I’ve been homeschooling now for 5 years. I pulled both of my kids out of public school at Christmas break of their 2nd grade year. I’m not sure what it was about 2nd grade, but I never made it past Christmas! My initial decision to homeschool was a combination of frustration with the public school system and envy of the cool things I saw homeschoolers doing.
Homeschool has turned out to be one of the best decisions I ever made for my children. It started out as a way to give them a richer, more expansive education and has turned into something much more. It’s a way for me to raise my kids against the tide of the current culture. A phrase you’ll hear homeschoolers throw around is truth, goodness and beauty, and that’s exactly what we focus on.
Homeschooling is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, and not because I had to re-learn math. I’m with my kids almost 24/7, and all of my flaws are on full display. We know each other’s strengths and weaknesses, and it’s allowed me to observe and pray for my kids in a much more specific way than if they were gone from me for most of the day.
A lot of times on social media, homeschool is presented as this idyllic venture with Pinterest-perfect school rooms and happy hipster kids absorbed in nature study. That’s not the whole story. Homeschool is messy and hard because people are messy and hard. Even on the hard days, when I threaten to send them both to boarding school, I wouldn’t trade it.
If you are considering homeschool and you’re afraid to take the plunge, send me a message. A link to my Instagram is on the right, so you can DM me. Maybe you don’t think you’re qualified, or you worry about losing one income to stay home, or your whole family is against it. Whatever the situation, I strongly believe in the benefits of this lifestyle and I would be happy to talk to you about our journey.