The Home Schooling Explorers

The Home Schooling Explorers

When I became a mother, I honestly never thought I’d be a homes schooling mother.  I grew up as a typical American, going to public school.  I enjoyed much of my schooling as a child, but later on, in high school, I found it to be harsh and awful, to be perfectly honest.  I had no plans to be a home schooling family.  I had never been exposed to home schooling and was under the impression that is was only for kids from the country, or kids that lived on farms.  I got this funny impression from the way Hollywood likes to portray home schooling.

You may be wondering how we ended up making this decision.  Once my eldest daughter Kayleen began schooling, we saw very quickly that she marched to her own drummer.  She likes to learn at her own pace, and doesn’t always follow the status qou.  At the time we first put her in main stream public school, they wanted to put her in special education classes.  We agreed and she started in her class.

My heart and intuition didn’t like this new decision.  I didn’t like the labels they tried putting on my daughter.  These people knew nothing about her and yet they wanted so badly to have a nice little label to identify her. My husband and I knew we had to stand up for our daughter now and make some decisions.

I figured if those people can teach my child, so can I.  Besides, what better person to teach a child than the woman who gave birth to the child.  So our journey began, as a home schooling family.  It’s been about three years now.  I will admit, the first year and a half I didn’t really know what I was doing, and that is totally fine.  You can’t expect to get it right immediately.  It took some trial and error, but we finally found a type of home schooling that works so well for our kids.

I love home schooling so much.  Not only does it create this awesome bond with your kids, but there are literally hundreds of ways to approach home schooling.  For those of you who are parents, or who plan on having kids, I would do some research, talk to some parents of home schooled kids, and find out what it’s all about.  It’s not what parents expect, it doesn’t take as much time as you would expect, and you don’t have to be some professional teacher to make it work.