When people ask me about curriculum, there are books I recommend, but really it isn’t about the curriculum. I feel that curriculum is a piece of the homeschooling puzzle, however, my philosophy about raising and teaching children is so much more than what curriculum I am using. I want to teach my children to love the Lord, to love their fellow man, and to love learning, and that doesn’t come in a box or a program. That comes from the heart. That comes from being around people who model those traits.
But first, let me introduce myself! My name is Patty. I am a 51 year old woman who is entering her 23rd year of homeschooling. I started homeschooling my oldest son in first grade. Back in those olden days (1994) people didn’t count the years before Kindergarten or First grade. I taught my son for preschool, but I didn’t count that as homeschooling because lots and lots of people had their children at home. We were just raising our toddlers/preschoolers because reading when you started Kindergarten wasn’t expected.
|JACK-JACK is 11 and has autism. Him feeding the giraffe is huge. He is afraid of almost all animals!|
Three of my five children have graduated and are in the workforce. All three of them are people that I am proud of. I am more than blessed that I got to spend time raising them and watching them grow into adults. My oldest son is an attorney, married and has 2 children. My second son is an insurance salesman and is married with 1 child. My only daughter. . .
She is my funny, creative, independent, “I do it myself” girl. From the time she emerged into the world, she had her own way of doing things. She challenged everything I knew about children. Melissa is spunky, hands on her hip, set the world on fire girl. She is a photographer, and her blog (found here) showcases her work, plus some of her thoughts on life.
Someone that knows her asked her about homeschooling, and what she thought about it. Because quite frankly, I can say that homeschooling is wonderful, but what my children believe about it matters more.
And here is her response:
I had a friend ask me recently what I felt about being homeschooled. My response was, “It’s the thing I am most thankful to my parents for.” And although I feel that way, it got me thinking about why!