“The question is not,—how much does the youth know? when he has finished his education—but how much does he care? and about how many orders of things does he care? In fact, how large is the room in which he finds his feet set? and, therefore, how full is the life he has before him?” —Charlotte Mason
As a teenager in the early nineties, I never knew there was such a thing as homeschooling. But at the age of sixteen, I met a homeschool family in a Christian bookstore. The children were friendly, cheerful, and articulate, and after meeting them, I knew I would home educate any future children I might have. When I met my husband five years later, I was amazed to find that he shared the same dream!
We're now entering our nineteenth year of homeschooling. Our oldest two children have graduated from our homeschool, and this year we will have a senior, a tenth grader, and a sixth grader. I can't believe how quickly the time has gone. Almost twenty years of learning together!
I can honestly say I would do it all over again if I had the chance. Of course there were challenging years of sleepless nights with newborns, and trying to balance nursing babies and toddlers with school time. But mostly I remember all the happy times we've had together. Reading aloud, going on nature walks, learning about history and science and geography, watercolor painting and art projects, teaching each child how to read, making homemade butter and playdough and so many other things. Mostly I have just loved our everyday life together.
Today our homeschool curriculum plan for this year is on the blog! (Link in profile or go to ArtfulHomemaking.com)
Are you homeschooling this year? If you're considering homeschooling your children, do you have any questions you've wanted to ask another homeschool mom? ...