Hello! I’m back after a little blogging vacation! Great to be here writing again…
Something that’s been on our minds lately as our oldest approaches preschool-age: homeschool. We have made the decision to begin homeschooling our 2 year-old. Typically, she would start a 2- or 3-day program in the fall. She’s been given instruction the past few months at home & self-starts a little lesson each day. We think it’s already time.
Before people jump to conclusions, which most people do, there are many reasons for this decision. Those are our choices to make & we feel it is the best choice for our daughter at this time. (You want the reasons/benefits? I’m sure I will blog this in the near future!)
Will we do it for her entire education? Probably not. We’re starting with preschool and seeing where it takes us.
It’s amazing what pre-conceived notions people have of home education. I did. My husband did. Everyone around us did (& some still do!). Then we started researching & have been “interviewing” other parents and families who home educate. Boy were we wrong! What an unbelievable world we have found! I very much look forward to learning as we go & becoming more active in the homeschooling community all around us!
A few weeks ago (while school was still in session), I packed a lunch & met my husband for an impromptu picnic at a local park. While we were there, a family showed up with their fishing poles in hand, ready to take on the creek. The parents were there with their 3 children as well as their grandparents. The grandfather was the one teaching them the ropes on how to catch a fish. They were homeschooled & this was part of their curriculum. Certainly not something you will learn in a school setting, yet most certainly a life skill. The family unit was clearly close-knit. I was in awe.
The possibilities are endless. Children learn most of what they do from you as parents anyway. My husband & I have the patience (I think…I hope!) and understanding to guide our children as they mold their brains and become part of the world around them. It’s such an incredible concept to us. And right now, it’s what’s important to us.
Here’s where YOU come in handy:
We would love your input! I know many of my readers are considering homeschooling their own children, if they don’t already. This is where I will take full advantage of the internet & it’s capabilities. We would love your advice, your comments, your concerns, your hopes & fears, your likes & dislikes…your thoughts, your references, your ideas. We haven’t even gotten our toes wet so we could use all the tips we can get!
Thank you, in advance, for supporting us in this endeavor as well as becoming a part of the future of our child.