Are you homeschooling or an at home educator? Which ever one you preferred to be called is your choice and I raise my glass or my pen to you this morning. Being a homeschool mom for many years now, going on eleven to be exact. Wow! where did the time go? I have probably experienced everything out there from groups, to curriculum and even the greatest of all stereotyping and snarled looks we get. oh, and not to mention the people who treat you as if you have the plague! (some of which they need to catch it and experience the freedom and greatness). 😉
I think as homeschool moms and dads we can all agree that providing what we feel is best for our child is the common goal. Now, I say that very well knowing that all homeschool parents or home educators are different, have different reasons, goals, and methods of schooling etc… I will have a post on that topic later so stay tuned. On this topic today however; I am not only reminiscing of the good times we have had over the years but also some of the lessons we have learned and encounters we have faced. The Elementary years were the best! my boys now 17 & 14 were eager beavers, they were sponges that repeated and soaked up everything imaginable from naming all the dinosaurs, to even shapes such as pentagons, hexagons, parallelograms etc.. I sported them around as a proud homeschool mom! this is where it gets interesting, I would go grocery shopping on Thursday mornings and people would say “oh, poor kids, must be sick today” um, NO! Then to say they are homeschooled was then followed by ” so when do they do work”? no one cared to pay attention to my son with a list in one hand or a worksheet designed for math skills in the grocery store in the other, or the icing on the cake are the people who feel the need to start drilling our children to see how smart they are! (they are children not robots). At first I was offended then I just realized it was more out of ignorance that people said and did these things. *just a note your kids will start to figure it out and speak for themselves* I always felt I needed to defend my rights or my kids until one day… a lady with a child my sons age asked him how he liked hs? he replied “he loved it” she then proceeded with the twenty questions. as I seen my child look up at me with the not again face he politely answered all the ladies questions which consisted of where does your dad work?, what does he do?, when do you actually do work? and many more. when she was finished he said “if you don’t mind I have a few questions for your daughter”, she looked puzzled. He said where does your dad work? no answer was given, what does he do? no answer again, would you like to get to sleep in an extra hour in the mornings? the girl said with a smile “YES”. He said would you like to get finished with your school work and not have any homework? and again, the girl was excited to answer. He then looked at the mom and said homeschooling is great, your daughter would probably like it, and maybe you could teach her where her dad works and what he does for a living too. The lady never said another word. I say that to show that there are many people in the world who will not agree with you and will turn their nose up, let what you do for your children stand on its own. Be careful not to cast stones trying to prove your child has more education, respect, obedience and so forth cause if your in the elementary stages the teen stages will surly be coming your way!
*Next post on Homeschooling a middle school age child 🙂
Keep Homeschooling Alive!
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.