I have enjoyed getting to know Melanie through Solidarity Sisters, and I am excited to be here guest posting today! I am especially excited to have her as a guest host for our Parent Teacher Meet Up! If you are new to this link-up, it is all about taking some time to reflect on a week of learning with our kids. Whether you are a homeschool parent, a parent with littles still too young for school, or a parent who has kids in brick and mortar schools but still values providing additional education at home… this link up is for you! Be sure to check out the guidelines at the end of this post and link up!
Melanie asked me to talk about my reason for homeschooling. When my husband and I decided to fully commit to homeschooling our son, I was honestly kind of surprised. We had never planned to homeschool when we first became parents, but over time it just kind of clicked for our family to focus on education as a part of our overall family life. I wrote about our decision and a little bit about what homeschooling looks like for us an introduction post you can find here. This is our first official year (and actually in our state we aren’t even “official” until next year because Aiden isn’t 6 yet!) and we are still very much figuring things out. However, we absolutely know that this is what is right for our family.
When it comes to how we actually go about homeschooling, while I appreciate the curriculum options we have available (you can read all about our choices for this year in this post) I have found that we are leaning more towards unschooling than homeschooling… at least right now. That may change when winter hits and we are stuck at home more often, but right now we are doing more learning as a part of everyday life than we are doing things by the book. We also use a lot of online and app-based resources in our homeschool. You can read about some of my favorites in this list! I really think that as Aiden gets older I may add in some more “formal” education based in a Charlotte Mason style, but right now we are just doing what comes naturally.
I absolutely love the community that I have found online with other homeschool moms. It is such a blessing to be able to see other women choosing to commit to this life of education their children at home, and it is also good to see that we all have struggles and moments when we feel like things aren’t what we pictured when we started. It is that genuine sharing, as well as the great ideas I get from other mamas, that helps me feel like I am not in this alone. I am thankful for the women I have gotten to know so far, and I look forward to meeting some new friends along the way as well!
So, that is me as a homeschool mom in a nutshell! I am so grateful to Melanie for having me. I look forward to reading everyone’s posts this week for sure! Feel free to say hello on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram as well so I can get to know YOU! And check out the #ParentTeacherMeetUp board on Pinterest for other homeschool posts as well!
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