After a full year of contemplation, prayer and research, we’ve decided to homeschool our three boys this year (Joshua, Brigs and Noah – plus I have my toddler Lola at home with us too). Wow it’s almost overwhelming to type that, our life is full and busy. So much thought went into this decision, and I’ve had alot of questions from family and friends as to why and how we decided to jump in and do this. “Why Daria? Why?” I don’t profess in anyway to be an expert on homeschooling, I’m a newbie to this world and it’s vast and slightly intimidating to me.
The first part for me was moving out to BC and discovering that the public school system wasn’t working well out here. Teacher’s were on “work to rule” the entire year, on the brink of striking (they did in fact strike for a short time), and the kids felt it for sure. The class sizes were huge, Joshua was in a class of approx. 32 kids last year and he’s the kind of kid that needs more personal attention. I am not bashing public education, I went to public school and LOVED so many of my teachers and experiences that I had there. I’m not against public school and my kids may go back in the future. But the opportunity to homeschool with mentors of my own was too sweet to pass up!
When we moved to the island I discovered this vast community of homeschoolers, many of whom have become my dearest friends out here. I watched their families, and loved what I saw. They have children who LOVE and I mean LOVE to learn. They are by no means socially awkward or unsocialized as seems to be the main concern for society with homeschooling kids. In fact, these families are centred on God and family, they are social, they are active and actively learning, they serve others regularily. It’s a beautiful thing. I’m lucky to see my friends teaching and mentoring their children over a wide span of ages and abilities, kids that are excelling and graduating early, and some are already heading off to University.
In the past, I was always the Mom who would be crying on the first day of school, I love being with my children and it was so hard to let them go. What a treat this year to be able to have them home with me and be able to witness each interest and thing that they discover. We’re learning together. Noah struggled so often last year with just wanting to be home with me, he’s very much a homebody and craves being nurtured right now. He’s a big part of the equation, I knew that he just needs me for longer and that’s ok. I also saw my oldest son Dylan totally burnt out on learning in his last few years of school, for him it became more about getting finished than about wanting to learn more. He’s on my list too this year, he may be 18 but he’s still at home and therefore is a big part of what we will be doing. I just want my children to know that learning is a wonderful thing we do our entire lives, we never stop.
I knew that my kids needed something different at this point of time, and felt right when I found out more about this. Thomas Jefferson Education, it’s based on mentoring your children in leadership education. It’s AWESOME and definitely a book worth the read!
Stacking up a Castle with Red Solo Cups
I’m excited to see how this year progresses, and how my thoughts evolve as we actively pursue this. Bottom line I just felt like my kids needed something different at this time of their lives, and through discussions with friends, research, reading and prayer I felt that this was the way to go. Good luck to any of you who are considering this method of education. I wouldn’t be doing this personally without a supportive spouse, and an active and awesome community of homeschool families around me. Luckily I do right now, so full steam ahead! – Daria
Oh look what I found! 55 reasons to Homeschool how fun! I agree with some more than others on this list, but still interesting.