Saturday, January 26, 2019

Welcome to the Wandering Homeschooler!

When I was a homeschooled kid in the 90s, homeschoolers tended to look a lot alike. Now, 30 years later, I’m overjoyed to see such rich diversity among home educators. It’s inspiring and refreshing. Meeting and learning from other homeschoolers gave me the courage and confidence to make our journey our own and it’s been a huge blessing to our family.

The way that I was schooled, and the way I began schooling my boys, was the “school-at-home-approach.” This is when the the classroom setting is recreated in the home and the traditional school environment is closely emulated. Sometimes complete with chalkboards and old-timey desks!

While this approach works well for some families, it didn’t work for my boys. It took me an embarrassing number of years to finally figure that out and let it go, but live and learn, right? Since then, we’ve cut back on the amount of time we spend on textbooks and have ventured out more into the real world. Turns out, there’s a lot to be learned out there!

In addition to getting out and about more, we’ve also made traveling a priority. We go on a big, two-week road trip every year, with the goal of seeing all 50 states before our oldest goes off to college, and a couple of smaller trips on the side. It’s a big world and there’s a lot to see and experience!
Watching homeschooling evolve has been amazing. One of the biggest benefits of homeschooling is the freedom and flexibility it affords, so why not make the most of it?

I’m glad you dropped by and I hope that this blog encourages you to make your educational journey truly and authentically your own and to enjoy every minute of it. See you again, soon!

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