Talking about Homeschooling

Today I got to sit and have coffee with a friend who is contemplating homeschooling.

When I talk to people about homeschooling, it’s usually other homeschoolers and we don’t really every talk about the why.  It’s about new methods, new books, new authors, new curricula.  I rarely sit and chat over coffee about why I do what I do.

Today I found that my love of my job has grown tremendously.  I had the chance to explain why I use the many different pieces of curricula that I use, and it reinforced in my mind and heart that we’re doing the right thing.  Not that I usually doubt that, but still… it’s good to remember the whys to our whats.

I have also learned that I’ve gotten more confident in my job.  Not that I’ve necessarily figured it all out, but I have figured out what does and doesn’t work for my kids.  And I have reached the point that I don’t really care if someone disapproves of my methods or my choices in subjects to teach.  Sure, when I hear that so-and-so has her kids in Latin, Spanish, and German I begin to worry that the little bits of foreign languages my kids have been exposed to are not enough.  But then I regain my confidence and realize that I am still the best teacher for my children at this stage of the game, and I let it go.  I choose to let it go.

I realized that I’m in a window of time that is absolutely precious and will be gone before I can blink an eye:  All four of my children are living at home, are best friends, and are still kids.  I’m learning that time flies and I can’t slow it down, but I can slow ME down.  That’s why I’ve cut out so many extra things, including really amazing things that I never imagined I’d let go.  For now, I’m homeward-focused and I don’t regret it.

I love my job.

This is a notepad that one of my former “real” students had made for me.  The text in the white space in the center are notes I want to remember each day, but since I don’t like my handwriting, I cheated and used Picasa!

And I’m going to take my own advice.  The boys have been asking for hot chocolate quite frequently and I’ve found myself tired of saying no.  Tonight I said “no” quite exasperatedly (is that even a word?) and then, an hour later, found myself drafting the above image.  I think I’ll have mugs of hot chocolate waiting on my crew for breakfast!  I love my job!!

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9 Responses to Talking about Homeschooling

  1. Jen – you have no idea how many women you have influenced over the years about homeschooling – I am one of them! Thanks for posting today.

  2. Ellen says:

    Thanks for writing about your homeschooling on here. I have 3 boys, and I’m just starting on the journey with my oldest. My husband was an Air Force chaplain’s son, and they were stationed in Germany when he was 1st-3rd grade. He has a lot of wonderful memories from those years, and I envy him those sometimes. I enjoy reading your blog for multiple reasons. =)

    • Jennifer says:

      Hi Ellen!

      I loved reading your It’s Wednesday post! So funny. I loved the picture of the brothers going down the slide! Precious!

      Yesterday the 2yo fell off his ride-on toy and the 8yo “helped” him up. As he brought him to me he said, “I may have hurt him even more when I picked him up by the neck.”

      (Fortunately I had watched the entire incident and Bailey had not quite picked Parker up by the neck, but close. I thought it was pretty funny. And adorable.

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  4. Ellen says:

    Hey, Jennifer! Yes, I was homeschooled from 1st-12th grade. That was back in the day when it was totally weird. =) It worked so well for me and my brother that I can still feel confident that we’re on the right track on those really bad days…. =)

    • Jennifer says:

      Oh, I remember how weird it was. We were worried to be seen in public because people might try to call and report me! I loved being home schooled and when I became a teacher I saw just how much time is wasted in the classroom. That was one of the main factors in my deciding to homeschool my own children. I have the rare situation of having been a part of almost all of the sides of the equation:
      A home schooled kid.
      A public schooled kid.
      A public school teacher.
      A home school teacher.
      And I worked in after-school at a private school for a few years.

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