If you don’t know, around here we run a one room school house. Yup, homeschoolers! And to add to it, this is the second generation (mind blown).
Over the 12 years we have been on this journey, as parents/teachers, we have heard a lot of questions. Honestly some of them have been the same ones I heard as a student, making them decades old 😉 We have also asked quite a few questions of ourselves. Can you even imagine some of them? “What about socializing?” “Do you have credentials?” “Where do you get the patience?” “What about science?” but not many people ask us “Why?” To be honest, if it was asked that simply I would be somewhat put off 😉 But the basic premise of it is reasonable and when we have been asked this core question it brings us back to some very good questions we have asked ourselves.
What is at the root of our decision? Why do we choose this as a lifestyle? What is our goal? Over the years, the answers to these have changed and developed. You see, in the beginning, The Man wasn’t really sure about this whole idea. He had many questions and concerns, so we started out with a simple plan to test it out on Champ for his kindergarten year. After that, it has rolled along a little more easily from year to year. There have been some years we re-evaluate each child and the options open to them, in the end we have kept them all home (so far).
Back to the question of why? As an all encompassing answer, because we want to be the biggest influence on the lives of our children! Now, don’t get me wrong, this one statement has many things that can be said about it, in addition to it, and totally separate from it (more posts someday, stay tuned), but it is really the heart of the matter. God has called us (me and the man) to raise up these children, in this time and this is the way He has chosen for our family to carry it out, for now. Some days, I am so thankful and feel blessed beyond words! Some days, I would like to run out and flag down our bus driver (who also happens to be my lovely neighbor) and beg her to take them on her route!
Not all our moments are perfect…PA-LEASE. We have struggled with reading, hated algebra, yelled about missed assignments, and failed miserably at explaining some scientific concepts. Despite me, Champ is looking into a career in the science field, and we couldn’t be more excited for the possibilities God has for him there and in the sports arena! My Girl is an avid reader with a head for strategy and love of history…which may come in handy if she runs a dance studio one day! Big Game has a real head for numbers and a heart of gold…no telling yet what he will use this for, but it’s going to be big!
The older our children get the more we see time speed up, and we are beyond thankful for getting the opportunity to spend so much of their “kid years” with them!