I laugh as I type this. You couldn't have told me 6 months ago that I would be writing this blog about this topic. Homeschooling.
"You're doing what?!" "Wow, Amy, that's... interesting." "I don't have the patience for that. Good luck!" I've heard this a lot in the past month, as well as much encouragement. Thanks, friends! Yes, it's true, I am entering a brand new world. I promised to blog about how this all came about. So here I am.
I have friends who homeschool. (Mostly people who live out of town, actually.) I've seen some bad results with homeschooling here and there, but overall, my friends and acquaintances have had great success with homeschooling. When I think back to conversations with these friends, I remember either thinking or saying, "Wow, that's great. I totally get why you are doing this. Maybe I can convince you to homeschool my children? I can drop them off in the morning at your home & pick them up in the afternoon. Seriously." :)
Fast forward to 2010 -- homeschooling started entering my brain as a possibility in the future. Even the thought of homeschooling being a possibility to me is so out of left field. What in the world?? I've had a great experience with our elementary school in the public school system so far. I am a big cheerleader for our teachers, school administrations, and others working hard to better our communities. So the big question... why do this??
I don't know what made me start investigating more about homeschooling besides a nudge from the Holy (God's) Spirit. (You may not believe in that, but that's really the truth for me!) A conversation here, a story about someone, a curriculum I heard about, a blog I read and so on. No one was trying to convince me. It just all started adding up.
By mid-July, I gave it up. I was out with a friend at Starbucks and we were talking about it. She doesn't even homeschool, but we were just discussing it. I came home that evening and decided to tell Matt what I was thinking about. I wasn't sure what his reaction would be. We've had plenty of conversations over our 9 years of marriage where we've, ahem... we've made fun of homeschooling. What was he going to say?
It was 10:30pm. "Matt, I need to tell you something.... (pause) I'm thinking we maybe... might... think about homeschooling." He smiled. He always smiles, so that doesn't give me any indicators. After about five minutes of asking me more questions -- yes, it took me that long to get it out of him -- he confessed. "Amy, I've been feeling the same thing for awhile now, but there was no way I was going to bring it up." WHAT??!! We have NEVER even talked about homeschooling in the past couple years. He told me that he prayed that God would tell me... because there is no way he (Matt) was going to bring it up to me. He knows I'm stubborn - haha
We both stood and looked at each other, AMAZED.
OK, now I'm really going to have to investigate. What will homeschooling really look like in the Caton house? What are the pros/cons? Thus, I have begun a wonderful journey of exploring a whole new world -- the world of homeschooling.
To be continued....
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