Here’s an interesting guest post on the topic of homeschooling:
Hi, I am the Momma from “A Momma’s View” (https://amommasview.wordpress.com/ ) and I am a homeschooling mom. Sometimes it is easy and sometimes it is not. But what I learned from this experience is, that life in itself is all about learning and gaining Knowledge. The world is nothing more than an oversized classroom.
First I was hesitating when my husband mentioned that he wants to home-school our son. Of course I had all kind of questions (not to say worries). What about socialization, what about isolation, what about teaching them the right things? Will we be able to handle it? Will we teach him right?
Today I am looking back on 6 years of homeschooling our son and 2 years of homeschooling our daughter. And it was totally worth it.
I had all those worries. Will our kids end up being the weird ones, who can’t cope with the world and wouldn’t have a clue how to move in a group? It was the same kind of stuff, that most people bring up, when we talk about homeschooling. For me homeschooling was something only really religious people do or people, who live way out there, somewhere in the middle of nowhere, with no chance to get to a school.
I guess it would have been much harder for my husband to convince me, if we would have not met that couple and their kids back then. They lived in our city and my son and theirs became friends. Their kids were amazing. Smart, polite, fun and had manners.
I honestly can’t remember why we started talking about homeschooling, but it happened and they told us, that their kids were home-schooled. It was an eye opener for me. All those pictures I had in my mind about home-schooled kids were smashed, nicely smashed, but smashed. And what also stuck to me from this conversation was what our friend then told me:
Look at nature. Look at the wildlife. Nowhere you will find a group of kids only playing and spending time with the ones the same age. They mix and match and play with older ones or younger ones. They interact with the adults. But us humans, we put the kids in a room all day with kids the same age. They have no chance to watch and learn from older ones.
Life is about constant learning. You never stop. Everything out there is important and you learn from everything. Whatever you do with your kids, if you take them to the beach, to a park, to the city, to a museum or a zoo, there is always material for you to teach. It is up to you what you make out of it. How you approach it. The books are important, but there is so much more. Follow the curriculum and get through those books but never forget the world out there. The world in itself is a huge classroom.
She said so many more things, but those words really stuck to me. And it was that conversation that made me “take the risk” and agree to homeschooling. Today I am so super happy I did say yes.
The kids thrive. They are doing great and they know stuff. Not just the subjects taught by their books but other things. Things we discover when we are out there. Things they learn from watching what is happening around us and from talking about it. Things they learn from older kids or from adults they meet. Or just things they see and then want to know more about. So we look it up.
I have to admit that I am not the teacher in our little school. My husband is the teacher… and the principal. I am in charge of the excursions… and the food and for the after school entertainment 😉 It is better this way. First of all, English is not my first language and I make mistakes. I don’t want my kids to make mistakes because I teach them to make them. Homeschooling needs discipline and to be honest, I lack in discipline. I would probably be out there with the kids learning from all the little rocks and rivers and the ocean, from the bugs and the leaves and would forget to open the books.
Homeschooling is not easy. As I already said, it takes a lot of discipline and it is pretty exhausting from time to time if your kids are always home. But then, on the other side, it is so rewarding to see, what you can actually teach your kids. How far you brought them already and just to watch how they learn. It is amazing to have them around, as tiring as it can be to entertain them all the time.
In the end parenting is like a job. You have your good days and your bad days, some days are easy, and others are hard. But this is a job I love and I would never ever want to change it.
Life is a constant learning curve. It will never end if you don’t want it to end. And I want my kids to go out there one day and keep learning. For as long as possible.