My memories of middle school and high school basically subsist of trying not to draw attention to myself. While I was figuring out what was going on around me my go to strategy was to fly under the radar. Who wants to be different? (It wasn’t me.)
I think that’s somewhat of a universal experience for kids as they mature. Everyone wants to fit in somewhere. That’s why I set out to find some books about homeschoolers as main characters that would be appropriate for older kids; specifically middle school and high schoolers.
When we first started homeschooling and people asked which school my four kids attended I would kind of mumble the words “We’re homeschoolers” under my breath. Saying they didn’t go to school and sit in a classroom all day just seemed weird. Two years later and I’ve come to adore the label of “weird homeschooler.” As proud as I am of our families educational choices it is nice when my kids can see our lifestyle reflected in the books they read. I set out on a mission to uncover some children’s books that feature homeschoolers.
Reading books featuring homeschoolers make my little homeschoolers feel connected!
Homeschooling is becoming more mainstream all the time and I was shocked at the amount of books I was able to find that feature homeschoolers as characters.
How homeschool is portrayed in these books varies as wildly as homeschool does in real life. I love that. Homeschool looks different in every family!
We’ve been homeschoolers for almost two years. We’re no longer trying this lifestyle on for size. It’s a thing at our house.
I finally feel confident that I’ve got this teacher mama gig covered. My kids are learning and growing. We are adjusting to life outside of the constricts of the public school system. (All this freedom can make you a bit loopy.)
When we left school I felt a certain amount of trepidation that that I had bit off more than I could chew. Maybe a side of anxiety was thrown in that my kids might miss out on some experience that was crucial to their childhood.
Such is parenting that just as I begin to feel at peace about these issues a new one pops up.
I’ve never been big on making New Year’s resolutions. I don’t know that I’ve ever made one in my life except when prompted by a teacher’s request upon return to school from Christmas break. I’m not planning on coaxing my kids write down silly rules for themselves that they have no intention of keeping for the sake of making them “better” in the coming year. That’s not what these new years printables are for!
These are the bits to remember!
I know my kids can cut, and paste, and do all sorts of crazy things with numbers. What I really love is work that shows a little peek inside who my child is at that moment. I want to remember what they loved, what they look forward to, basically what matters to them.
I hate to say I dreaded this Monday. But, I dreaded it. I wasn’t ready to resume “the struggle” of the previous week.
(I usually love Mondays. I’m weird like that.)
The week before our break was horrid. I seriously considered sending my two less compliant children back to public school. Shoo. Gone. I daydreamed about what I would do with my spare time and bushels of patience left over at the end of each day.
The week before that while not horrible was less pleasant than I’d like to admit. It was a trend. A downward spiral that we were all experiencing; not just me, not just one child.
As a unit we were going down the homeschool pooper.
The “yes mom.” I’m afraid I may have morphed into her at some point. I’m not entirely sure how or when it happened but it left me a little unrecognizable. Yes, yes, yes…..I can do that! I can get you there and give you that and accommodate that.
Until one day I realize I can’t. I can’t and I really don’t want to anymore. As much as I love my darling little people they may have pushed me over the edge, an edge that has been a long time coming. Continue Reading
When that letter of intent to homeschool got sent off via registered mail my husband and I had many reasons for pulling our four kids out of the public school system. Like many new homeschoolers we left the system to escape Common Core and testing that has spiraled out of control, but mostly to reclaim our little family and to help our kids to become more independent thinkers. As new homeschoolers we looked forward to many freedoms, both academic and personal. But there have been a few unexpected benefits of homeschooling that snuck up on us that we’re enjoying just the same!