5 Confessions of a Homeschooler

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Another list today!  Not all of you homeschool, but if you do, or are considering it, I hope this is an encouragement to you.  If not, you will get a glimpse into our lives…

1. My kids are unsocialized – they get along with each other, relate to people of all ages, and don’t care that they don’t have an iPod or a cool pair of sneakers.
2. I don’t have a teaching degree, know a foreign language, and stink at algebra (in fact, I really don’t know what I am doing at all), YET my kids have two important life skills – how to learn and a love for learning.
3. My kids have been taught about our world and their faith at the same time. We’ve seen how the history of the Jewish people fits with the history of the rest of the world (and not just in the context of WWII). We’ve explored the relationship between religion and science and seen that they aren’t really at odds with each other after all. We’ve learned about cultures, languages, and religions from all over this amazing planet and as a result understand better what we believe and why.
4. We rarely use our school room – we “do school” in the living room, yard, deck, park, van… And, along the way we’ve noticed that most park docents love homeschoolers. Why? We have time to visit at our own pace, ask questions, and explore the things that really interest us…
5. I have a hard time keeping track of attendance because the line between “school” and everything else is very blurry…when school work is done for the day,  my kids can often be found practicing an instrument, volunteering or working at the library, taking walks in the woods, taking pictures, learning sign language, reading anatomy and physiology textbooks, drawing and painting, cooking dinner, bickering, leaving their belongings all over the house…

What about you?  If you homeschool, what are some things you’ve noticed and appreciated along the way?  I’d love to hear from you!

*Please note, this list focuses on what has brought me joy in our journey as homeschoolers.  It is not intended to be construed as a criticism of those who don’t homeschool.  I know some of these characteristics can be found in traditionally schooled kids as well!  But I am happy about this choice we made for our family and the way it is turning out!