The rambling answer to why we homeschool.

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  1. christy says:

    Well written post! I really admire home school families.

  2. Jules says:

    BOOKMARKING THIS SO HARD. I’ve been pinning up a storm saving ideas for homeschooling. I plan to start soon-ish, actually, in an obviously informal sense since my girls are 9 months old– I have a great “Homeschool for Infants/Toddlers” pin board with fun activities that are developmentally appropriate for older infants and young toddlers. I think my girls would enjoy them, and it’ll keep me sharp on thinking about their development, their preferences, and their learning styles.

    And I was WONDERING why you were pinning so much Viking stuff yesterday ;) I figured unit studies were part of it!

    I’m slightly dreading explaining to my parents that we’re going to homeschool (delaying that conversation until it becomes necessary). I’m going to really hear it from them. They already think I’m the family hippie and this will be the icing on the “seriously, what are you doing to your children” cake.

  3. sarah vine says:

    And I may be un-friend-ed by the author of the post I just linked to, I realize. (You if you can delete the post after reading, I’d appreciate it. I just had to get that off my chest. I do not want to hurt her, but I can’t talk to her face to face about it because she makes no bones about the apparent idiocy of other people’s views.)

    • azuroo says:

      I felt weird deleting one of your comments. ;) I totally see what you mean by that post. I have a feeling the decision to send kids to school has more to do with wanting to have free time and getting your nails done, ouch. And did she refer to the president as the village idiot of Kenya? LOL!

  4. sarah vine says:

    Thanks! *PHEW*. p.s. What brilliant duckling stories! Aw.

  5. laura says:

    How I love your blog. I don’t think I’ve commented since you were at the other place…but I do love it. I have three (!!) daughters and my oldest two are close in age to your two (6 & 3). My oldest is obsessed with the hope of living on a farm someday and all the pictures you post of ducklings make her giddy.
    We’re also starting first grade homeschool this year. But we live in San Francisco, CA where it’s okay to be a hippie but homeschooling is frowned upon, to say the least. It was bad enough to say we were doing it for preschool or kindergarten (hello, I stay at home with my kids…it would be totally ridiculous to send them off to school when they’re 2 or 3!), but 1st grade…people are so weird about it.
    And I still don’t have a good answer for “why?” I haven’t figured out a good way to explain it without accidentally insulting conventional-schoolers or getting into stuff I don’t want to get into. To top it off, my oldest would probably get red-shirted into some kind of learning disability dx if she were in school. At home, we know her and her quirks and there’s no need for that. But again, I don’t want to really say “Oh, we’re homeschooling because she’s special needs” (aren’t ALL kids special needs??)
    I guess you could say we are homeschooling our kids because we want to mentor them to lifelong learning and I don’t feel that the conventional model for “school” does that. I’m reading a book right now called “The Read Aloud Handbook” by Jim Trelease (you’ve probably heard of it if you’re into Charlotte Mason). HIGHLY recommend, if only for the awesome book list, but also for quotes like this:
    “What we teach our children to love and desire will always outweigh what we make them learn.”
    -and-
    “Education is not the filling of a bucket but the lighting of a fire.” (Yeats)
    I have NO point to all of this except…keep up what you’re doing. Love your kids, nurture their creativity, help them explore their interests and do your best to show them how to live without being terribly concerned what other people think.

    • azuroo says:

      Thanks! Actually I haven’t heard of that book, I’ll check it out. I wish our library had homeschooling books or any sort of books on these topics.

      • laura says:

        I actually found it at my library (although…SF has a really really awesome library system so…). It’s not really a homeschooling book. He speaks directly to school teachers. There’s a chance they might have it…

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