When I first started homeschooling, my family and friends were alarmed. They shared their concerns that ‘sheltering’ my son was not going to do him any favors. That homeschooling would only help him stay a baby.
I don’t know exactly what they had in mind homeschooling entailed.
Though we homeschool around his interests, it does not mean he will think the world revolves around him. Just because our routine is not rigid and unforgiving, does not mean he will grow up to be a lazy person. And just because he spends a lot of time with just me or by himself does not mean he will be a social disaster.
In fact, the homeschool experience has had the positive effect of helping my son grow up a little faster and still stay innocent. I can’t say that I believe spending all day with a bunch of other 9 year olds would do more harm than good, since surviving that would become more about always fitting in and less about learning.
Homeschooling is all about learning. It’s a focused gentle activity. And at least in our house, it’s about love of learning.
Over the last three years, the concerned people in my life have seen my son grow to be a conscientious person with a growing self discipline. He may someday say he wants to join a school, and when and if he does, he will be ready to take on all the challenges inherent to it. I have no doubt.
Article By Nuria Almeida
Picture By jimmiehomeschoolmom