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I Appreciate How My Home School Mom Did This: Boomerang Learning (Especially on the Topic of Writing)


Home Schooling’s Black, White, and Gray Series 1, Episode 3

My Mom tells me that at age two I filled pages with squiggly lines because I already loved “writing.” My Mom modeled writing for me, and since her Mom was also a writer, the writing gift flowed down to me.
In our home school, Mom gave each of my siblings and I thick notebooks, which we decorated and turned into journals. This week I’ve been re-reading that journal, and it’s taken me back into the quiet home school life of when I was aged eight, nine, and ten.
I have journals that I started writing at age 8 and go to the present time. From about age 10 until age 25, I journaled about almost every day of those fifteen years, and I treasure those entries. Re-reading these journals gives me a stronger remembrance of my thoughts about being home-schooled, some of which I will share with you here and in future posts.
My Mom chose the type of parenting where she showed us how to do something (as much as she knew) and then, like releasing a boomerang, she let us go, and we would go out as far as we could, come back, touch base a bit more, and then go out farther the next time, eventually passing her skill level. With me she did this in the areas of sewing (she taught me how to use her sewing machine, and then let me sew!), cooking (I started helping her when I was two, and by age 12 I cooked a lot of our family’s meals), and writing. She still helps me with my writing at times, so we are still working together in that area. She catches mistakes and is an effective proofreader! The biggest thing my Mom has done as my writing teacher is being my encourager; she started when I was two and has never stopped.

This is a drawing of my Dad chopping firewood from my first journal.

By M. H. Campbell Copyright 2014

Author: mary.campbell.schuh

Hello Friends, A curious, kind, practical, and energetic writer, wife, mother, and teacher is one way to describe me. I enjoy thinking about transitions--in schools, churches, families, relationships, and even countries. I'm passionate about learning, and I love working with people. Stop by often to see which kind of transition I'm thinking about, and I would appreciate hearing your thoughts. Peace! ~Mary Hope

26 thoughts on “I Appreciate How My Home School Mom Did This: Boomerang Learning (Especially on the Topic of Writing)

  1. Wonderful idea of your mom. Wish I’d have had it for my kids!


  2. How beautiful and encouraging for me to read this. Can’t wait to learn more about your journey!


  3. Reblogged this on A Momma's View and commented:
    The other perspective of homeschooling. Love to learn more about how it feels to actually BE home-schooled.


  4. We Moms usually have no idea how much we’ve effected our children until we see “us” in “them.” Thank you for encouraging us, the moms.

    P.S. Please have your friends follow my blog. I think they’ll find similar ideas and encouraging words about the wonders of being a teacher, whether in their homes or in a classroom.


  5. Looks like her plan worked.


  6. I love this… I was home schooled and um now home schooling my older (2nd grader)

    I look forward to more post!


  7. You sold me. this sounds like the kind of Blog I like to follow, so I’ve already hit the follow button, and I’ve read this article (which was great), and I’ll be back for the next one if the follow button works the way its supposed to. Keep on writing, and I’ll read you later.


  8. What a lovely tribute to your love of writing and to your mom for encouraging you… Thank you for sharing!!!


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