“Are you homeschooling them yet?”
We are asked that question often as we travel from state-to-state.
At first, I wavered in my answer, “Well, they’re still young (ages 2 & 4). We do some school activities with them…”
The real answer though is THIS:
- We read stacks of books every day – with dramatic voices, with time for questions and answers.
- We talk about trees, animals, and rocks as we hike on new trails.
- We linger at libraries and listen to street performers.
- We go behind-the-scenes at important historical places.
- We interact with people of different ages, races, & socioeconomic backgrounds.
- We volunteer at and tour non-profit organizations 2-4 days out of every single week.
- Our girls listen as we ask questions like “What do you attribute to homelessness among our veterans?” and “What do you think the solution is for childhood poverty in our country?“
- We try new churches of different denominations. Last week, we went to a church where people wore headcoverings, had beards, and had a big feast with wine + dancing (like from the movies). Before that, we went to a Salvation Army church.
- We bake cookies and count teaspoons, cups, and eggs.
- We are learning US geography. (I actually know where all the states and most of the major cities are now!)
- Our 4-year-old has a pen pal.
- We visit with sick children, people with disabilities, and the elderly.
- We sample new foods and flavors.
- We see people in dozens of careers – as they go about their days.
In short, our girls are seeing the world at work. They are hearing conversations that usually happen away from children’s ears – conversations about business, politics, social issues, and money.
Last night as I was tucking our 4-year-old into bed, she whispered, “What organization are we going to tomorrow?” I told her and she smiled back, “And what else are we going to do tomorrow?” I pause, “Lots of wonderful things. I love you. Good night…and don’t you dare wake up your sister.” ;)
So – YES. I say it with confidence now, “Yes, we are definitely homeschooling.”