Like every other family in America, schooling will look different for us this year. We officially made the decision to homeschool. However, our switch to homeschooling was not a reaction to COVID like most people. Homeschooling has been on and off our hearts for a really long time.
When we lived in the south, I had many friends who homeschooled. I was so fascinated by it. But my oldest is an extrovert, and I felt our personalities often clashed when I tried to teach her things and switch to “school mode” at home. So, I doubted myself. I doubted my ability.
But Then Things Changed
We started having some concerns with my oldest child’s school when she was in first grade. We loved her teacher, but she struggled academically due to her ADHD. When I brought this up (over and over again), I was met with a lot of resistance. The teachers and administration told me that she wasn’t failing enough and refused special needs services. Can you believe that?!
Finally, we decided that public school was not working for our family in January 2020. So, we made the decision to homeschool the following year. We told the kids our decision (they were so excited!), and I started researching homeschool methods and curriculums (curricula?).
The World Came Crashing Down
We all know what happened next. When schools closed in March 2020, and withdrew my daughter from school. I already ordered some homeschool materials, so we started our homeschool journey right then and there.
It was so great! Even with having to take breaks as I recovered from COVID, the kids learned a lot. Best of all, we saw them grow closer as siblings, and they had fun with school. We finished school in May and took a break in June to enjoy the summer. It was nice to have those weeks to slowly ease into and discover what homeschooling would look like for our family.
We officially started our new homeschool year the week after the Forth of July. I have a second grader, a Kindergartener, and a toddler (who will still attend preschool two mornings a week). We are about three weeks in, and so far so good…I think. Just kidding! It’s been great.
We are learning new rhythms and routine and learningg to give and receive grace and when to push through and when to take it slow. I have loved all of it. I love seeing my kids learn new things and knowing I was a part of that.
School is going to be different for everyone this year. Some families are deciding to homeschool; some are choosing virtual school, and some are choosing in-person school (as much as the districts will allow). There are no easy orstraightforwardr answers for any of us. I am here for you. I support you. I’m actually going to be sending my youngest to preschool! What works for our family might not work for your family, and that’s ok! Please sharee with me what you and your family will do this fall in the comments.
5 thoughts on “Our Decision to Homeschool”
I have a question for those entering the new era of education, for we believe even after the current “crisis” in over, online teaching will be part of schools, perhaps as a form for students and parents to review lessons previously taught. What kind of education will the students receive? Most teachers, and certainly good ones, know that teaching is a challenging career, but one well-worth the time if young people are prepared for the future, teaching them to venture forth without fear, but with energy, preparations, and joy for opportunities. Will teachers be able to interact with their students? Will they be able to think outside the box? Will they be able to supplement lessons and create innovative projects? And as each day passes, with thousands, even millions of words being spoken, will they feel comfortable knowing every parent, every adult, every administrator, every agency, will forever have access to every word spoken for it will forever be in computer land. And knowing this, as the years pass and some teachers are fired for something they said once, years ago, how will other teachers feel about the profession and their ability to be a positive example in young people’s lives. Or are we all going to experience a sterile environment, realizing every word spoken will be scrutinized, up for debate, and many will have to go to education camps if they want to keep their jobs. What will the future look like? **Home schooling is real: as real as it gets. And together, parents and their children can pave the way to understanding, education with no boundaries, projects, and preparation for real jobs and careers. As I once told a sibling, you can teach young people some things in college, the parts that prepare for the future. Cooking, small businesses, science experiments, and more.
These are all such important things to think about moving forward. I do really think that traditional “school” as we knew it will be a thing of the past for quite some time. Families will have to weigh many options and factors for determining what is best for their own children. That might look different for each family, and that’s ok.