I came from an educational background. All I ever played as a child was school. I had my own chalk board, made fake tests, and called role. Teaching was what thrilled me the most outside of being a mom. So when I entered college, I pursued an education degree. In college I learned how to make lesson plans and incorporate ways to meet all the learning styles within those lesson plans....but home education. Are you kidding me? Was that even legal?
When my oldest two kids were young, I knew a few homeschool moms. AND some did fit that stereotypical homeschooler that I just was not. I didn't own a van, or a denim jumper. I just didn't see how you could teach all different grade levels and subjects at the same time and do it with any kind of success. (Those one room school houses back in the day managed, but that was on Little House on the Prairie, right? not my street, my town,and certainly not my house, my kids or me!)...
When my daughter, Karlie was in Kindergarten, she struggled with the curriculum. It was fast paced and definitely geared to only one type of learning style...worksheets, drill and spit it back. When I teach I tend to lean in to the creative side more but that's a post for another day.
It was decided at the end of that school year, she would repeat Kindergarten. She has never let me live down the fact that she repeated Kindergarten even though many people repeat kindergarten. After Kindergarten I, Kindergarten 2 and First Grade at the local academy, my hubby and I decided mid year of first grade that I would homeschool the next year. At a teacher conference and after numerous testing for learning disabilities , the first grade teacher said that she agreed with our homeschool decision and thought it would be best. I should have pulled her out right then, but I waited, did my research, bought my curriculum, and approached my homeschool mom friends for advice.
I soon had a plan and the next year, with an old refurbished school desk we began our journey. We soon had our own little routine. A couple of hours or so in the morning doing our school work for 2nd grade, and a toddler playing in the mix we had found our niche and by lunch time we were done. Soon she was blossoming again as she gained her confidence back after those early frustrating years of traditional schooling. Little did I know, expect or plan, but my oldest, Zach, a 6th grader at the time, begged and pleaded that he should be homeschooled too, and by the first six weeks of that school year we pulled him out and he too began the journey.
a photo from the early years of homeschooling eating lunch at our favorite lunch room~ Chick-fil-A
Karlie enters her senior year in high school next month.
Shek the soon to be 7th grader is now taller than me...what?
Jolie, our baby, is beyond excited to start her Kindergarten school work soon.
Zach graduated from college this past May with a degree in Music Performance.
Homeschooling is not the educational journey I planned on for my family, but it's one that I am glad God opened up for us for this season in our lives. We have had a lot of opportunities through home educating that we would not have had if we took the more traditional route, we've met lots of friends along the way, that we would not have met otherwise. We have had a chance to meet the educational needs of each child's learning style. We have had more time to pursue talents and skills with special instruction because we had a flexible homeschool calendar and schedule. We have had the opportunity to coordinate with other teachers in the homeschool arena to do what is best suited for our kids' educational needs.
My kids still cringe when asked where they go to school and they answer, "I am homeschooled." My college graduate son says, "It's as if you've dropped the homeschool bomb." which is then followed by, "Well, you're not weird!"
Homeschooling, don't knock it till you try it. Don't make fun of it, or you'll be the next one driving your own homeschool van to the next co-op meeting. If you need a denim jumper you're own your on.
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