I can really relate to Rachel’s description of starting to homeschool. The journey to getting there.
I was raised in an ANTI-Homeschool family. I was taught to believe that homeschooling made your kids weird, that they would be socially backwards, that they were just dumb ducks stuck at home all day and never learned nothing…
However, when my hubby and I got married, he mentioned he wanted our children to be homeschooled. I just about ran and never looked back. Then I got a job at our local school and saw the wisdom in his desire.
One day when I was working in the lunch room, a group of senior…YES senior boys started having a food fight. I explained to them, that they would be cleaning up the cafeteria. Quickly the highschool principal came in and stated that they did not have time to clean it up and that they were headed to class. It was my job to clean it up…OH MY…can you believe that? Neither could I. She is now the superintendent of schools.
Well, that pretty much made my decision. I believe that if children…especially of that age make a mess, then they pretty much better be able to clean it up. Those food fights lasted nearly the rest of the year. Until, I mentioned to one of the parents that I thought it crazy how seniors were allowed to have food fights with little consequence.
So, I am pregnant with our first child and choosing to homeschool before he is even born. During my time at the school which was all of five months, I quickly figured out that there were much better ways to teach children then what I was seeing.
So, I start studying about how to homeschool. I already had several close friends, who were just as “weird” as I was who were already homeschooling. I started spending a lot of time with them and soon had a tiny grasp of what I was up against.
Over the last couple of years, I have seen what “drives” my children and that really does make it easier to homeschool.
I can’t wait to get to chapter one~ Have a Heart for the Things of God.