Homeschooling has become a way of life for us. Learning is just something we do in our every day lives. Yes, we have curriculum, school days and homework but we are always learning. It is nothing for my kids to want to read for fun, play educational games, read the encyclopedia, or learn how to write in computer language just because they want to. That is one of my goals as a mother to create lifetime learners who are striving to make themselves better every day.
Is that what I thought 20 years ago when I first started teaching Michael?
I don't think so. The main reason I wanted to homeschool is because I love being a mom. As soon as I found out I was pregnant I knew I wanted out the of Air Force to be able to stay home with my kids. So when it came time for them to start school I just couldn't imagine them being gone all day. We had met a few families who were already homeschooling so it just seemed to be the best thing for us.
Last month a homeschool mom asked me if I had thought about homeschooling for the biggest part of my lifetime when we first started. She wanted to know how old I would be when my last child graduates and if I had thought about that when we first started. My answer was no. I hadn't even thought about my first child graduating at that time much less my last one that wasn't even born.
It doesn't matter what each of our reasons for homeschooling are, but if we continue year after year until all of our children are grown. That is a long time.
If you would have asked me 20 years ago how long our family would have homeschooed I might have felt overwhelmed. My youngest daughter is 11, so when she graduates I will be 53. That means I would have homeschooled for 28 years. That is a career!!
Would I have done things differently if I would have counted the costs and years of homeschooling my kids? No, I would do it all over again. How about you? How old will you be when your last child graduates?