Why homeschooling? Why me?
Updated: May 13, 2019
"Once upon a time, all children were homeschooled. They were not sent away from home each day to a place just for children, but lived, learned, worked, and played in the real world, alongside adults and children of all ages." -Rachel Gathercole, The Well-Adjusted Child
The opportunity to homeschool always seems to come at a crossroads, do I take the well established path that I perhaps even followed, or do I strike out into the wilderness to follow my heart? Sometimes the choice to homeschool follows a disappointing encounter with the public school system, or a family development that makes it the better choice. Sometimes we decide when our child is still learning to walk that homeschooling is the best path, but no matter the reason we have stepped up to the fork in the road, we all have one thing in common, we love our children.
Every time I tell someone that I homeschool my children, I get a variation on the same response: "Thats wonderful," "I wish I was able to do that," "Good for you," or some other attaboy. Now with school shootings on the rise and the news seeming to only display the worst teachers in the public school system, it's no longer taboo to want to homeschool your kids. This is not intended to criticize the public school system in any way. Most PS teachers want the best for the kids they encounter every day, and want to help them succeed. Unfortunately, the average school teacher has little help and funding available to accomplish this and they are spread thin with the amount of students they have each year. Despite their best efforts, they would be unable to offer your child(ren) the time, energy, and support that you are able to supply.
Unlike the years prior to the internet, we now have a plethora of information available to us via books, conferences, blogs (including this one), and more than likely at least one personal contact who has or knows someone who homeschools. Depending on your learning style (more on this in a later post) this could overwhelm you or excite you. If you are like me however, it's a little bit of both. At first, simply planning to homeschool felt akin to attempting to climb Mt. Everest. Everyone has an opinion, and the paths you can take are varied and split off in multiple directions. Here's my secret though, everyone fails at first.
I wish I could say that we are still doing the same plan I set forth before starting my first year, or even that at the end of my fifth year, that we are doing the same thing I planned at the beginning of THIS year, but that would be a lie. The truth is we try things, sometimes they work out for us, sometimes they lead to tears (mine and theirs) of frustration, and we put that aside and try something else. If you tried to start a business without a plan, or with an unsuccessful plan, it would never work, but luckily homeschooling is all about learning. Not just for your kids, but for you as well.
I am going to try to help you navigate the path to the top of the mountain with this blog. I hope to encourage you and give you a peace with the understanding that you are not alone in this life. We are all here to support and encourage one another, because although this life is not for everyone, it is my biggest blessing.
So why do I homeschool? Why did I decide that it was the best plan for my family?
Thankfully, my husband has been an amazing supporter of my desire to school our kids. He might have been a little reluctant to give up a second income at first (more on that later), however he sees the difference in our home and in our kids. I am lucky enough to get to be the primary influence in my children's lives (good and bad), and most importantly (to me) there is no one else on this earth who will be more invested in my child's future than I am. I will always be their loudest cheerleader. After all, my husband and I are the ones who will reap the rewards of raising our kids to be successful and happy adults (guess who doesn't want to live in a nursing home, jk).