Can I be real with you? I’m talking dangerously open, honest, and exposed. My heart on my sleeve and my expectations vs. reality out in the open ready for anyone to crush in a moments notice.
Yes, we homeschool, no we’re not experts at it. I honestly don’t know anyone who is, and even though we’ve only been homeschooling for 2 years now, I’ve met a lot of people who do as well. Sure, on the outside, it may look like they’ve got it all figured out, but in the quiet corners of their home, they’re just like you and me.
This category and the posts to follow are where you’ll find all our posts regarding homeschooling. You’re going to read about why we do it, what lead us to it, our successes and most importantly (or so I think) our failures!
If you’re new to homeschooling, or if you’re considering homeschooling, I encourage you to read more.
We’ll start at the beginning here. We started homeschooling in March of 2015 when we moved to Alaska. It was something that I had always wanted to do but never had the opportunity to. Life just got in the way and it was never the ‘right’ time.
Moving to Alaska was a door that the Lord opened for us and it was a clear sign to me that this was the ‘right’ time to start homeschooling. Mind you my eldest son was a public-school child clear through high school, and even our youngest, whom we now homeschool, was a public school child as well. It was the middle of his 5th grade school year when we started.
I had this grand plan and an even grander vision of what homeschooling would be and what it would look like for us. A roller coaster wasn’t part of either of those, yet it was there, and still is sometimes.
I’ve learned a lot in these last 2 years and I would love to share it with you. You see, when I started homeschooling, I didn’t know where to turn for help, advise, information and inspiration other than the internet. And there’s tons of it available to you, but the biggest catch for me was they had all been doing it for years and years and were self-proclaimed experts, and this intimidated me a lot!
I was talking with my sister last weekend and mentioned that I would love to write about homeschooling but didn’t think I could because I wasn’t an expert. She reminded me that not everyone is looking for an expert, some people just want the ugly truth from someone who’s just starting out like themselves. So here I am, writing about it and hoping that you will not only read it but gain some insight from it. I don’t think there’s anything profound or inspirational in our homeschool lives, but I do hope that you can find some comfort in knowing that you’re not alone if you’re like us.
I always look forward to your comments, questions, and personal experiences, so please make sure to share with us if you feel like it. Maybe together, we can start a newbie movement for the homeschooling lifestyle where we all support each other and reassure each other that we’re not alone.
I hope you enjoy the homeschooling category and the posts to come.