Once upon a time, about seven years ago, my game developer husband decided that he may want a career change. He took a job working for a local school district’s IT department. He learned a few things working at the school district. 1. He was much happier making video games and 2. He was not impressed by the public school system. We’d already been considering homeshooling for our oldest child, but some of his experiences working there cemented our choices.
After a short experiment in IT, my husband left his job and went back into gaming, and I was researching homeschooling. At this point, my oldest was only two, my middle child was a teeny baby and my youngest wouldn’t be born for three years. But the more research I did, the more that we felt homeschooling was right for us. So my kids never went to school.
Today, my oldest would be in third grade, my middle child would be in 1st, and I have a 3 year old running around the house as well. Our house is full of art supplies, science projects, many, many books, chaos, and love.
Our days are filled with reading and exploration,
field trips and nature.
They’ve had the chance to embrace family.
And be the unique people they were born to be.
Homeschooling has given us so many opportunities. I am not going to lie and say that every moment has been wonderful. Sometimes it’s really, really hard. I have days where I want to hide in my bedroom, drink coffee, and let the kids take over he house “Lord of the Flies” style. Most of the time, though, it’s a huge blessing. I love giving my kids the freedom to fully explore their interests, the ability to learn at their own pace and the freedom to wear butterfly wings while they do math. We’ve had many opportunities to travel that we would not have had if we’d been held to a school district schedule. When my oldest, who has Asperger’s, was younger, he was able to receive lots of therapy, 9 appointments a week, because we didn’t have to keep to a school schedule. He’s come so far and that point in his life was vital to that progress.
I know that homeschooling is not for everyone, but it is a big part of our story and it’s part of my life I love to share with others.