Welcome to my very first post! I have an almost overwhelming list of things I can’t wait to post and chat about – but I thought the best place to start is… at the beginning! This homeschooling journey hasn’t been without its ups and downs, and what it has looked like from year to year, month to month, heck even DAY to DAY – has not always been the same.
So, grab a cuppa tea (or your favourite hot bevvie) and listen in on our journey so far, and the path it has taken us on.
When my littles were still just babies, I knew in my heart that we would homeschool. It felt like the right thing for us, and I couldn’t imagine sending them off to school. However, life took an unexpected turn and when they were 1 and almost 4 years old, their father and I made the decision to separate. This was not an easy decision to come to, knowing that I would have a difficult time home educating as a single mom, newly having to re-enter the workforce. So, off to public school went my oldest while I worked and raised the both of them as a single parent. Was it my ideal choice? No probably not. Was it the best one at that point? Absolutely.
The kids and I went through some really challenging (and sometimes dark) times after my divorce. But eventually, life stabilized and we were joined in our lives by my now-husband. Life became a lot more relaxed, fun-filled, and love-filled… and a decision was made for me to leave the full time workforce to focus on staying home with the kids, getting involved with their school activities, and just breathing and healing from the rough years the kids and I lived through.
What a blessing. I couldn’t be more grateful for the chance to be a stay at home parent again.
A day came when my kiddos realized that our friends, who homeschooled, didn’t have to go to school every day and weren’t chained to the same schoolish schedule that we were. They started to ask questions about how it all worked, and the decision was made to have a family meeting – and we all decided together that we would give this crazy homeschooling thing a go and see how it went.
Well, I’ll tell you. The day I pulled my kids out of public school, that first day that no one had to get up to an alarm or rush out the door or come home exhausted only to do 1.5 hrs of homework? That first day, hands down, is one of my HAPPIEST memories. The freedom, the lightness, the deep breathing and just BEING together… indescribable really.
(Is your tea getting cold, yet? Hang in there – I swear I’m rounding the corner and ALMOST done!)
Well our first six months or so in this new homeschool territory that we’d stepped into – it was amazing! We were getting involved with our local homeschooling community…hanging out together…figuring out how to BE with each other all day every day again… and just really getting our feet under us. Not a day passed when I didn’t wake up with a heart full of gratitude for the life we’d carved out for ourselves. In the time since then, we’ve really run the gammet as far as methods and styles and philosophical ideals – everything from unschooling to Classical Education to Charlotte Mason and a few things in between. Just learning how we want to learn (and how we teach!) and what to learn, has all been a part of the process of getting to where we are today. I’ll be talking in a soon-to-come post about this in more detail – about how we’ve finally come to where we’re happy and what our homeschool looks like these days – – so stay tuned!
This crazy life hasn’t always been sunshiney, daydreamy, blissed out days of perfection – – some have been hard, some tiring, and some days have even been a little dark. But every single day I get up knowing this is the right choice and the right life, and I wouldn’t trade any of it in for anything in the world.
So, thank you – for joining me on this blog while we chat about home – school – and life. See you very soon!