I was once asked why I needed to explain my reasons for this homeschooling life.
Just live your life. I’m not going around explaining why I put my kids in school.
Yes. I can see that point. Yet, when one is asked near-daily about our decision, I’m likely to seriously contemplate my reasons, to have a ready answer, and to engage in some heavy discussion.
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same.
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
I don’t claim to have captured the charmed life. I don’t claim to have captured perfection in any form. (Ha, I can only laugh when I even write it as though it were a possibility, when most of yesterday was spent in aggravating tete-a-tete with my daughter over multiplying and dividing fractions).
But it certainly is a charmed life, this homeschool life.
The benefits of intentional, parental socialization (not peer socialization), a rounded, personalized education (not one-size-fits all school experience), a confidence-building environment (not a fear-based comparison environment with a follow-the-leader group think environment.)
There are so many charms to this homeschool life. I will continue to follow this road not-so-often taken, because it has made all the difference.Teresa wiedrick, author of Homeschool Mama Self-Care: Nurturing the Nurturer