Well, here we are again. Another homeschool year has been successfully wrapped up. My papers have all been filed and approved by the state (thank you, Lord!). We are all set for the next year. Sometimes I really wish we lived in a state that was not as restrictive in their homeschooling laws. It’s pretty ridiculous considering that we are choosing to homeschool our children and WANT them to have a great education. Are there some people out there who would slack in educating their kids? I’m sure there are. However, I also believe that the vast majority of parents who homeschool are doing so to give their kids a better education than is available at public school. Yes, we homeschool because we value what they learn. Yes, we are trying, to a certain extent, to shelter them from the world until they are old enough to discern for themselves. Yes, we do want them to learn certain things that the world doesn’t value. But ultimately, we also want them to know how to read, how to write legibly, and how to use math in real-world situations. I have, in our “official” seven years of homeschooling, switched curriculum THREE times. I am, so far, happy with what we are primarily using now, but I also wouldn’t mind trying out a couple more. (Cue our oldest begging me not to switch it up on her…AGAIN) The point is, as homeschooling parents, we are constantly trying to find the “best” curriculum for our children. We WANT them to learn. We even, dare I say, want them to LOVE to learn. We want learning to be fun and engaging. We want our kids to finish up the year saying, hey, remember when we learned about x, or y, or z? So all I’m trying to say is, can we make it a little easier on parents at the end of the year? Can we maybe not make homeschooling such a process? Well, since we have our own theories on why “they” might not want that to be the case, I won’t ask that question with any sincerity.
Ultimately, it is what it is and we will keep plugging along. I will keep doing our end of the year assessments, we will keep getting each child “evaluated”, and we will keep teaching our children values, morals, and truth. I will keep stressing about whether we are doing enough, whether there is a better curriculum we could be using, and whether or not our children actually understand that we are, ultimately, doing this for their own good! God Bless!
6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.