The age of our planet is always up for debate. No one alive today was actually alive to witness anything, so there will always be theories and stories to tell. But, one thing that is for certain—as far as mankind can trace humanity, humans have always learned though curiosity, necessity, and ingenuity. Some times we are driven by the wonder of something. Other times, we are driven by our need. Lastly, some just want to make things more efficient or just create something new.
I have felt for a long time, that todays schools have supressed those natural human instincts. Everything is structured, often with a pre-determined agenda, to mold generations into a certain mold. I don’t believe that we where meant to sit in a room with 10-30 of our peers for 8-10 hours a day, 5 days a week. For some, it really is too much. It takes a toll on our imaginations, which I believe to be crucial to our drive for life.
I saw both of my children loose their drives for learning in general when they where attending what some would consider “traditional schools.” Neither of them wanted to read for pleasure. Neither of them wanted to go to a museum, or art studio, or just explore the outdoors. They where burnt out. On top of that, my son was bullied at all 3 schools we tried. He’s not the typical boy. He’s not a football player or baseball player. He’s not into basketball or wrestling. He’s a thinker. He likes to figure things out and do complicated math problems. He likes to just sit along the river and think. He enjoys video and computer games. He does not sit still when he thinks or works either. He has to tap, wiggle, fidget….you know….all those things that drive a teacher crazy all day long! He just didn’t fit the mold. My daughter could thrive in any place. She is athletic, artistic, creative and social. She really takes off when she is free to chase her own questions.
Homeschooling was a scary leap of faith for me. I was homeschooled over my summer vacations as a young child by my mom. She would always spend time with us over the summer, so that we would start the new year ahead. But, I went to school all my life. Homeschooling full time was going to be a huge adventure. Fortunately, I had some amazing people take me under their wing. We have been happily homeschooling for a total of 3 years. We’ve done full curriculums and unschooling. We currently do a little bit of “paper work” and unschooling. The way we do school is just a natural extension of how we live life. I look forward to sharing our journey through this some what controversial life choice with you. I don’t want anyone to feel “Less than” while reading our story. If you can’t homeschool but wish you could, read on and dream. You may see that this life could be in reach for you. If you are a working Mom, you too are doing a great job and love your babies just as much as us SAHM’s. If you are a SAHM and you send your babies to school, that is fantastic! This is not a competition. This is about doing what is best for our families, and about what we can do with what we have. Our homeschool journey is not always pretty but it is wonderful. I don’t regret a single day. If you are in the trenches or considering the leap of faith or just flat out curious…this space is for you!
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*Here is a picture of the kids panning for Gold. Yes, real Gold. Did you know there was a Texas Gold Rush? There was! And yes, we found some specs of real Gold this day. Exciting History and science lessons!