Have you ever encountered that blank stare when you explain that you teach your children at home? It seems that homeschooling can be a difficult concept for some ordinary folks to grasp.
At Happymess we have been homeschooling for the past 6 years, and we have loved every minute. Yes, there have been some difficult days. And yes, there have been some days that have been less than productive. But isn’t that always the case? In general, we have been happy and busy. We have been learning at home and enjoying the company of one another. It has been an adventure and a blessing.
So what is homeschooling (for the uninitiated)? Happily, homeschooling is different for every single family. I think this is one of my favorite things about homeschooling. We can all do it whatever way we want. This is why homeschoolers make some of the most interesting friends.
Some of us follow specific curriculums, some allow the child’s interests to lead the way and some balance several different approaches. Homeschool Happymess is in the later category. We carefully select our topics, choose the best program or book for each topic and combine that with regular “real life experiences” that bring the topic to life. Our goal is to inspire the student.
Dare I take the mystery out of homeschooling? Homeschooling is, simply, teaching your child at home. It provides the opportunity for positive family relationships. Homeschooling allows you to focus on the topics and values that you find most important. When you teach your children at home you can ensure that they actually learn the material, this is one of my favorite aspects of homeschooling.
Like good home cooking, homeschooling allows you to choose the intellectual nutrients that will create a balanced diet and will allow your children to grow and develop into responsible and loving members of their community.
Let Me Count the Days: Homeschooling is anytime you take responsibility for teaching your child, whether or not they are enrolled in school. Learning something at home is for every family.