The number of homeschoolers is growing exponentially, but I think homeschooling’s greatest leap is yet to come. I envision a culture ten years from now where parents routinely consider homeschooling as an option for their child’s education. But how do we reach the point where homeschooling is regarded as one of three common education options (public school and private school being the other two)? I believe we homeschoolers need to do what we do best…educate! We’ve all heard the homeschool stereotypes, right? I’d like to address and eliminate those stereotypes. Who amongst us hasn’t fielded the socialization question two or twenty times? The general public has a lot of questions about what homeschooling is and what it isn’t. How many more parents would homeschool their kids if they knew it were an option, a real option? …if they knew “normal” families do it? …if they knew how to do it?
This is where you come in. I’m starting what I call the Homeschool Project, and I invite you to join me. Check out the Homeschool Project page of my site, and join in the conversation. If you homeschool, tell us about it. If you don’t homeschool, but you’re curious about it, ask questions.
I look forward to meeting you and learning from you.
It’s going to be a long journey. But, I have to start somewhere. So, here I am doing something I swore I’d never do. Of course, the more I experience life, the more I understand the phrase, “Never say never.” I was never going be anything other than a doctor (everyone told me so)…until I admitted to myself that, while I was capable of becoming a doctor, what I really wanted to do was teach and raise a family. I was never going to be anything less than an amazing teacher…until my first teaching job shattered my illusions of what “teaching” meant. I knew for certain that I would never do this or that with MY children…until I had children and realized babies and toddlers have minds of their own. I would never leave the Bay Area and all my family and friends…until Mike’s job offers led us to New York…and Chicago…and, 5 years later, back to SF. I would never give up my career to be a stay-at-home-mom (lose my identity and waste my education? No, thank you)…until I chose to walk away from a part-time teaching position I loved to move to NY with Mike and Ashby (and Ryan on the way). I soon realized, however, that being a stay-at-home-mom was more fulfilling to me than spending my day in a classroom (away from my own kids).
So, no more “never.” It’s still my natural reaction sometimes, when faced with an option that I didn’t plan, to immediately think, “no,” and feel my body tighten with anxiety. But, it’s a fleeting feeling. I understand myself well enough now to know that, given a couple days to think and process a big change, I can adapt to pretty much anything. Flexibility makes for a much better life, I think. So, this is me adapting yet again. These past experiences have brought me to today. I am a stay-at-home-mom and a teacher. I started homeschooling Ashby in Chicago, and we continue it now here in the SF Bay Area. Ryan joined in a couple years ago, too. I love where I am, and I’m thankful for all the successes and failures that brought me here. As much as I love to plan, I accept that life could care less about my plans. Much like a baby, it has a mind of its own. I look forward to seeing where it leads me. For now, I’ll focus on teaching the kids. I know I need to keep a digital record of our homeschooling adventure; but, a blog? Everyone and their mother has one, and I would never do something so trendy…until now.