Why I’m Excited About Homeschooling
There’s this ongoing debate in the homeschooling community about whether people should call themselves homeschoolers before at least kindergarten age. Some argue for, because learning starts from birth and/or because many people think of preschool as a must these days. Others argue against, basically (I think) because they think learning in the early years should be considered natural rather than planned or institutional, and (another oft-cited argument) because school starts too early anyways.
Whatever. We’re learning at home. With kindergarten just around the corner, that’s feeling pretty official, pretty real in our lives. I think it is a good fit for our family, at least for now. Why?
- Miss D is able to learn at her own pace and in her own way, with plenty of one-on-one support.
- She has lots of time for playing, exploring her (often intense) interests, and participating in family and community life.
- We get to enjoy learning and playing alongside her in a relaxed, holistic way.
Earlier this year, Mr. A joined our family. It’s been quite a ride, having Miss D at home during these early months. A huge transition, for me and for her. But I’ve loved her company, and – as is often said – many days the baby has been the lesson. Now with Mr. A at 6 months, with Ua’s summer break getting closer and closer, I’m getting more and more energy for diving deeper again. I’m so glad she has been and will (God willing) be home with us!