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4 Moms Discuss Homeschooling


This week The 4 Moms are discussing homeschooling, why we do it, what we hope to accomplish, you know, big picture type stuff.

But, don't worry. In the coming weeks, we'll get down to the nitty gritty and reveal how we choose curriculum, what we do with the littles and the bigs, how our husbands contribute, and how on earth we keep our houses in order and homeschool simultaneously. Frankly, I can't wait to see what the others have to say about that last one, because... my... uh... neighbor has a REAL issue with keeping that one together!

As for why we homeschool, you will find my 3 part series titled, "Why Homeschool?" filled with more detailed information than you probably ever wanted to know about the thought processes that led us to homeschooling.

I will tell you, though, that as a public school teacher for 8 years, I used to think homeschoolers were, you know, kinda wacky. I didn't actually KNOW any homeschoolers, mind you, but I remember thinking that parents would be better off leaving the educating to us professionals, and that I knew better than they did what was best for their children.

Oh yes I did.  Young and over confident much?

Let's just say that attitude made a 180 degree turn when I held my own baby in my arms for the first time and realized that no one cared about her well being and wanted what was best for her more than I did.

We didn't think about homeschooling right away, but we knew that we wanted to be the ones making decisions about our own child's future. Her education, her health, her development. I guess you could say we are the free thinking, independent types, but we couldn't see why we would need "professionals" or "experts" taking over roles that we could very well fill ourselves.

I didn't want to send her to preschool to learn to tie her shoes because I could do that myself. Same with learning her ABC's and how to skip. Gradually, we began to see that we, the parents, could easily become the experts in teaching our own child.

This revelation didn't have anything at all to do with judging other parents who didn't come to the same conclusions we did. It was just an alternative that we felt good about, even though all of our close friends at that time were sending their kids off to public or private school.  (By the way, Kris has written an excellent post titled, "The Public School Parents' Guide to Homeschool Parents" that sums up a lot of my thoughts.)

So, that's the short story of why Smockity began homeschooling. Be sure to read the long version for more details, and don't forget to check out what the other moms say about homeschooling.

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  1. Love this post! Thank you so much for sharing it.

  2. This is so neat! Our little baby (our 1st) is 7 weeks old today, and I was just thinking how much more aware I am of what is going on around her: sights and sounds, and feeling VERY protective of her little mind! We will probably homeschool for a number of reasons, mainly because I’m not too keen on the public schools, and we’re too far out in the boonies to trek to private or Christian schools not to mention the cost. I never thought I’d want to homeschool – I didn’t have a good experience with it as a student, but now that I have my own I don’t think I want anyone else teaching her the ABC’s or how to write or read or do fun crafts with and learn about everything there is to learn about! I will say that I’ll GLADLY leave the higher grade’s math and science to her Daddy!! LOL!

  3. Yes I agree with homeschooling since YOU are exactly the type of teacher I would never want to expose my children to. Narrow minded, judgemental and ignorant. I feel for the kids under your watch at the time, however I suppose only the “perfect kids” were permitted in your classroom. Glad you got out of teaching for everyone’s sake.

    • @Lynn, I just have to chime in and here and tell you that Connie is an awesome Mom and teacher! And I’m SURE that when she was a teacher in public schools her children adored her, just like everyone around her does. She is caring and helpful to all!
      Homeschooling is really difficult! Being a Mom is even more tough, doing both is like being a hero! and I’m sure her children consider her to be one!

    • Lynn,
      Did you even read her post? Because I think you missed the point of it completely. Please think before you write comments like that and judge others.

      God Bless

    • @Lynn,

      You know what I don’t get? If you don’t like the blog why are you reading it? There seems to be something odd about spending your time reading and commenting on something that offends you. My time is more valuable than that!

    • @Lynn,

      I have read this post and do not understand this comment.

    • @Lynn, Wow, who is the one that sounds ignorant and narrow minded? I’ll give you a hint, it isn’t Connie:)

  4. Love all of your home school posts! I was a substitute for 2 years and had 3/4 of my teaching degree when I realized how crooked and deceitful the public school system was. When I had my first son I decided they would never be subjected to the things I had to go through: teasing, teachers putting students down, below par education and lots and lots of standardized testing that causes undue stress for everyone.
    Bloggers like you have helped me in my home schooling pursuits and inspired me to continue through a lot of negativity.

    Thanks and God Bless!

  5. Thanks for the linky love. And, dang, I’m sorry you’re still getting such nasty comments. It’s sad that people can’t forgive an unintended slight that you didn’t even mean in the way it was taken and that you’ve apologized for. (((Hugs)))

  6. Your reasons for beginning to homeschool are very similar to mine. I too, was a public school teacher (for only 3 years while my husband was in school), and I had never really even heard of homeschooling until my 1st child was born. I met a lady who homeschooled, and I just thought it was all so lovely! I was so attached to my baby, and then to the other 4 that followed…I too felt like I knew best for my children. I didn’t want to give the best part of the day to strangers. I wanted to be the one to have all of the fun of learning with them. So we began. And I have absolutely no regrets!
    Now, I need lots of advice and encouragement on how to manage it all (and I just have 5 blessings!), and that is why I read blogs like yours, and the other 3 that link up with you on Thursdays.
    Keep up the great work!

  7. Don’t worry about that grumpy lady – I think she’s just jealous. Probably a school teacher.


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