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So… we decided to homeschool!

Homeschool AdventuresIt’s been quiet here on the blog for a few months, but life has not. Part of me can’t believe we’re actually homeschooling because for months we were noncommittally “just looking into it,” researching different methods, curriculum, support groups, and on and on. Another part of me says, “It’s about time!” You see, homeschooling has always appealed to me, and now that I look back, I see how God planted the seeds over the years for it to come to fruition.

About four years ago, when my oldest two were three and one, and I was pregnant with baby #3, I remember praying a lot about work and our expanding family — because when you’re about to have three children three-years-old and under with a full-time job, all you can really do is pray! So one morning, I found a flyer in my son’s folder at preschool inviting parents to learn about a new homeschool group, and for a split second I remember thinking, What if this is God trying to tell me something? But I was busy preparing for a week-long work event in Brazil and dismissed the possibility of God answering my prayers. Plus, there’s no way we could ever survive on one income. Still, I signed up for the email list and for the next two and a half years received almost daily messages about co-ops, spelling bees, curriculum sales, yearbooks, annual conventions and everything in between. I don’t know why I took so long to unsubscribe from the list, but I like to think it helped paint a picture of what homeschooling could be like.

Then, about two years ago I traded in my full-time position at my job for a part-time one because I couldn’t adjust to my son being in Kindergarten, in this big new school without me being able to know and talk to his teacher, his classmates, and the staff. It just seemed so… unnatural. And how would we find time to spend together as a family, between work and homework? So I became a Room Mom and PTA volunteer extraordinaire with my newly acquired free time.

Then, there was the summer I bought a set of homeschool books off eBay to see if I could “do” school with my son. To be honest, I never had a chance to use them, but I got my first taste of how addictive the buying of curriculum can be.

Finally, at the end of last year, while I was on maternity leave with baby número 4, the boys started randomly asking when I was going to homeschool them. Seriously? What kid comes out of nowhere asking to be homeschooled? Well, turns out Daddy told my oldest, in a moment of frustration after spending a ridiculous amount of time trying to figure out his 1st grade math homework (tens frames, anyone?), not to worry because I would be homeschooling him. My son took him at his word, and announced the news to his brothers. And so began the constant requests from my boys to homeschool them.

“You know homeschooling means you ‘learn’ at home, not you ‘play all day long with your toys’ at home?” They said they understood. “And I would be your teacher.” They were fine with that. “And you won’t go back to school again, or be in a class with your friends.” They were okay with that also.

I tried to ignore them for a while, but they continued to ask with that unrelenting persistence only children have. Then, it finally dawned on me, What if this is God trying to tell me something? So after four years, I finally decided to seriously consider the possibility of homeschooling. Since January I’ve been reading everything I can get my hands on. But most of all, I love looking back on the past few years and seeing how God was working in ways I didn’t even know at the time. Reminds me of Ephesians 3:20.

We started our homeschool adventure over the summer to slowly transition into this new lifestyle, and for that I’m grateful. Whenever we tell people, the first question is usually a perplexed “Why?”, but it’s a long answer for another post. For now, enjoy some pics of our home learning adventure.

Have you ever thought about homeschooling or an alternative to traditional schooling? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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18 Comments

  • Reply Jennifer Desir-Brown

    Super proud of you! And everyone looks happy. Keep up the good work. The education system is so competitive and ultimately not impressive at all. I really don’t think I could do it. Kudos to you.

    September 16, 2014 at 1:47 pm
    • Reply Nermarí

      Thanks Jennifer! We have our days, but overall, we’re all loving this change. I too used to say, “I’d love to do it, but I just don’t have the patience.” And, really, I don’t. I’m learning HS is a lot about dealing with my own character as it is teaching them! 🙂

      October 5, 2014 at 5:39 am
  • Reply Kelly

    Loved this post. Can’t wait to read the post on “why”. 🙂 keep up the good work inspiring moms everywhere.

