Making the Homeschool Decision

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Do I or Don’t I?

Years ago, when the pressure to put the children in school began lolling around the somehow-my-life-became-the-general-public’s-business tree, (big cheesy smile) the decision had to be made.  Thankfully, changing laws made it safe to make the statement public:

I will homeschool the children. 

But … wasn’t that what I was doing anyway? Early Homeschool Moments: Mom and SonI had been educating my children since the moments they were placed in my arms – nineteen months apart – bundled in so many more blankets than I realized until the first diaper change.

Homeschool Boy

The first lesson I remember teaching:  Mama’s touch would be gentle.  That’s a big lesson for a little babe.


The second lesson was about music and melody, the sounds of the Mama.  They’d known my voice for several months, but now it came more clearly, if not more in tune.  At the least, after their welcome to the world, it sounded less like my voice was coming through an aquarium!


By just over a few days old, they had also learned I would come when they cried.   “I’m coming, I’m coming!” didn’t always mean their version of immediately.  I think they learned it well, since they would quickly add that certain pitch to their voice, you know the one that insists,  NOW, Mama!”


Within a few weeks, they also discovered I didn’t understand their exact dialect of language, but that I was a patient – most of the time – learner.

Homeschool parenthood is as much about learning, as about teaching.

What sounded like a generic cry in the first days became unique tones requesting various needs be met:  hold me, feed me, change me, leave me alone you’ve played with me enough I need space, Mama.


Life as a Homeschooler


And that was just the first few weeks.  Over the course of years, I am pleased to say, they also learned – while still at home:


  • How to put on their shoes
  • When to wear a sweater (hint: when its cold)
  • Their Colors (as if they were no one else’s, right?)  🙂
  • To count to 10 (listening to Mama learn patience probably helped with this!)
  • Books are beautiful
  • Nature walks are special in country and city
  • Food will always be provided (but not always according to taste buds’ preference)
  • How to eat their food without slapping it all over the table (ok, this one took a little longer)
  • Bath time is not optional
  • I  love them so very very much
  • and much, much more …

Homeschooling?  Radical? 

Nah … just a continuation of what we had already begun … together.



I taught what I knew and they learned and grew.



What are you teaching by heart?




Soon we’ll see how I applied those same principles of “very early education” to early education and beyond.  And where I goofed up and still wish for a time machine.

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