So. We are doing it. Homeschooling the girl. Yesterday was her last official day at school. I’d be okay if it weren’t for feeling a bit battered about by everyone else’s opinions. First homeschool lesson is for mom. Go to the stillness within and stay true to what feels right, at this time, for this girl, for this family.
People have so many different ideas about what homeschooling is, and none of them have much to do with us. We are going to have to figure out our own definition.
What do we want to teach her? What do we want her to learn?
-We want her to know her value is not in question, and has nothing to do with keeping up with anyone else.
-We want her to know life does not have to suck. That she can actually have a joyful existence, not work to live, but live to work.
-We want her to be enthusiastic about learning.
-We want her to respect her own rhythms, to allow herself the time and space she needs, when she needs it.
-We want her to be damn good at math.
-We want her to be damn good at writing.
-We want her to have time for creativity. We want her to bask in it. We want her to roll around in creativity. Eat it and breath it.
-We want her to trust her intuition (first step, parents trusting theirs).
-We want friends to meet her in an environment where they can see who she really is.
As of yesterday at 3PM, it is winter break.
We have filled out the forms and taken the first step in faith. We don’t have to see the whole staircase.*
*Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.