As I was going through my usual reads for the day, I read Sherry's journal - The Secret Life of a Stay at Home Mom. I know I don't talk about homeschooling much - even though that's what we are/do.........but when I read her entry on the FCAT (ahhh yes...standardized testing with a one-size-fits-all mentality) and her daughter, my heart just went out to her. The FCAT is one of the reasons we homeschool. Actually, what with the accident recently, Jesse - who doesn't often say much about homeschooling - said 'Amy, I am so glad we homeschool....I don't know how I would have been able to handle them with school responsibilities and everything else I had to deal with while you were in the hospital...' BUT...back to the FCAT. Ryan...sweet child that she is..... is sen-si-tive. (OK, they all are, but....) Ryan.....about 4 years ago....was about to have a nervous breakdown worrying about whether she was going to pass the stupid test. I mean to the point that the kid needed a psychiatrist. Her teachers were stressed about keeping their jobs, and passing that stress on to the kids...it was just very ugly. And.....finally.....I just said '%&#$ it. I'm homeschooling. I may not know what the hell I'm doing, but I can't screw her up any worse than this shit is screwing her up....' and so it began. 2 (3?) years later......we are loving every minute of life. We're unschoolers. (Unschooling.com) We have almost zero stress about learning. Right now Ryan is reading...and I'm trying to figure out how to support her book habit. Alex is watching a show on wildlife in Florida. Adrian is trying to talk to Ryan about how many things he can find that are triangles (and she's trying to pretend like she's listening to him....). We have evaluations at the end of the year to make sure we're not keeping them locked in a closet..and making sure they're learning, but come on...how can kids NOT learn...ya know?! Anyway.....blah blah blah.......but the point is...I can't say enough good things about homeschooling.
Note: Yes, I know not all people should homeschool. Yes, I know not all people can. I don't think I'm better or my kids are better because we homeschool. I just see it as a wonderful opportunity I and my kids have been given. (Can you tell I've heard it all and then some?)