It is the start of another “Homeschool” year. A new year means new beginnings. Just like children grow every year, so does our way of homeschooling. For the most part we are an un-schooling family. I love it this way and they are happier for it. It means we can do things our way. It means if we are tired of books, then we can go explore outside instead. It also means that my kids are not learning in a school setting. They know how to cook, clean and even sew barbie clothes for their dolls. They can learn what they want on their own. They know how to research, do cursive handwriting, and make pancakes from scratch.
I am probably the proudest Mother. I have children whose imagination is so big that it would fill this world 10 times over. They can write stories, poetry and draw pictures to go with them. They make up their own plays and tell a story through songs and make believe. Does it sound like they are learning? Do you think they are having fun? Yes and yes!
Sometimes we use workbooks and worksheets and other times we just play word games and watch educational films. It just depends on how we feel that day.
I remember when we first began our journey to homeschool. I was a nervous wreck. Yes, I took the time to think about it. I weighed the pros and cons. I mulled it over. A friend of mine listened to my worries for weeks before I finally made the choice to pull them out of school. January 2013 to be exact. You would have lit up seeing their faces when Mama came to take her baby birds home.
It took me a good solid year to start feeling confident that it was all going to work out. Someone was right when they told me it takes time. It really did! We changed what we did for schooling so many times. I messed up, I bored them to death and I cried many times. I almost gave up. When I stopped treating our homeschool like public school, it started to become so much easier. I decided I was done trying to be a teacher. Instead, I continued to be their Mom and go to person. We aren’t suppose to “teach” but to guide our children in everything until one day they can fly on their own. Learning is no different.
So, I will keep doing what I have discovered in myself….being the best Mom that I can be. I am and always will be the one that my children can gain inspiration from. In reality, they are my inspiration in all things. Happy Homeschool Anniversary!