It’s funny because last night at youth group some of the kids friends were discussing homeschooling and really truly felt that we stay home all day. Some comments were “how will the state know you are learning?”, “you just stay home all day”, “what do you do if you don’t take tests?”. Oh my. I told the girls they should use their Snapchat or Instagram stories to do a "day in the life" story and dispel the stereotype of the homeschooled teen.
Here is what our fall semester looks like now that we are a few weeks in and not much will change at this point:
We have Dave Ramsey’s Foundations of Finance for Grace. Life of Fred Algebra for Lilah. Geopolitics, Economics, How to Read Literature Like A Professor, CT Art Trail. We have plans to visit Mark Twain’s home in Hartford, walk the Freedom Trail in Boston and visit Lexington and Concord. There are guitar lessons, two bands, art lessons, and an introduction to CAD (computer assisted design). We have youth group Tuesdays, middle school ministry Wednesdays, babysitting and dog sitting. There is a retreat scheduled for October, a possible mission trip, and a full day conference for Dare 2 Share. There are more senior pictures to take and birthday parties to attend. We have tickets to the symphony in November. Our week/life is very full.
|Beach Clean Up on our Not Back To School Day|
Eight years ago, I was the one being asked these questions. Now it is time for the girls to have answers to these questions. I always thought their lives spoke volumes about how we homeschool and yet, the same misconceptions persist. How do you learn if you don’t test and don’t you just stay home all day.......
We learn by doing. We learn by going. We learn by experiencing. We learn by trying. We learn by failing and trying again. We learn by sharing. We don’t learn by studying. We don’t learn by memorizing. We don’t learn by regurgitating and forgetting. We don’t learn by filling in tiny circles and choosing the best out of 4 answers. We don’t learn by grades or scores. We don’t learn through stress and anxiety. We don’t learn through judgment. We don’t learn through peer pressure and we don’t learn through ranking.
|Restocking the Little Free Library on our Not Back To School Day|
In CT, the state does not get to decide if we are learning unless the parents have been accused of educational neglect in which case the burden falls upon the parent to prove that the children have received an equivalent education to their peers in public schools. That has never been a worry for me. I have records, and blog posts, and photo albums full of our learning. I have journals bursting with their work. I have two daughters that are kind, considerate, loving, full of faith and the desire to share it, hard working, intelligent, and becoming more and more independent with each passing year. They are learning and growing and maturing and some days they experience this growth in the comfort of their home but most days they are learning, and growing, and maturing in the community in which we live.