I always wish to convey is how amazing
homeschooling can be when you view
it as an all-encompassing way of life. If
you’ve only witnessed the traditional
school experience, it might be difficult to
understand how children can education-
ally thrive in any other situation.
Once upon a time, in the world’s not
too distant past, children were educated
through their life experiences. Chil-
dren learned about their world by liv-
ing in it. Skills or trades were acquired
by watching and helping their parents
do whatever it took to make ends meet.
Farmers, carpenters, traders, hunters,
blacksmiths, and nearly every job or
skill that was of use just 200 years ago
and before that was learned either directly from a parent or through hands-on apprenticeships. Rarely were children taught in a classroom-type setting.
I am, however, glad our children aren’t
subjected to some of the more difficult
and often dangerous conditions they
commonly faced in those days.
I’m not sure at exactly what point in
history we as a society decided that our
learning should take place during set
hours and in a set place. I think this can
seriously dampen learning opportunities, and the homeschooling lifestyle offers a remedy to the stifling educational
model common today. I believe one of
the driving factors behind the increase
in the number of families educating their
children at home is the drive to make
learning a lifestyle instead of compartmentalized to a single classroom.
The homeschooling life can be slower
paced, giving children the opportunity
to really savor the world and investigate
topics they themselves are interested in.
Homeschooling affords children the freedom to explore, learn, and be who they
were really meant to be! Immersing my
children in their education all day long
and really bringing what we are studying
to life is my ultimate goal. I plan the curriculum, and I can take advantage of the
best educational opportunities our corner
of the country has to offer. Many of our
vacations turn into adventures that incorporate our studies—like our recent trip to
Washington, D.C. and George Washington’s home at Mt. Vernon when we were
studying American government and history, a camping getaway near Howe Caverns in New York when we were studying
geology, and a whale watching trip to cap
off a year of exploring ocean animals, to
name a few.
We enjoy visiting area museums again
and again, and yet again. If there is anything that stands out to me when we visit
an aquarium, a living history museum, or
an art museum, it is how slowly my children move through them. It is in stark
contrast to the hurried pace we sometimes witness with many school field trip
groups or, during the weekends, other
families. As an example, we have all the
Show & Tell
The Homeschooling Lifestyle
LEFT: Trip to Pilgrim Plantation: During our study of the first settlers,, we took a field trip to Plymouth Plantation in Massachusetts.
RIGHT: Jamestown Settlers: The boys created their own costumes pretending to be settlers to the Jamestown Colony.