Our homeschooling journey began almost nine years ago with our firstborn. She had a miserable time in public Kindergarten. She had been bullied, used as a babysitter and ignored because she wasn't a discipline problem. Our new church had home schoolers and my pastor's wife brought it all home with the fateful words, "Lizzie, if I can do it, YOU can do it."
" School is the advertising agency which makes you believe that you need the society as it is. " ~Ivan Illich in "Deschooling Society" 1970
Not having any idea what I was doing we went with a "boxed curriculum", Alpha Omega's First Grade. I felt that she could at least keep up until I figured out this whole thing. (If anyone is wondering, no, I don't recommend Alpha Omega, found it to be below grade level, though I did like the format.)
Then, providentially, I discovered the book, The Well Trained Mind, and it all clicked for me. I joined their message forums and was welcomed into this amazing group of women who have dedicated their lives to teaching their own children.
Since then, our home school has changed here and there in curriculum choices but I have always considered us to be "Classical Eclectic Homeschoolers". Here we are now, going into the high school years. It has been a wonderful journey so far. I look forward to tomorrow.
A book reads the better which is our own, and has been so long known to us, that we know the topography of its blots, and dog's ears, and can trace the dirt in it to having read it at tea with buttered muffins. ~Charles Lamb
Why we homeschool.
We homeschool for a multitude of reasons. The first is that we felt strongly called to do so.
We wanted to have the opportunity to be with our children as they grew up.
We felt strongly that 8 hours a day in a place where the government owns our children in an atmosphere steeped in secular humanism with materials that teach that they were not created in God's image, rather that they evolved from a primordial ooze, could not be countered with a few hours a day with us and Sunday school.
" Parents give up their rights when they drop the children off at public school. " ~ Melinda Harmon, Federal Judge, 1996
We wanted to be the ones who were there for those, "ah ha" moments. To give them a chance to have a childhood. To give them opportunity to be themselves. To have a style all their own and develop their own opinions and lifestyle without being peer driven. We wanted out girls to grow up as sisters and friends together. Living and learning together.
" Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. " ~ William Butler Yeats
" It is, in fact, nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry; for this delicate little plant, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom. "
~ Albert Einstein
~ Albert Einstein
" What is most important and valuable about the home as a base for children's growth into the world is not that it is a better school than the schools, but that it isn't a school at all." ~John Holt
We home school for better academics and a curriculum not driven toward passing the MCAS. We homeschool to provide opportunity for our children, freedom to pursue their interests and aspirations, to not be a slave to the public school schedule or format, calendar and conditions.
- "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." ~Aristotle
We do not home school to keep them ignorant of current events, politics, and whatever else is out there. We do not home school to overprotect our children. We do not home school for purposes of religious "indoctrination". We do not dress our children in denim jumpers nor, incidentally, would I be caught dead in one.
- Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.
Homeschooling is a mind set and a lifestyle that we chose that works for us. It isn't for everyone and it may not be for you. For us, it is a deep joy and privilege to educate our children at home.
An eternal question about children is, how should we educate them? Politicians and educators consider more school days in a year, more science and math, the use of computers and other technology in the classroom, more exams and tests, more certification for teachers, and less money for art. All of these responses come from the place where we want to make the child into the best adult possible, not in the ancient Greek sense of virtuous and wise, but in the sense of one who is an efficient part of the machinery of society. But on all these counts, soul is neglected. - Thomas Moore
" To confuse compulsory schooling with equal educational opportunity is like confusing organized religion with spirituality. One does not necessarily lead to the other. Schooling confuses teaching with learning, grade advancement with education, a diploma with competence, and fluency with the ability to say something new. "
-- Wendy Priesnitz
-- Wendy Priesnitz
I have made a page for our curriculum choices from our last several years because it is a very frequent question on the forums and honestly, I got sick of writing it out over and over. Hope it helps someone. :)Curriculum Choices Page, Newest to Oldest