First off, I want to apologize to our fellow home schooling families out there. I was a judgmental public school teacher and public schooling mom. I looked at home schooling families as kind of strange. I just didn't get it. As a teacher in public schools, I had seen some bad examples of home school families. As I moved out of teaching and into motherhood, I began to see some great examples of home schooling. I saw kids who love to learn. I saw families that know each other and get to spend many hours on adventures and in discovery together. However, I still resisted the desire I had to be my children's teacher. It took a few years and a set of circumstances to push me from public schooling to home schooling.
Home schooling is not the right choice for everyone. And I have not flipped from judging home schooling families, to judging public school families. It is an amazing thing that we have a choice in this country (a right that must be protected, by the way) and everyone's choice for their family must be respected. So I can't understand why people on either side villainize the opposite side. I know that our choice to step out of the mainstream has required us to have to defend our choice to friends and family, and I accept that task. I am sure that because of my background in education, we probably get less judgement than other families, but it still comes.
I know that when we were researching the jump into home school, I benefited from many stories, blogs, books, conversations about and with home school families. So my next few posts I thought I would explore our home school from the decision to take the leap to how our days go, maybe it will help another family looking into making the leap.