People often ask us why we first decided to school our kids at home.
We started in 2006, which seems forever ago, so it’s hard to remember all of the reasons why we turned away from the public schools.
Luckily, I wrote down a conversation I had with my son a few months before we made the decision.
He was in second grade at the time.
Me: “Did you go to the library today?”
Him: “Yes, I found a Bailey School Kids book!”
Me: “Cool. You can read it tonight.”
Him: “No, I already read it.”
Me: “What? When?”
Him: “Today, during my free time.”
Me: “Exactly how much free time do you have that you could read an 80-page chapter book in one afternoon?”
Me: “And what is the teacher doing during all this free time?”
Him: “Making sure we’re quiet.”
Me: “Uh-huh, are you sure she’s not doing her nails or taking a nap or something?”
Him: “No, she helps the kids who need help, and the rest of us have free time.”
I’m sure that this, combined with a host of other things, lit the fire for us to try something different.
We’ve never doubted our homeschool decision. It hasn’t been easy, but it has been totally worth it.
My kids have succeeded well beyond our expectations.
My son is taking college courses at the age of 16, while my 8th grade daughter is on track to do the same.
I have a feeling that my son and daughter would not have thrived as they do now if we had stayed with the public schools. They would have learned to keep their head down, to work quietly, to move forward, and, certainly, to do as well as necessary to avoid attention, both negative and positive.
I’m not sure the fire for learning would still be burning as brightly for them if we’d made a different decision way back then.
To be fair, it’s all conjecture at this point.
The homeschool decision worked for us. That’s the one thing I do know.