The last few days, I’ve shared helpful hints for homeschooling.
Right from the start I loved homeschooling! I loved setting up the room and filling in my calendar. I enjoyed ordering books and soaking up wisdom from friends! For our family, homeschooling has been a great experience, one that we will always treasure. As much as I love homeschooling and as great as this process of learning together has been, in the Fall our family is making some changes.
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Back in 2008, I wrote about our decision to homeschool, “I have such a peace now that God will open and close doors for our family and the only thing we are responsible for as parents is to be near to Him and to listen to Him for guidance! As we seek Him for wisdom He will be faithful to provide!” This year, as we have prayed for direction for the 2012-13 school year, it has been made clear to my hubby and I both that God is preparing us for a new chapter. In April, we toured our awesome local public school and felt an overwhelming peace about moving that direction. The five of us are excited about the growth and blessings ahead as we transition to a new routine. Together we know that the best place for us is walking in the light of His path.
Do you worry about your kids being socialized? Like I shared in previous posts, as a mom, I definitely worry that I’m doing all that I can for my kids to succeed in their life passions. As I explore the needs of each of my children and direct them to grow in areas that sometimes challenge them, socialization hasn’t been something I’ve worried about for even a second. We are involved at church, with other homeschool friends, neighborhood kids, ballet classes, sporting teams, a fine arts school they attend weekly, and together the three of them are more creative than I often have the patience to enjoy. LOL. Opportunities to socialize is endless!
Do I think that we’ll homeschool forever? I guess I answered that one just a second ago….very unlikely. But, our experience with homeschooling has been so great, I’m not saying we won’t ever open the door to it again! Year by year is our motto!
Do I feel that my kids have learned enough through homeschooling? It’s documented that statistically, homeschool children rank extremely high when tested against other methods of schooling. My goal as a teacher has always been that my kids would most of all, walk away from their education with a love for learning. Each has their strengths and each has areas that require them to try extra hard, but that’s the beauty of watching them learn together! As I’ve told my kids before…the last four years, they’ve had the toughest teacher they’ll ever have throughout their school career…and that’s as true of a statement as the earth is round!
And that wraps up our homeschool discussion…at least for awhile! XO, Aimee