Keeping It Real and Keeping Promises
I confess, I don’t talk much on here about my actual life as a homeschool mom. The truth is, I’ve never really considered myself an expert at the whole homeschooling thing. I love it, and I love learning with my family. But I don’t know all the curricula, and I’m not devoted to any particular publisher or way of doing things. I’m not a fan of homeschooling as a particular thing. I’m just a huge fan of creative education and lifelong learning.
I’m beginning to realize that I’m actually quite average as a homeschooler. I don’t have a huge, beautiful house with a perfectly decorated school room. I have a dining area piled with books and markers and a wall filled with maps and posters. Truth. Here’s a blurry phone photo of my space right this minute.
Attractive, right? Don’t you want to put that on Pinterest to inspire you? No?
I’ve owned this blog for a lot of years, and I pretty much only come here to throw out book recommendations. Why? Because I didn’t think I was “good enough” to talk about anything else. I’m not a “Christian” homeschooler. I’m a Christian who homeschools in a secular way, using secular resources because the “Christian” stuff drives me crazy most of the time.
I’m also extremely efficient and plain in the way I do things. I don’t need it in pretty colors, I don’t need it to look nice. I won’t do the bulk of a project for my kids just to make it look good for pictures. I think that’s disingenuous. So a lot of what we do doesn’t make for a pretty blog. It’s a huge mess, really. All the time. Learning is messy!
I also don’t stay on top of trends, and rarely do things at the times people expect me to get them done. You know what I did today? I finally busted out the easter egg dyes and dyed eggs with the kids. I’m only a few weeks late. But I promised we would dye eggs this year. And hey! It’s still the same month as Easter! So I’m doing pretty well!
I also struggle a lot with how to do this education thing as well as possible. I read a ton of books on education. I follow a bunch of teachers and university professors on Google+, and I read the things they share about classrooms and digital education. I follow the neuroscientists and research psychologists who are studying brain science and motivation and creativity. I don’t follow a lot of homeschoolers who talk only about homeschooling. It seems to me that they’re always trying to sell me some curriculum or get me to download a free worksheet. So I feel out of the loop really. I’m not a popular homeschooler. I’m just an average one, trying to go about my average days the best I can.
Last night, I realized that I have a lot to talk about. And maybe it won’t look like the way other homeschoolers talk about their homeschool lives, but I hope it will be worth something to someone out there. Because if I’m average, it means there are a lot of you out there in the same place as I am, getting through the messes of every day life and trying your best.
So I’m going to try to break out of my shell a bit and share more about what I think about and read about and learn about during this homeschool thing. I’ll still throw out a ton of book recommendations, because I adore books. But I hope that I can offer up experiences that will make you think, “I’m not alone!” or maybe even, “Oh, I really don’t have to do that?”
Your yoga-pant wearing homeschool friend who will make you feel good about yourself because you’re prettier, tidier, and have a larger home.
PS. If you’ve been dying to ask me a question about homeschooling or life in general or anything, really, feel free to comment. I’ll try to answer your questions as well as I can!