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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Don't Think "Duggar"

Right after typing that, I thought, "Everyone's probably going to assume I'm pregnant again or something".

If that's what you're thinking,

  • rewind
  • don't go there
  • try again
When I think "Duggar" or "Duggar family", I think of many children and HOMESCHOOLING.

Allow me to key in on that last word for the remainder of this post.


The hubster and I have thought about this in great detail. We've discussed it, visited schools, and ended up deciding that we will be homeschooling our family. Alex will begin kindergarten this fall and Eliana will be introduced to preschool where she'll go at her own pace {she wouldn't begin preschool for another year in a formal school}.

No, I don't think schools are evil. No, I don't think less of those who send their children to school. No, I don't want to raise my children in a bubble. No, I don't want to brain-wash them. No, I don't worry about "socializing" my children {I plan to keep them active and give them a healthy world-view}.

The truth is, I've wanted to be a teacher since I was little. Well, I wanted to be a teacher and a mom. I believe God will show us what we're to do with our lives and I'm excited that I have an opportunity to do both things at the same time. Not to mention, I was taking college classes to teach. If  I was willing to go to the trouble of planning for and teaching a whole classroom of children, it only made sense that I would be willing to do the same for my own children.

Is this a forever thing?

Believe me, I kind of start hyperventilating when I think, "I'll be teaching in my home for the next 18 years". What's the sense in that kind of pressure? My husband and I decided to have a conversation at the close of the school year. In that chat, we'll decide if we should enroll our kiddos in school the following year or do another year at home. We've talked about trying to teach from home until junior high, but WOW...that's a long ways away. It's better that I focus on the year ahead of me and nothing more.

I'm currently shopping for my curriculum and had an opportunity to take some workshops recently. I know that we're doing the right thing for our family and I'm SO excited about it. When we find a home to move to {yah...still hunting}, I'll be setting up my classroom and will share all of that with you too. I've been drawing a lot of inspiration from Pinterest for activities and such.

I know there are going to be hard days. I know on some days, my husband will come home to find me walking around with eyes as big as saucers and hear about how I've hit a wall. "Mama said there'd be days like this". But with the good comes the bad and with the path we're taking comes work. The benefits are worth it.  My kiddos are worth it. My family is worth it.

**Someone screen shot that and save it so you can remind me when I hit a wall. Mmmkay?**

Do you homeschool? Any helpful hints? {I'll take all the advice I can get.}



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