Friday, August 12, 2011

Reason Enough to Homeschool


Where I live, the public schools begin in early August. Summer still—the hottest month of the year—and kids are sitting in slick chairs, pencils sharpened, new shoes still a little tight. I imagine a little boy just my son’s age watching a fat bee hover outside the window. He can’t hear it buzzing, of course, because the air conditioner drones at high speed, drowning out the sounds of bees and the smell of sunshine and dry grass.

We started homeschooling 12 years ago because…

• We thought it was silly that our then-first-grader spent time each week in public school devoted to filling in bubbles on a test page. He and his classmates were practicing for the standardized tests they would have to take in second grade. …

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  1. aidan took his very first standardized, fill in the bubble test this past spring. i figured at 17 it might be time....:)

  2. Loved this post! I'm fairly new to homeschooling and am looking forward to following you.

  3. I always have a hard time summing it up, too. I love "that knowing feeling"-that's how I feel too. Thanks for sharing this!

  4. We homeschooled, I think, number one, because we had both been "educators" and saw where the system was headed. We had also been handed the book "Home-Grown Kids" and basically looked at each other after reading the book, nodded our heads, and knew what the ONLY choice for education would be!

  5. We homeschool because I love teaching my kids, and love having them around. I'm just not ready to share them with the world all day every day. Someday, yes, but not yet. LOVE your photo!! Thanks for linking up!!!!


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