Three years ago, no one asked how I planned to educate my daughters. Everyone just assumed. Our lives already pulsed with the rhythm of a unique school culture, one that happened to be “all-girl.”
So when I decided to come home for a season (and thus lose the possibility of a tuition reduction), all of a sudden, I had to make a decision that I thought had been made years before.
The Education Decision.
We live down the street from an “exemplary” public school with a thriving dual language program. So the decision seemed simple. Ivan and I are both products of public education, and at one time, we were both public school teachers. I come from a long lineage of public school educators. It just made sense.
But then, unexpectedly, an old dream of mine began to resurface—the way memories do when recalled by scent. Once I allowed myself to hold that dream again, look it over and fully contemplate it, I knew I had already made the decision.
I wanted to teach my own children. I wanted to tailor a curriculum to their little personalities and learning styles. I wanted to revisit the beloved stories of my childhood and discover new treasures along the way. I wanted to watch their eyes narrow with intrigue and grow wide with wonder.
In short, I wanted to homeschool.
It took me a while to get everyone on board, but after several long conversations, I think I’ve adequately defended homeschooling as a worthy experiment. The question remains whether this experiment will evolve into a lifestyle.
And this, dear reader, is where you come in. Yes, you play a vital role in our kindergarten experiment. Because here’s the deal, this little blog might just give me the community and accountability I need to do the whole homeschool thing well.
So, I ask that you please humor me as I offer up bits and pieces of our homeschool year. I’ve been researching and planning curriculum for my 5-year-old with the same fervor in which I planned for 70 fifteen-year-olds. It has become my new obsession, which makes it so natural and easy to share. So share I will.
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