If you had said 15 years ago I would be homeschooling my children, I would have told you that you were crazy.
Back then, when I thought of homeschoolers, three things came to mind:
- Homeschool kids always won the National Spelling Bee.
- Homeschool families didn’t have televisions.
- Homeschool kids made their own clothes, lived on remote farms and had long braided hair.
Clearly, I didn’t have a proper picture of what it meant to be a homeschooler in the 21st century.
Winning the spelling bee is awesome (I got 4th place in my 3rd grade spelling bee and I was traumatized…that’s a blog post for another day), as is sewing your own clothing, living on a farm and braiding your hair. In terms of the no TV thing, that’s debatable 🙂
The bottom line, and one I didn’t learn until I had my own children, is that homeschooling is for EVERYONE. The misconceptions surrounding homeschoolers will probably exist forever, but that doesn’t mean homeschooling should be viewed through a narrow and clouded lens (like the one I was wearing 15 years ago).
From the day we enrolled our oldest in Kindergarten, our educational journey began to evolve, inevitably bringing us to our present circumstances. I am grateful for all the teachers and school communities who have supported my kids, but I know we are where we are meant to be.
I am proud to be a homeschooler and an advocate for home education.
We start our school day on Wednesday and three of my four kids will be home educated (our oldest is attending a private Catholic high school).
Whether you homeschool, unschool, forest school, public school or private school, I hope you check in and see what we are up to. The resources and educational insight I share through my site are meant for everyone.
Here is to a wonderful start to the school year!