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FINALLY!!!!! A Homeschooling Post!!!!

It’s finally here. A post about one of my favorite subjects —- homeschooling. Since I hope to post about this subject often, I’ve struggled with where to start. So, why not start at the beginning. The very beginning.

Sometime toward the end of my oldest daughter’s Kindergarten year in a small private church school, I realized I was going to have to start thinking seriously about the next step. The school was a preschool which included a Kindergarten but went no further. Our other options were the local public school of course, and two other private schools — one private school which would have required being wait-listed and the other too far out of budget . The public school had become a scary thought to me. I would have never guessed this prior to having children. However, watching the experiences of my co-workers with their children deal with the school system made me nervous.

{I take this time to pause and say this. I admire teachers. I admire the dedication they have. I admire those who are passionate about helping their students learn. I come from a long line of teachers and have plenty of teachers in my family. We need teachers, good teachers. My choice to homeschool is not an indictment of the teaching profession. It’s an indictment of a bureaucracy that has gotten so large and out of control, so cookie-cutter (e.g., Common Core), that teachers have no time to help the struggling kid that does not fit the mold, or move the advanced child along so they’re not bored. We’ve taken an important individual privilege (education), historically, and mandated and regulated it so heavily at the federal level that true learning, discovery, creativity and individual personal achievement are getting harder and harder to attain. If you don’t believe me, read the Little House series for yourself from the perspective of the historical significance of public education. In many ways, we have devolved, not evolved.}

Ok…back to the story. It was a blessing that over the years we had become close with a couple of homeschooling families in our community. They had older children, so the possibility of combining forces to tackle it together was not realistic. Instead they offered me encouragement, wisdom, and a book. The book was So You’re Thinking About Homeschooling? by Lisa Whelchel. I recommend this book to anyone who has even the slightest urge to venture into home education. It’s a compilation of stories of other homeschoolers and their methods of homeschooling for many different situations. It’s an easy read, but BEWARE….it will make you feel empowered. I was convinced after reading it that I could do it. My husband agreed and the rest is history.

I have called it the grand experiment. When we first started, we reassessed the situation each school year to make sure it was a good fit for the family. Every year we make adjustments, but we no longer question if we will be doing it or not. It has become a lifestyle for us. And as my husband told someone over the phone a while back, it is the best parenting decision we ever made besides teaching our children about God.

After all these years, I still doubt my abilities, I still pray that I’m adequate. But with prayer and the grace of God, we continue to make progress. I am thankful every day that I’m afforded this opportunity. I’m thankful that I have been able to watch my kids learn and grow up close and personal. I’m in awe of the wonderful young women they are becoming. I’m also aware that education and educating is a privilege not to be taken for granted. And the ultimate responsibility for developing my children’s intellect and creativity is mine irrespective of if I choose to do it myself or enlist a public or private school.

And that’s my two cents. But stick around. I have more pennies. Feel free to leave comments, even ones of disagreement as long as they are respectful and there is no profanity.

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In the Beginning was the Blog Name

Funny blog name?  Did you laugh?  Did you have an emotional reaction? So many things could be wrong with the title.  Memoirs?  Well, it’s a blog not really an autobiography, although  it is about my life.  But, while I’ll be sharing my memories and experiences, it will also include unsolicited advice and, most assuredly,  my own opinions about a few things.

 Ok…next word, “lazy”.  This is sarcasm… and yet,  I have “mommy guilt”.  Yes, you know what that is if you’re a mother.  No matter how much or how little I do, it’s not enough.  It won’t ever be enough, regardless of how hard I try.  So, some days I give up and let myself off the hook for a little while because I know at some point the guilt may very well motivate me to try a little harder next time.  And the cycle will continue.  I figure, that it will pretty much be even in the end. 

The final term, “housewife”, has of late experienced a metamorphosis of sorts in today’s culture.  Coming out from behind the veil of un-Pc-ness (I know, I’m such a cringe-worthy wordsmith), no longer does the word evoke images of June Clever in her perfect dress, starched apron, high heels, and pearls vacuuming her immaculate, dust free house.  No, it’s become synonymous with wealthy or kept,  possession obsessed, mostly moral-less women, who may or may not be married, and really don’t have the first idea about real housework or parenting that is unassisted by nannies and school masters.   They are, however, excellent at gossiping and fighting with the other women in their social circles about inane subject matter.

These two images are courtesy of Hollywood.  Neither is accurate with regard to the term.  Neither is helpful to real women (not reality-tv women) or their families.  Neither is the goal of most women, whether working for a paycheck outside of the home, or working for personal satisfaction inside the home.  Like most everything, the truth is somewhere between the two extremes. 

For me, I have very simple goals for which I continue to strive.  I haven’t achieved them.  Like I said before, I probably will never achieve them.  But I believe, they are worthy of my time, that I can occasionally give myself a break for not hitting every mark every time, and that these goals are probably shared in common with most women. 

                So with these ramblings in mind, I begin my blogging journey.  I hope you’ll find enjoyment, comedy, comfort,  and a little something to make your life easier occasionally! 

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