Our family is new to the homeschooling scene. Our oldest child is only 7, so I don't claim to have this whole education thing all figured out. Also, I know there is more than one way to accomplish the same end all parents seek, a successful, happy, productive member of society. We are currently in our second year of "officially" homeschooling. But, interestingly, not a whole lot has changed since our oldest child reached school age. That is because, to me, education is a natural process that happens with kids both through formal learning and also play.
Although we do some formal learning, like reading through some books on the Ambleside Online year 2 reading list and studying basic Latin words with Song School Latin, that is not where my main focus lies. Honestly, that is probably the least important thing I do to help my kids learn and grow.
My main objective is to create a home where education happens with little or no effort on my part.
I want ours to be a home where good books are accessible, the sewing machine and craft supplies are not off limits, and messes are permissible.
Left to their own devices, kids will learn. Education will happen. It is as natural as eating and breathing.
One of the most amazing things I have noticed since we started homeschooling is how many topics come up without me even prompting. In the last week, I have taught my kids about investments, blood transfusions and taxes. Those weren't on the agenda, but my little students were interested and I rolled with it.
I didn't need any fancy curriculum to teach my kids these topics. If I don't know something, I Google it.
Although I am sure I will have to buy some textbooks when I have teenagers and calculus, I am completely happy with the organic way that learning happens right now.
Homeschooling is not like normal school and it was never supposed to be. It is not a sit at a desk all day and recite the Pledge of Allegiance kind of operation.
Homeschool is baking experiments and balloon animals.
It is sewing projects and playdough.
Homeschool is hearing your children up late in their room reading Charlotte's Web.
It is forts with bricks and scrap wood.
It is questions asked and learning to find the answers.
Homeschool is messes, mistakes, experiments and play. It is doing dishes, rocking babies, folding laundry and playing in the mud. It is encouraging a love of learning and creativity. It is reading good books, listening to good music and reading God's Word.
What I like best about homeschooling is it is real life!
I have heard a lot of moms, who want to educate their own children, doubt their ability to do it. My encouragement is if you can read and do basic math, you most certainly can. In the right environment your kids will do most of the work anyway!