Admitting to yourself that your children have weaknesses academically, and your job is a teacher is to get them to learn and love to learn at their own pace, understanding that may mean they are “behind” or “ahead” in subjects compared to the average child. Knowing their best is their best period, and true effort is A worthy, not perfection and memorization because neither of those skills are as necessary as the ability to be comfortable getting a wrong answer, because a wrong answer doesn’t mean the world is over, but it is an opportunity to learn and be creative.
The second challenge would be facing the daily criticism from others who assure you that your a crazy paranoid mother, because you don’t trust a government or private organization to teach your children. I don’t understand why people believe that learning can only be done in the classroom. Learning is sitting in a tree with a book, in a warm corner with a blanket and a cup of tea, laughing at a table with family and friends. Knowledge is also beyond measurable academics, and a person should be free to pursue more then just what a state test can measure.
Sometimes as a parent, in all honesty, it is difficult to accept their passions are not your own-that is until you watch them find their own, see the joy in their smile when they pursue what lights their heart so brightly it warms those around them.
The biggest criticism of all would be the belief that some how homeschooling will keep them from proper “socialization”. As if an institution on lock down with strict time blocks of education, meals, and limited free time, intentional sex and age segregation, unintentional class and race segregation, could some how “properly socialize” people for the “real world”. I keep hearing how homeschoolers are “weird” but I would like to know what weird looks like. Is it noncomformity? Is it suppression of character? Maybe they are weird, but they aren’t afraid to be themselves, and they aren’t afraid to love.
I hope that they grow in their God given gifts and abilities, I hope that this education I give them encourages them to pursue love, peace, and joy.
The most difficult part of all, and yet the most joyful, will be watching them leave to pursue such things.
God be with you!