Over the years, I have received many a quizzical look when people learn that I homeschool. However, once they discover that I have successfully homeschooled two of my three children through high school, the look usually becomes one of awe.
Then I invariably hear, “Gee, I could never do that!” Funny thing is, when I first heard about homeschooling, my first thought was, “Gee, people do that? That’s something I’d love to do!”
No one I knew homeschooled. In fact, my husband’s first reaction was to let me know in no uncertain terms that what I wanted to do was fine for our son’s preschool years, but when he was at kindergarten or first grade age, we would have to re-evaluate the whole idea.
By the time that day rolled around, my husband was solidly on board—even facetiously taking credit for the original idea. My own father (who had obediently sent me to parochial school in response to instructions given in his pre-marital counseling with my mother) was not at peace with this notion of mine. Yet now, at the age of ninety-four, is as proud as he can be with the success of his homeschooled grandchildren.
Schwartz, A. (2006). Lessons Learned From Years of Homeschooling [ebook]. Chalcedon/Ross House Books, Vallecito. Location 79 of 1150