There’s no other way to say it except to shout it from the rooftops – we will be homeschooling again beginning in January! I look forward to the days here learning together, completing chores, talking, taking field trips (because high school students want to go on field trips too – my son told me so!), and equipping him for the adult years that are no longer at all far away. Gratefulness fills me as we are preparing to dive back into the homeschool world, once again.
Preparing to Dive Back into the Homeschool World
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When our family stopped homeschooling about two and a half years ago, I didn’t know if we would ever be able to return. I did hope, though. I had adored the ten years I spent facilitating the learning of my five children here at home, even on the toughest days.
Homeschooling is not an endeavor to be taken lightly. Alongside being a parent, it is one of the most challenging jobs I’ve ever held as well as one of the most rewarding. I have always kept the possibility open, and I told my children at the end of their (public) school year last May that they could come back to homeschool if they chose to. At the time, none of them were ready.
The topics has been discussed briefly a few more times over the months since their new school year began, but not in a serious way. Until recently, when my 15-year-old son asked me if I “really meant” he could homeschool again. We discussed his reasons for considering it, he gave it more serious thought for a few days, and ultimately, he decided that he wants to come back home. I must admit, this mama heart is so glad.
Homeschool Community Regained and Relationship is Everything
I have missed my homeschool community, both online and in real life. Though I have still been in some contact, especially online, with all of my homeschool friends, it hasn’t been the same. Being back in community will be amazing.
I have missed the time I used to spend with my children. Yes, spending all that time together sometimes was hard. And if I’m honest, now that they have been in school many hours each day, it is an adjustment when they are home over breaks. Just being real. But I know that we are capable of adjusting again to a new reality. I’m thankful for the opportunity. Learning and growth are always good!
The years truly are short. I praise God that I have these last few years, when my son is still living in our home, to pour into him even more, to know him better, and to bond with him in a whole new way here at home together. He’ll be off on his own adventures soon enough, stretching his wings to fly. I’m excited to have the chance to help him learn to soar.
Preliminary Homeschool Plans in the Making
I’ve begun making our preliminary homeschool plans. We have always been somewhat non-traditional in our learning, and I am thrilled with the resources I’ve been finding. Check back here soon for a blog post where I will share the resources we will be using for the second semester of the 9th grade year.
I do want to go ahead and share that my most favorite book ever for any homeschooler is the unschooling handbook: using the whole world as your child’s classroom.
Whether you ever transition to unschooling or not, there are so many thoughts and ideas within this book that give a wonderful picture of what learning actually looks like in the world. Learning does not have to take place by traditional means, though it can. I highly recommend this book to all of my homeschool friends. Consider picking up a copy for yourself. You won’t regret it!
Have you started homeschooling again recently? Or are you a new homeschooler in your first year? Share in the comments what you are grateful for along your homeschool journey.