Here's just a partial list of what I've learned as a homeschooling mom:
- Kids do not have to be surrounded all day by 25 imperfect kids their same age to learn how to behave socially (in fact, the very opposite is true)
- Doing what God has called me to do gives me great peace, even when it's particularly challenging or difficult
- Children can live a full and well-rounded life even if they're not involved in every activity and sports opportunity that comes along
- History can be fun! It doesn't have to be boring. I now love History.
- Swimming against the flow of a typical American life may be difficult, but the hard work has had more blessings than we expected and has been worth every minute
- A "good education" is not defined by getting good grades and passing tests
- Siblings can actually enjoy being with each other, instead of just tolerating each other
- Kids really can learn a lot in just a couple hours a day
- Playing with Legos is educational
- Having the freedom to teach and learn in the way that works for us results in a happy mom and happy students because we don't have to fit into a state-mandated "box"
- There is no ONE perfect curriculum, no matter how hard or long you look! (I've tried!)
* I'm not in any way claiming that homeschooling is the only good schooling option for everybody. I'm just sharing what that choice has meant to our family. :)