    September 16, 2014 at 4:05 pm
  • Reply Cinthia

    Nermari!! I am so proud of you!! This is great! I can’t wait to hear the why too!! Although I think I get it! Lol

    September 16, 2014 at 4:17 pm
    • Reply Nermarí

      Thank you Cinthia! I’ll let you know when it’s up!

      October 5, 2014 at 5:40 am
  • Reply Eloisa

    Wow, this is a huge decision. Seems overwhelming but also fun and the best part is that you get spend all that time with your little ones and also choose the best curriculum for the kids! Seems like such a great idea but never really considered it, can’t wait to see the post on “why”. I’m excited about this new adventure with your family, what a way to make great memories with your kids! Wish you the best

    September 16, 2014 at 5:39 pm
    • Reply Nermarí

      Thank you Elo! Being together is actually one of the best things. You’d think we’d just get tired of each other, but it is creating a stronger bond.

      October 5, 2014 at 5:42 am
  • Reply `Enid

    Yay! You go, girl. We might end up this route by middle school, but for now I shall live vicariously through you. Enjoy the journey—it’s gonna be great!! 🙂

    September 17, 2014 at 9:53 pm
    • Reply Nermarí

      Thanks Ènid! You definitely have a lot of resources available up there, so take advantage of them! You can start figuring out what you’d like to do from now… there’s sooo much to read and soak in!

      October 5, 2014 at 5:43 am
  • Reply Tauna

    LOVE this post! What a great story. This made me laugh out loud: “but I got my first taste of how addictive the buying of curriculum can be…” yeah, I hear ya! Thanks for sharing on the Mom 2 Mom Monday Link-Up! I’m going to be sharing this on my fb page too. 🙂

    October 4, 2014 at 11:18 pm
    • Reply Nermarí

      Thank you Tauna! Unfortunately I have not learned how to tame the addiction just yet! Hubby keeps wondering why there’s all these “Paypal” purchases. 🙂 And I’m looking forward to the next Link-up!

      October 5, 2014 at 5:24 am
  • Reply Cathy - Life's Hidden Treasures

    This is our 2nd year homeschooling…when my son was in Kindergarten, he asked me “out of the blue” why I didn’t just teach him at home instead of going to regular school…the crazy thing was my husband had discussed this in private when he wasn’t even home….my son went to school 1 more year, and we started homeschooling in 2nd grade. It has been the best decision ever!!
    When I asked my son why he wanted to be homeschooled, he said “I just want to spend more time with you” (cue melting heart!)…he is a very social kid who loved school and all his friends, but apparently Mom was more important, LOL
    Because he is so incredibly social, I have to be very intentional about scheduling regular play dates, and he is involved in several extra-curricular activities.

    Good luck to ya!! Enjoy the process, take breaks whenever you need them, and don’t compare yourself to other homeschooling families 🙂

    October 4, 2014 at 11:28 pm
    • Reply Nermarí

      Thank you Cathy! Isn’t it crazy how our even our own little ones know what they want… if we’d just listen more carefully!

      October 5, 2014 at 5:25 am
  • Reply Fatima

    Great post, and I am happy to hear — well, read — that everything is working out. The boys look excited.

    Jeff and I have talked about homeschooling, but after weighing out the options, it isn’t the best for us.

    October 11, 2014 at 7:50 pm
  • Reply Why We HomeschoolJust Another Day… with Kids!

    […] to homeschool did not happen overnight, but these were certainly some “nudges” from God that led us to question our views and thoughts on education. It has definitely been eye-opening to […]

    May 22, 2015 at 7:03 am
  • Reply Benita Bernier

    The thought of homeschooling has never crossed my mind until February 2016. I knew that it was the right thing to do but because of you Nermari my husband and I are confident in making the decision to homeschool. Thank you for sharing educational and life lessons of homeschooling experiences. Thank you is never enough!!!! Thank you!!! I love your Blog.

    May 28, 2016 at 8:07 pm
    • Reply Nermarí

      Thank you! I’m so glad you are confident in your decision! ?

      May 29, 2016 at 7:13 am

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