6.04.2014

What You Wish Wednesday No.3

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It's a HOMESCHOOLING post...




I've said it before and I'll say it again...I NEVER THOUGHT I'D HOMESCHOOL!  LIKE NEVER.  
For one,  I had some really unrealistic pre-conceived notions about the whole gig. 
Second, I have a degree in education.  Naturally, my kids would go to public school. 
And third, I'm not capable of teaching my own kids, right?

I won't get into all of the nitty gritty details of why we chose to homeschool, but I will tell you a little bit of what I do and what I don't do:

I DO...homeschool my daughter(s).
I DON'T...judge those that choose to send their kids to public or private schools. Seriously...I don't.

I DO...think that public school teachers are doing a great job.  I used to be one of them!
I DON'T...love the system in its entirety.  

I DO...have freedoms that are limited in the public classroom.
I DON'T...let my kids play all day long.

I DO...have a daily schedule and routine.
I DON'T...follow it strictly every single day.

I DO...spend time planning and preparing lessons.
I DON'T...worry if every thing I teach meets a specific standard.

I DO...plan on homeschooling for a long time.
I DON'T...understand why that makes some people uncomfortable.

I DO...enjoy homeschooling.
I DON'T...always feel like I'm cut out for it.

I DO...teach the classical method of learning--different from that taught in the public school system.
I DON'T...think my child will be the smartest kid ever and go to college at age 16.

I DO...believe our world is fallen and sinful.
I DON'T...homeschool to shelter my kid from the world, but to prepare them for the world! :)

Frequently asked questions: not kidding

Do your kids get social interaction?  HELLO!!!!  We don't live on a remote island in the Pacific Ocean.  Yes, my kids interact with others on a daily basis: church, play-dates, Classical Conversations, soccer, etc.  Even if we weren't involved in extra-curricular activities, they'd still be pretty social--it's in their genes.  Plus, they have one another!

How long do you intend on homeschooling?  I don't know. As of right now, I don't see an end to our adventure.

I could never teach my kids--I wouldn't know where to begin.  How do you do it?  Like anything else, parenting is a learning process. The same is true with homeschooling.  I research materials, I stay connected with other homeschooling families--it's not rocket-science.  I work at it like I would any job.

I'd love to hear from you.  If you are homeschooling or thinking about it, let me know.  Frequently, I talk with moms who are homeschooling and we air out our frustrations, encourage one another, and help each other in the process.  It's great to connect.

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5 comments:

  1. Oh boy we do have so much in common. Everything you said is exactly how I feel about my homeschooling experience. Including I NEVER thought I would home school! Best decision, EVER!

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  2. Goodness, I LOVE THIS POST! Thank you for being vulnerable and answering all these DO's and DON'ts! They are so encouraging! I can't wait to homeschool my kids someday and it is great to hear of moms who enjoy it but are honest about the struggles of it. Thank you for sharing! It makes me giggle to see the looks on peoples faces when I tell them I plan on homeschooling our kids! So interesting because I don't give them that look when they tell me where their kids go to school. haha just difference in opinion I guess! Thanks again dear!

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  3. I LOVE LOVE this!!!

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  4. Cat @ MaryMarthaMama.comJune 4, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    I LOVE your list! It's a great way to give a little perspective on your experiences home schooling.

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  5. One of these days I am going to have to pick your brain on this and get any books and resources you reccomend… like you I NEVER thought I would homeschool, and now I am researching and considering it!

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For our joy and His glory,

Leslie