I will never forget the moment we decided to homeschool. The teacher that rummaged nervously through her notes looking to see who my son was. At the end of the year. We raised strong willed children and encouraged them to dress how they like, read what they like, and do what they like so they could learn at their own pace and really enjoy what they were doing. Schools just weren’t keeping up. Classes were too big. Curriculums too restricted. Those homeschooling years were the best years for us. We went on vacations in the middle of the week. Ate ethnic food in areas of Denver that we were unaware of for geography. Visited museums. Created. Read in trees. We have three very intelligent, compassionate children who think for themselves.
My youngest daughter will be twenty-one years old in a few months. (How that is possible, I will never know!) She has a four year old whom you all know well as she is often the highlight of this Grammie’s blog! Maryjane Rose.
Maryjane assists us at our shop. She gathers plants to be used in medicine. Helps to measure the dried herbs into jars. Chooses teas for people based on their ailments. Talks to fairies and squirrels and trees. That magic begins to leave when they enter school.
I am thrilled that Emily Lynn is homeschooling her beautiful, strong willed daughter. I am even more glad that I get to help. Emily’s long-time, serious beau, Reed came from a family of six homeschooled children. Emily has a lot of support. We still get the question from well-meaning family and friends about when she’s going to go to school. But she is in school! Every day we all wake up to a new day of school. Maryjane will read what she wishes, write when she wants, learn the real history of the world (not the edited version available in text books), and will pursue what she is interested in. This makes her a well rounded, delightful, social child.
My daughter started a blog yesterday. I am so proud of her and I am glad my children are writers. Please check it out and send a young mama some encouragement! She has a million great ideas. https://homeschool341.wordpress.com/