Monday, July 2, 2007

Dreams, Plans, Catalogs, and More

Someone asked me about homeschooling on another post. Here's the basic story:

My parents homeschooled me for my entire K-12 education. I consider them some of the "pioneers" because there wasn't much understand of homeschooling, very few curriculums or even books about it, and much confusion about education laws. Most of that changed as I grew up. They also successfully homeschooled my sisters (Lulu & Princess), who are grown up contributing members of society now (tho' I had my doubts at times!). My brother (The Bear) is starting junior high this fall. So they've still got one to go before they can consider themselves "finished".

My personal history definitely played a large role in our decision to also homeschool. I have to say that our main reason is the belief that our children are just that: ours. God blessed us with children and we do not see a single benefit in turning them over to the U.S. Government for 12+ years. You may disagree but that's how we see it.

In the interest of full disclosure I will tell you that Prince Charming has a degree in education. But that's not why we homeschool (I do most of the actual "book" work with Polly, anyway). Prince Charming had a very nice education from a small town public school growing up. The first year we were married we both worked for a nice, well-respected Christian school. All that to say, we are familiar with different types of education and we still believe that homeschooling is the right choice for us.

Now I'm reading books on homeschooling theories, tagging catalog pages, and just generally dreaming up plans. A lot has changed since that day, long long ago, when my dad & mom prayed and plunged into the relatively unknown. If anything, I have too many options and too many curriculums to choose from!

Sidebar: If you homeschool your family you must order the Rainbow Resource catalog. This thing is thicker than our (big city) phone book. For those of you with a tiny phonebook just imagine a book two and a half inches thick of small type and hundreds of homeschooling goodies. There are other great catalogs out there but this is definitely the mother of all homeschooling catalogs.

Right now Polly and I are working through a Phonics program. It's amazing watching her figure it out. I think I almost cried listening to her read her first "real" sentences.

Tigger likes to have a "reading lesson" too, in which I have taught her the basic sounds of the letters of the alphabet. It won't be long before she'll be reading, too! And then the days of spelling over her head will be sadly over. No more i-c-e c-r-e-a-m or p-l-a-y-g-r-o-u-n-d.

But that's o.k. Prince Charming and I have known each other so long we routinely say things like, "Later when that thing is, yeah, then we'll do that, uh huh..." and actually understand each other.

1 comment:

Amy Jane said...

I can totally identify with that last paragraph. I call it one of the benefits of marriage. Your minds work in a common groove.

I've heard others describe it as "sharing a soul."

Either way I think it is a beautiful example of the sacred (connection, unity of purpose and understanding) coming down to the every-day of life.

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