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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Raising Individuals

Homeschooling is cool! Where else could a 9-year-old boy spend his time writing an adventure novel, learning to play the harmonica, and creating (from the ground up) an imaginary world inspired by the Lord of the Rings, complete with maps, phonetically spelled countries, and all different races of beings (and write a book all about it!), all while teaching himself how to create spreadsheets and learning about object-oriented game programing?

And a 5-year-old girl play fairies and dragons with her 4-year-old brother, just before doing her ballet instruction video (she takes classes, too), working on her "book" about Little House on the Prairie and practicing cursive writing?

There's a whole lot of learnin' go on...but will they know how to stand in line and stay with the herd?


  1. i am new to your site. have you been homeschooling for a long time?

    im thinking about this and praying for God's leading too!

    i have a 5 year old daughter who will be in 1st grade next school year...

  2. Chris-
    It is definitely a calling:-) We've been homeschooling since 2007 and have 4 kids, ages 9, 5 (almost 6), 4 and 8 months. There was transition, especially as my oldest did attend a private school for kindergarten and first grade. And every day is a learning experience, for Mom too.

  3. Your kids are too smart to follow the herd. The question should be, "Will they know where to lead the herd?"

  4. I don't think your children will have any problems waiting patiently, following direction, or sticking with friends because of homeschooling. If anything, they should be better at those things because of homeschooling.

    However, homeschooling may give them a perspective on life that makes them frustrated with needless wastes of time and obvious group think issues. ...which isn't bad at all. [smile]


  5. Modest Mama-
    That's the challenge, isn't it? Not being much of a "leader" myself, it's a little worrisome at times. I just try to nurture their "finer" tendencies.

    As someone who's frustrated with needless waste of time and "talking points" myself (and I was public schooled), I agree whole-heartedly.


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