Homeschool Thoughts

There are two questions people ask when they find out we homeschool.  "Have you always homeschooled?" and "Do you plan on homeschooling them through high school?"

The first question is harmless enough.  I often wonder if what they're really asking is "Did you ever give REAL school a chance?"  The answer is a resounding no.  I spent my pre-parenting years as a teacher so I had plenty of time to figure out what we did NOT want to do as parents.  Don't get me wrong.  I loved teaching.  We just wanted a different environment for our kids.  We knew from the time our oldest was born that we would homeschool.  There was never really a moment in time when we came to that decision.  We actually don't even remember ever having a conversation about it.  We just both knew it's what we were suppose to do.

As for the second question, "Do you plan on homeschooling them through high school?", that one translates into "How do you think you can teach high school and give them the education they need at that level?"  It's a fair question.  In fact, if I were to dwell on the fact that I am not a scientist or a high level mathematician, I would probably become overwhelmed by the thought of teaching these subjects myself.  Instead I have chosen to cling to the assurance that the LORD has called us to this journey and will equip us to complete it.  The resources available today make the idea of teaching our high school kids at home a reality.  They are learning more than I did in high school and are probably already smarter than me...but don't tell them I said that!

One of the things I enjoy blogging about are the ups and downs of being a homeschool mom.  I won't sugar coat it.  Some days I have to resist the urge to chase down that yellow school bus.  But most days I stop and count my blessings that we are able to learn together at home while fostering our family relationships.  You can read more about the life and reality of a homeschool mom by browsing through some of these articles.

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