinced I should do it. I began seriously praying with an open mind and was committed to doing whatever the Lord lead me to do. I knew it was a huge decision and I wanted to make the right one. It would have been “ easier” to send my boys to school, right? Someone else would be responsible. I’d have lots of free time! My son was four at the time and we were getting very close to needing to decide what to do for Kindergarten. I turned on the praying and really asked for a clear answer, knowing in the back of my mind that I was feeling pressured by what other people would think.

I was given a very specific scripture during my prayer time. It was Colossians 2:8 “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.” It couldn’t have been clearer. I decided to go for it. It was the best decision for my boys and for our family as a whole.