I’ve referenced homeschooling in several previous posts, but I want to really lay out my thoughts and intentions. As a whole and how I hope to implement it within our family.
I never imagined I’d be a homeschool mom. Growing up, we were all the typical “outsiders” of the homecshool community. You know…
“Homeschoolers are so weird!”
“I bet they have NO friends.”
“Do you even math, brah?”
And then I moved hours away from my tiny, wholesome hometown to a slightly less tiny, somewhat less wholesome cityville. The teachers I grew up with were my neighbors. Those teachers taught my cousins, even my parents. Those teachers came to visit when you missed school because you were sick. Those teachers knew you when you arrived to class because they had been to your baby shower.
What a blessing we had.
Moving to a new place, having my own babies, and not knowing anyone in the school system really shook me. Send my fairy waif of a baby girl to a giant school house with 400 strangers? And STAIRS?
I became a stay at home mom as soon as my first child was born, and homeschooling went from something foreign and slightly creepy to a super swell option that we would 110% figure out.
But now that it’s time to implement and really get started, I’m realizing that I’m still a bit of an outsider here. Literally every homeschool family I personally know uses full boxed curricula. Nearly half use a video version where the kids’ teachers are on VHS tape. The mention of unit studies, interest based study topics, forgoing grade systems, or library resources gets me a big ol’ side eye from them all.
A friend of mine told me she was worried about her children falling behind. Her words being, “If they’re not ahead, they’re behind.” My view is that there is no behind in homeschooling as long as there is some sort of progress and the kids are happy.
So, here I am. Branching out even further from my bubble and soaking up all the wisdom and experience I can from mom bloggers across the world, Facebook groups, and Youtube channels. Just weeks from the official start of our homeschool journey with no curriculum in sight. And I feel totally fine about it.
I’ve decided our motto will be “Home learning, not home schooling.”
No pressure, just encouragement. No requirements, just goals.
My hippie level keeps rising.