The last few days, as I have been getting ready for our Not Back to School first day of homeschool, I have noticed other parents frantically getting ready for the first day of public school. Every where I go, people ask me, “Are you looking forward to the first day of school?” and I simply answer that I am. Usually, I let it go there, but sometimes, they ask more questions and I reply that I actually homeschool. At that point I get THE LOOK. The look that says, “Oh You poor thing! You don’t get a break now.” or “Are you crazy??? Why would you not want to send your kids to school all day?” or “Oh? You’re one of those? And here I thought you looked so normal!” Then they go on to ask me the same 3 or 4 questions everyone asks me. Every. Single. Time.
But this morning as I sit here in my quiet house, sipping coffee, waiting for the kids to get up, listening to the neighbors rushing their kids off to school. I know that I am not crazy. I like homeschooling. I like the relaxed way of life. I like the freedom. I like planning things for my kids. I like watching them learn. I like watching as they finally grasp something that was challenging for them. I like spending time with them. I actually do look forward to the first day of school., new books, new plans, fun things to do.
Yes, it means that I have less time to myself to keep my house clean and I have to coordinate with Prince Charming to have free time to myself to go shopping, but I don’t mind that. Yes, I do worry sometimes about making sure they learn everything they need to, of giving them the education they deserve. But I guess homeschooling pleases the control freak in me because it allows me to make sure they learn what they need to and it allows me to teach them the way that they learn, to tailor their education to them, to make it more personal. So, I guess I am not crazy, at least I don’t think so. Homeschooling is fun for me and most days, it is fun for my kids too.