Friday, October 19, 2012

homeschool


facebook post recently:

"Man busting a hole in our sidewalk...much more fascinating than any lesson plan I had for today".

this prompted lots of questions about how homeschooling is going.  i so appreciate those questions.  especially since i am asking them myself.  how IS it going?  i don't know.  i really don't know.  and my fear is, i won't really know for a long time.  like a decade or so.  i'm trying to be o.k. with that.  i am doing what we feel is best for our family for this year and results are yet to be determined.  a lot like most things in parenting, i think.



things i like about homeschooling...

even while doing bible work and a midst math books, light sabers are never far away.  you just don't know when you'll need one (or five)

controlling our own schedule.  there is no exterior force setting times for things and because of that-"rushing" (and all the ugliness it brings) has been almost eliminated from our home.  

learning with my children.  learning new things, learning what they're learning, knowing what it is they're studying.

the very best thing...

continuity.  weird, huh?  you'd think it'd be something else.  but, the truth is the thing i enjoy the most and see the greatest benefits coming from is the "wholeness" in our life.  we are now one unit.  we all have the same schedule, the same goals, the same experience.  it has brought a great reduction in stress, arguments, and general chaos while at the same time brought our enjoyment of one another to new heights.  there is unity.  and harmony.
of course there are still disagreements, selfishness, and such, but there is also a richer context and more time to work through these things.  

the fine print thing...

#1-i am a lover of school.  institutionalized, organized, traditional SCHOOL.  it actually makes me giddy just thinking about school supplies, teacher gifts, desks, lunchboxes and books passed down each year.  i LOVE the schools my boys attended.  could not love them more.  i miss them deeply.

#2-i "couldn't do this".  you know how you always hear about people doing something and you think-"that's cool...but WE could never do that."  well, i thought that too.  i knew i'd be an amazing classroom teacher, but i also knew what it took to be a homeschooling mom and i knew i couldn't do it.  frankly, i just couldn't be with my kids for that many hours (all of them) a day.  

the conclusion thing...

we're doing it.  i don't know how and i don't know if it's "working".  but, we do it every day and we do it together.  

1 comment:

Christa Forsythe said...

It's encouraging to hear this... I always thought I would homeschool, but lately... and FRANKLY I don't wanna be with my kiddos all day long. We are looking into schools for Ethan for next year, but if it doesn't work out I'll try to homeschool him... it is nice to know it's "working" for you guys!