Hi, Lee. I am needing to share this with someone, and I think you will appreciate it most. We started home schooling our children last year when my oldest was in eighth grade. I had such high hopes to see the passion and creativity come out of him, but it seemed like the deadness of school would not wear off. He kind of liked homeschooling and understood some of the advantages, but would sulk about it at other times. No matter how much I tried to encourage delight directed learning, he still just thought of school as school, something necessary but boring. I really thought many days that I started this too late and all of those school years just ruined and dulled his senses beyond rescue. Until recently.
After a year and a half of homeschool, the lights are starting to come on. He is realizing what an opportunity he has and the desires are starting to show. Tonight, we signed him up for a tutorial on film making, and we had a great conversation as we stopped for dinner. He is "getting it." He's thinking creatively about high school courses. He is sounding independent. I guess I should have expected 8 years of school to take longer than a few months to wear off.
But it was this statement that knocked me over backwards: "You know, I don't get why kids who homeschool their whole lives decide to go to high school. That seems kind of pointless.":)
~ Kelly on Facebook
perfect thing to read now...i did the ps thing his whole life (he just graduated from 8th). he only wants to hang with friends, play computer mainly. plus, i thought, i'll have him just look at productive/educational type things and ease him in, but he seemed reluctant for even that...finally, he says..mom, it's my summer, i'm supposed to be on break..oops, forgot to let him de school/tox! hehe, thanks for words!
I'll begin homeschooling my son next year (9th grade). I wonder how he will take to it, having been in the public school system since kindergarten. This gives me hope. Thanks for sharing.
Have you ever wished there was a free workshop called "How to Homeschool High School Without Going Bonkers"? Well, there is, and you are cordially invited to this free class!