Yep. There. I said it.
The Farmer and I plan to homeschool Sweet P.
We get a lot of questions about it like "why" and "what about her social skills and team building skills", but I'm not afraid of those things. As far as the social aspect goes...
I know many homeschooled children are perceived as "socially awkward." And I know that all children are different, but I have a hard time believing that a child of mine will have problems being social. I am what you might call a "social butterfly." You know the ones. The ones who got "Talks too much in class" on their report cards. Don't get me wrong, I have socially awkward moments all the time, but for the most part I am a social being. I love people and being around them. I hope to teach and instill this in my children by taking them to new places and meeting new people.
That said, the Farmer...not a "social butterfly." I could bet a million dollars the Farmer never saw the "Talks too much" comment on his report card. This does not mean the Farmer isn't social and never talks, it simply means he is more introverted than his outspoken wife. (That's why we go together so fabulously). A child who is shy or quiet is not "socially awkward." So yeah, compared to a loud, boisterous room of adolescents a homeschooled child might seem a little "socially awkward."
A lot of the time I can't put why I want to homeschool into words. It's something I am passionate about and am going to do with every inch of my being. Am I scared? Uh, heck yeah. Is it gonna be hard? Uh, heck yeah. Am I gonna have days where I want to say "That's it! You're getting on the school bus in the morning!"? Uh, double heck yeah.
But in my heart of hearts I know that this is what God is calling The Farmer and I to do. I know that Sweet P will benefit from having her parents as her teachers and I can instill Christian values in our children through their school curriculum (this is the part I absolutely love). I know she could learn this at a private Christian school, but honestly, I'd just rather do it myself.
There are days I think "eeeek, am I going to be able to do this?" and then there are days that I think "Bring it on! I'm ready now!" The Farmer and I have a LOT to learn...so you may hear me talking about our journey here and there because if you didn't know...Sweet P is turning ONE next month! And a lot of curriculums begin with preschool material.
If you are a homeschooling mama, please share your wisdom with me! What books do you use, what curriculum do you follow, are you organized or a go with the flow mama?
Please keep us in your prayers as we prepare for our move...3 more weeks! Yikes!