Tuesday, November 20, 2007

How We Got to Here

"Why do you homeschool?" "Don't they miss out on being with other kids and socializing with them?" "How do you decide what to teach them?" "How do you know you are doing a good job?" "Who tells you if you are doing a good job?" "How can you be with them all day long?"

This is just a sampling of the types of questions I've been asked over the past 4 years I've homeschooled Ben. Most people ask with geniune interest and curiosity; occasionally I'll run across someone who thinks I'm just nuts and determined to ruin my children and turn them into social and economic outcasts.

That is not our plan at all.

But, I'm not posting about our homeschooling plan, rather how we got started.

It's all my husband's fault.
Ben was just a baby, really, when the seed was first planted. Off the cuff once, he said, "You should homeschool. You'd be good at it." My immediate reaction was, "Man, you are nuts!" At that time, I had a stereotypical view of homeschooling and knew only 1 person who was homeschooling at the time. She was nice and all, but I just didn't think it was for me.
We moved across country, however, when my Ben was 19 months old. It was during that time that my heart began to soften to the idea. We moved to a more politically liberal part of the country, and I think that the impact of secular and evolutionary influences on my child became more important to consider.
So, I purchased a book on one of our favorite date night activities (hanging out at a bookstore after a fun dinner) -- Debra Bell's Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling. It was the perfect book for me to buy, because she held my hand from the beginning questions of "why homeschool" all the way through to homeschooling for high school. Her reasons for homeschooling --spiritual, academic and relational -- resonated with me, and I remember thinking, "Yes, I want that for us!"
I even gave the book to my father once and had him read the chapter on "why homeschool" because I just couldn't answer his questions on my own yet. After reading it, he nodded his head in understanding of our desire to homeschool our children.
That's how we started...and I'll thank my dear husband forever for his off-handed comment, his encouragement, his confidence in me, and his financial support for us to chart these wonderful waters.

1 comment:

Lisa~ said...

Great first post on your new blog! :) Thanks for stopping by mine!!