While this year we are homeschooling in a different way (a virtual public school), we are planning on traditional homeschooling next year. Going against the normal way is never easy, and you can often feel like you’re alone – even when you’re not.
Now, I chose this route for a variety of reasons, all of which were focused on helping my daughter (read more here) and I’m often questioned about whether I am choosing what is really best for her.
So how do I look at it?
Each person who is questioning my decision is looking in from the outside. They didn’t see what went on last year in 1st grade. They didn’t see the pain, frustration, and anxiety building throughout the year. All they see is what is happening now. And while there are still some residual challenges, I see the vast improvements and healing that has occurred over the last several months – reinforcing that I did in fact make the best decision. But that doesn’t change what others think or reduce all the questions I get.
So periodically, I like to take time to look at what we do, what we have accomplished, and to remind myself why I chose this path, that I can actually teach my own daughter, and prepare some simple responses to common questions from the critics and the curious alike.
Here’s a great article that points out 10 simple thoughts on
homeschooling that you should put in your pocket. 🙂