Fifteen years ago, I searched for arguments against homeschooling. And to my surprise, that search shifted my family’s next decade toward clearer vision, individualized educations, and a stronger sense of my own person.
When I first heard about homeschooling, I thought it was for off-grid families. And I was a mainstream kinda gal.
Within a week of reading a book, the Homeschooling Option. by Lisa Rivere, I was certain that the book fell into my hands for a reason..
No DOUBT, I had many doubts yet to quell. So much questioning from so many concerned family members or the general public too, and I became defensive and prepared my arguments for homeschooling.
All the while, I didn't know if it was really going to work, because it wasn't easy.
Some days I didn't want to do it at all.
Some days I was hoping the yellow school bus would stop for my kiddos.
But mostly, I saw all the benefits to this lifestyle and really just wanted to be certain that it was the right thing for our family.
With so much learning about learning, learning about my kids, listening to what an education really is, I learned that this homeschool thing WAS working.
Not the WAY I had imagined it maybe, but it definitely created independent kiddos that could hold their own in any adult conversation, confident with their peers, confident in charting their own paths.
Having graduated kids now, I can see the freedoms of this homeschool lifestyle with all its benefits, was entirely worth it.
So for the skeptical, the intrigued, and the homeschool planners, I say:
You don't have to homeschool in uncertainty and doubt.
You can create a meaningful, individualized education for your homeschool kids.
You can develop a vision for your homeschool family and not just put it on a piece of paper, but actually practice it out day-be-day.
Of course, the more time you practice, the more you'll see what I've seen.
This homeschool thing really does work!
And if you WANT to do it, you CAN do it.