I Would NEVER Homeschool! But Celebrity School…

by SomeGirl on April 14, 2010 · 8 comments

We were driving in the car on our way to enrichment classes yesterday when my oldest one started telling me all about the race car he was going to have in the future. How fast it was going to be, how it was going to look, how he was going to drive it on the street, not on a track, but that he wouldn’t drive crazy, and then he said the sweetest thing… “And Eli can ride in the back, ’cause he’s my best friend.” I thought that was SO sweet! And it made me so thankful that I homeschool… so glad that they have extra time together.

You see, I didn’t start off wanting to do it. In fact, when people asked me if I was going to homeschool (because I was a teacher by trade and most of my church friends did) I would always answer, “Absolutely………… NOT!” There was NO way I would ever homeschool! I need a break!

Then, last year, a friend at church asked if I homeschooled and I said, “NO WAY!” Her response made me scratch my head. She said, “I guess God hasn’t laid that on your heart yet.” huhhh?

Now, I’m not one to say anyone “should” be homeschooling or not homeschooling… you know how I feel about “should-ing.” I feel strongly that parents need to look at their children’s needs and learning styles as well as their needs and parenting styles to make a decision on what’s best educationally for their children. Every child and parent is different. But this is what happened to us….

After a long strand of things, which I just spent a lot of time writing but were all erased with the mistaken push of some little button, I finally decided to try it. I admit I wasn’t fond of the idea. I couldn’t even say the “H” word for the longest time. It wasn’t until I was talking with one of my neighbors and mentioned the fact that my husband was quitting his corporate job, and we were going to be able to travel with his photography business, and because of that we were going to “you know, the H word,” that I finally came to grips with it. She said, “That’s what the celebrities do.” Wallah! I wasn’t “weirdo homeschooling” I was “celebrity schooling!” I know that sounds strange, but I had made homeschooling out to be something those weird people do with those weird kids… this new view helped me rethink the whole issue. My children and I didn’t have to be weird to homeschool, and we didn’t have to be weird because we homeschooled! It’s too bad homeschooling carries such a bad rap.

Now that I do it… I LOVE IT! We have been able to take a two week road trip up to New York in the fall, several little trips here and there, spend most Wednesdays with Poppy teaching Social Studies (who is coming over in a little bit to plant a garden with the boys) and, most importantly, we’ve been able to “just hang out” together. All of this has fostered a wonderful relationship between my boys. Enrichment classes and Wednesday playgroup/Bible study helps me get the break that I need and him to get the socialization he needs. The rest of the time we are learning together, in a modified Charlotte Mason style…. a lot of life learning, some book learning.

Now, I am SO thankful we’ve homeschooled this year. People ask me what I plan on doing at junior high and I say, “I’m homeschooling this year (first grade) and we’ll see what happens next.” I have no plans yet. I did sign my oldest one up for a full day of enrichment next year at his wonderful little “school.” But, I will play each year as it comes.For now, I’ll press on with “pulling teeth” in reading in order to foster sweet relationships in my children with each other, their family, and God. I’m glad He did lay it on my heart! ♥

Btw, I write this knowing homeschooling isn’t for everyone… but if you have an inkling of desire, I’d encourage you to consider it for just a little while. It gave me comfort knowing that most schools accept students at any point during the year (and it gave my son motivation knowing that… ;) ). I won’t say it’s easy, but I can now look back at this year and say it’s been worth it!

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{ 8 comments }

John

At first glance I thought you wrote “Charles Manson” not “Charlotte Mason”.

Some Girl

hahaha… big difference! ;)

Paula Strong

If I didn’t have so many school loans maybe I would. I seriously thought about it when Daniel was younger, but then my husband was laid off and it didn’t work out. Now, I am teaching ESL and feel like that was what God wanted me to do. I minister daily to children from Africa, China, Mexico – you name it. I do enjoy my summers though when I get to focus on my family. :)

Some Girl

I loved teaching school and the children God allowed me to love on daily… those kiddos are blessed to have you! Summers are great, though! I used to joke about us teachers counting down the days to summer more than the students. It was true for me! ;)

And, thanks for commenting, Paula!!! ♥

Heathahlee

When I was in college people would ask me if I was going to be a teacher and before the word even got completely out of their mouths I would say “NOOOOO!”

Yeah. God has a sense of humor. We’re on our 5th year of homeschooling. : )

Thanks for your visit! I look forward to meeting you at Relevant!

Some Girl

He does have a sense of humor! And isn’t it good He does?! 5th year… wow! That’s GREAT! I look forward to meeting you, too! ♥ Michelle

stef

we moved to a new city right before my son entered pre-k. Everyone was shocked I didn’t know what we were “doing” for kindergarten. As if there were so many options – I’m putting him on the bus and sending him to school!!

Then my husband came home and asked if I’d consider homeschooling – I choked! “Why in the WORLD would I DO THAT to myself”? I “followed” a family of 5 for the morning and fell in love.

Turns out our son is so tenderhearted, artistically creative, and a quick learner – he would never have survived public school. He will be done w/ 1st grade the end of April!! The field trips have been awesome – and the one on one time to build up character learning lessons and focus on his faith … he was saved last year! THAT would not have happened at school!!

all the best – thanks for the “fan”
Stef

Some Girl

Isn’t that WONDERFUL!! Funny how God changes our plans… and aren’t we glad He does!? Thanks for the comment! ♥ Michelle

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