I started homeschooling over ten years ago. Before that, I was a teacher in the public school system in South Carolina. These years in teaching in the classroom and at home have humbled me, stretched me, broken me, and challenged me to think beyond the now and the typical.
When we began homeschooling, I was determined to set up a classroom in my home. I was very much in a school mindset… which is not a bad thing, but not really what homeschooling needs. I have learned over the last ten year that:
- I am not a morning person.
- I am not a scheduled person.
- I love to buy curriculum.
- I do not love to use curriculum.
- Curriculum sits on my shelf… lonely and neglected
- I was not a good student.
- I thought I was not intelligent.
- Homeschooling has been incredibly redemptive for me.
- I actually like math.
- I aspire to be organized.
- We have had a variety of homeschool spaces- a shelf in the kitchen, a room, an space in the office.
- No one actually does school in the school room.
- School happens in the kitchen, on the couch, in the car, on the bed, on the porch, in the garden.
- I am not a planner.
- I love to learn.
- My goals for my kids are so much bigger than their grades.
- Without a vision for homeschooling that is grounded in Christ, we would have given up a long time ago.
- I love talking about homeschooling.
- I want to encourage other homeschool families.
- I am a big fan of coffee… and chickens.
My hope in creating this space in the blog-o-sphere, in my little corner of the internet is to share with you our homeschool journey, to encourage you in yours, and to let you know that you are not alone. I am not perfect. I fail. I do not meal plan … or even cook dinner on a regular basis for that matter. I live in the tension between my desire for perfection and the reality that it will never happen. I have library fines in at least 4 states.