|this is so true. i know there are are teachers out there who are passionate about what they do, but there is no way to compare the energy and passion a parent would put into their own child's education!
Yes! I have felt so proud and happy teaching my children at home, I love hearing them read and knowing that I taught them that, or hearing them explain random interesting things to their grandparents and realize that everything they know was learned right here in this normal day to day life w/o public school, weather I taught them myself or facilitated it for them to learn on their own, it is empowering as a mother to know that I can DO this! I also love seeing them running around outside for hours on end, and the bonding this is helping create between them as they learn together, I feel good knowing that they are getting a great education while not being stuck inside every day for hours on end, especially while they are so little and full of life! I want to shelter them and I willingly admit that compared to most I am overprotective of them, in this day and age I take that as a compliment!
I'd never heard of the concept of homeschooling until I was about 14 years old and my parents became Christians and pulled my younger sister out of school due to some religious disputes they were having with the teacher and higher ups. My sister was 10 and they started homeschooling her, this was my first introduction to homeschool. My brother and I stayed in high school, though in hindsight I wish I were pulled out too.
A few years later my older brother went to college- Pensacola Christian College, which is the place where they develop Abeka Book hs curriculum and he married my SIL who was the oldest of 7 hs'd kids. Yet more exposure to some really awesome and NORMAL people!
So due to my exposure to hs, I always had it in the back of my mind that someday it was definitely an option I would consider for my family. As a Christian I had huge reservations about the public school system and how safe our children would be there- not only physically but spiritually and morally speaking, but I was still afraid to commit to it. It seemed daunting and so hard and what if I failed!? Plus, knowing that everyone around me in dh's family and at church was against it was very unsettling.
When ds' 4th birthday was approaching I found everyone was asking me if he would be starting JK in the fall!!
What!!?? My BABY?! Going away from me for hours with a bunch of total strangers?? Not a chance! I realized I could never do it and no matter how hard it was I had to give hs a chance- I was ready! Thankfully, a well respected family with 4 of their 6 kids already in ps decided to hs shortly before we did, so they paved the way for us in our church, fielding most of the criticism and questions. It certainly helps that near 10 years later she has 3 awesome children graduated and holding steady jobs while going to college!
My oldest is now 8 and going into grade 3, dd is 6, we took a very relaxed approach to hs for the first early years yet they have learned so much and are doing amazing! We are quite determined to go all the way through high school.