Tuesday, April 23, 2013

homeschooling...it may not be as crazy as you think

“Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion has no hold on the mind. Therefore do not use compulsion, but let early education be a sort of amusement; you will then be better able to discover the child's natural bent.”  

education as amusement...now there's something that gets me excited.  {and i generally consider plato a pretty smart dude so anything he has to say is worth considering}
three years ago i would have laughed in your face if you told me i should homeschool my children.  i would have probably followed that up with some smart comment about not wanting my kids to grow up to be completely socially awkward.  i would then boast about the fact that i came up through the public school system and i turned out just fine.  i would close the conversation by stating that i would likely be the worst homeschooling mother ever because of my lack of patience and tendency towards disorganization.

i didn't know anything about homeschooling three years ago.

somewhere between then and now i felt this prompting to learn more about educating children in the home.  my first couple of encounters with parents who were involved in this crazy endeavor involved me smiling and nodding but secretly rolling my eyes.  then there was the week that i had some type of unsolicited 'homeschool' conversation 

every. single. day.  
i have lived long enough to know that those types of things are generally not coincidence...so i started to pay attention.

then i moved beyond just paying attention and i started to ask questions.  over the past year i have found myself surrounded by several friends who are homeschoolers so i have had the opportunity to actually see what all this ridiculous nonsense looks like for families.  and you know what i found...

it's not crazy.
it's not ridiculous.
it's not a one-way ticket to social awkwardness for my kids.

and so here i am.  standing on the edge of the pool ready to dive right in {but i've never been really good at diving so it may be more like a cannonball or something}.

lucy turns five this summer and begins kindergarten in the fall.  i will be her teacher.  i love that.  really...i can honestly say...

i. love. that.

i don't know if we will do this thing for one year or for twelve but i'm excited to see what happens.  over the coming months i will tell you why.

in the meantime...if you are a homeschooling parent i would love your tips and encouragement.  

on the other hand - if you wouldn't touch homeschooling with a 10 foot pole and you think i am absolutely out of my mind just remember that you should 'never say never'.  if your interest is the slightest bit piqued you might want to check out some of the following...just for fun...

ann voskamp - remember her?  1000 gifts.  if you don't read any of the others read this one

the pioneer woman - i mean, if she does it...
the frugal girl - she's frugal and she homeschools...super-weird or super-awesome?  you decide.
charlotte mason - we are planning to use the charlotte mason approach to learning and this website is the BOMB for providing free resources and all kinds of other support and guidance.
ohamanda - she does a hybrid-homeschooling type thing kinda like we will be doing since i will still be working part-time...i love that there are options like this!
life in grace - the reality {and i actually find it inspiring instead of scary}

{i got lots more but that should get you started!}