We’ve decided to homeschool.
Now, before you click away with pity and perhaps disdain, let me explain.
Our oldest daughter is 5. Let’s face it, kindergarten isn’t exactly the mountaintop of academic achievement, so it’s not like I’m taking on a monumental task here. Plus, we “homeschooled” preschool this past year and it went well, so how much harder can it be?
And we haven’t committed to homeschooling all the kids all the way through to high school. Although I don’t think that’s a bad goal. We will take it year by year, child by child.
Eliza, for her part, is thrilled. She wants to get her books and school stuff and start… yesterday. When I told her she would not be riding on the yellow school bus with the other children she was relieved and excited. I have a feeling she will be the one keeping us on schedule, just as she has pushed us this year to do more than I would on my own accord.
We are incredibly blessed to have a huge network of homeschoolers around us. I’ve already spent hours picking the brains of seasoned homeschool moms (who are very intimidating to me.. what can’t they do?? Need to churn butter and grind wheat while teaching an in-depth lesson on American history? Talk to a homeschool mom! They’re like MacGyver meets Jane Austen with a modestly dressed Wonder Woman on the side!)
So, all this to say, I am very very excited. Mostly I’m excited to be able to teach my kids about the Lord and weave the message of the Gospel and Jesus Christ into everything we do. I know that I will make mistakes and sin, but I’m hoping that even as I mess things up, God will use it for the kids to see Christ’s blood covering and redeeming their flawed mom.
If you’re still pretty skeptical about this home-schooling thing (which is perfectly fine), check out Jamsco’s blog for a funny look at the worst case scenario for socialization. After all, everyone knows homeschool kids are socially backwards– here’s some proof-positive!
Did I mention I was homeschooled for 10th, 11th, and 12th grades?
Any encouragement out there for me as we get ready to embark in the world of kindergarten? How about any homeschool horror stories?