Allan tells me that the story of why I decided to homeschool will not be relatable to many.
He thinks that (and is probably right) because I have always had a naïve view of life.
I go about my days with dreamy images popping into my head. Some lovely outing or activity with happy, smiling children. And then I make that happen, even if it happens in a less dreamy way. lol
The year I decided to homeschool, the naïve way I approached it all happened in the same way I approach most things.
It was early 2006, Sierra had been born that January and Brooklyn would turn three that summer.
My sister-in-law, Mary, called to chat one day. Her oldest daughter would be starting school the next year so she had been researching schools in Texas.
Because some of the schools in the area weren’t that great, she told me she was considering private schools or homeschooling.
Unknowingly I had just experienced a life altering moment.
I had never known anyone homeschooled or anyone homeschooling their children. I knew nothing about homeschooling. I do mean nothing!
I sat imagining what a homeschool life would look like. It was a natural, happy vision that came to mind.
Me, with kids nestled around me, reading.
Me and the kids seated around a table stacked with books and paper, and scattered with pencils, crayons and paint.
I imagined talking, laughing, and learning together in every moment of life.
I imagined field trips to anywhere we pleased at anytime we pleased.
I imagined sitting together in the grass drawing the world around us.
I imagined quiet days at the library, reading from whatever books interest us.
I imagined lots of beautiful moments!
Yes, some will say that these images were naïve or idealistic.
But honestly with very, very few exceptions, this is what our homeschooling life looks like. So my naivety isn’t always a bad thing 😉
Within those short seconds of being awakened to the idea of teaching my children at home, the decision to homeschool had been made. I didn’t even fully know it yet, but my mind was permanently altered on the subject. There was, and is, no going back to my previous thoughts on education for my family.
To put it simply, homeschooling seemed like the most natural thing for me to do. Just as natural as imagining Brooklyn’s first day of public school had been for me before that conversation with Mary!
And that right there is my very non-exciting reason for homeschooling my children, because it felt like the natural thing for me to do.
Since then my reason for homeschooling has been added to. From things I’ve heard of and experienced to moments of bliss during school time, the reasons keep piling up. I could type out the reasons I love homeschooling, the benefits I feel my children are receiving from staying home, the blessings to me that this way of life has provided.
But I find the reasons hard to put into words.
I find it difficult to adequately explain just how beautiful certain moments of the homeschooling day are and equally difficult to not come across as thinking negatively of public school.
It may seem that my high opinion of homeschooling would produce in me a natural dislike of public schools.
That’s really not the case at all!
I happen to think there is a definite need for public schools in the world. I think a well-funded, properly-run public school is a value we can’t possibly live without!
I homeschool my children because I feel it is the right choice for our family.
Over the next couple of summer months, during which we spend most of our time homeschooling, I’m hoping to remember to jot down specific reasons why homeschooling has been a great thing for us. If I can remember to do that I will put together another post on the subject. It will probably be more in line with what people intend with the question, “why do you homeschool?” I doubt they want to hear, “I felt a confirmation in my soul that this is what we were supposed to do as a family.” Lol
So, more reasons why I value homeschooling will be soon to come. Well, months isn’t soon in the blog world, but it is soon to me!
And to follow up this fluffy, lovey post, tomorrow I will posting the one [huge] drawback to homeschooling. I will tell you what it is right now: being with my kids all of the time. This one drawback is the only negative I’ve personally experienced with homeschooling but it is, at a lot of times, very hard for me to deal with.
More on that subject tomorrow (or the next day if my always-around-children don’t give me enough time. lol!)