Thursday, December 11, 2008

Homeschooling and Parenting

In general, intelligent parents do some sort of homeschooling every week. We teach our infants and toddlers skills they will need, and we talk to our preschoolers about letters and numbers. We help grade-school children with homework, and we answer endless questions about absolutely everything. All of this is home education.

The usual vision of the homeschool varies significantly, from children seated around the kitchen table writing in workbooks, to kids in various stages of hands-on activities throughout the house. Sometimes it looks like a tidy, orderly arrangement, and other times, it seems to be chaos. One thing is certain: no two homeschooling families are alike!

We do things somewhere in the middle most days. We have some orderly lessons at the table, but we throw in mud play in the backyard and spontaneous trips to the museum. Sometimes we do math first, other times we read, and still others, I start with our Bible lesson.

The reason I am writing about this is that I stumbled on a woman's homeschooling blog yesterday and she made some valid points, mainly that the average non-homeschooling family has some preconceived ideas of what homeschooling looks like. I have been truly blessed by my family and friends in their complete acceptance of what I am doing for my family. But even I realize that oftentimes, their ideas of what happens around here are fuzzy at best.

So, I want you all to know that I am a normal homeschooling mom. And what that looks like varies from day to day and week to week. But one things stays the same: I teach my own kids. I teach them math, science, reading, and writing. I also teach them manners, anger management, relationship science, nutrition 101, and basic housekeeping. In short, I am a parent who is entirely responsible for what my children grow up knowing. And if you ever find yourself thinking, "I could never do that," then say a prayer for me. 'Cause most days, it is more of a challenge than I let on!

Have a great day!

1 comment:

  1. I think you are doing God's work! It takes a special gift of patience, humility, sacrifice, and love to do the work of mom, wife, teacher, friend, daughter of the King, and the list goes on and on...

    I am in awe of your dedication, perserverance and humbleness to admit it is not easy and that you need prayer! I know this has been said time and time again, but Prayer is Powerful!