He was just finishing second grade when I realized this wasn’t going to work for him – for us. School.
After agonizing over it, battling my own worries about the choice I was contemplating, and then pushing HARD to convince both my little and big guy that there was another option, and we could do it, we very hesitantly committed to TRYING homeschool. For a little while. Until we sorted something else out - till we found a school that was a “good fit” like the one he’d attended in California.
I knew that THAT school didn’t exist though. And if it did, finding it was going to destroy his love of learning and a good bit of who he was in the process.
Hey y'all! I'm Dani Dickie. I have one child, a daughter who is now 7. She's never been to school. When I thought about sending her, it seemed like so much fruitless effort. Being tied to that schedule growing up was torture for me and I don't want to do that again. I was so relieved to realize I don't have to. There's nothing she would learn in school that she couldn't learn at home and there's so much she could miss. Also, she's hilarious. I'm not missing out on that.
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If you're reading this, you're likely considering homeschool and feeling a mix of hope and fear. Your reasons for considering homeschool don't really matter, but let's list a few:
Thought I'd jump right in with a "day in the life" of an "unschool homeschool" day. Seems only right as I've started a group on the topic and all, hmm? Today wasn't exceptionally fascinating, but I think that's probably a good way to start, as I'm not trying to make anyone feel insecure about their own homeschool days - and TRUST me, some of our days are next level learning, yo!
But not today. Today we had a pediatrician appointment and a little guy feeling ouchy, so we let him go back to sleep for a bit. And then he woke up and we did things! Yay! Allow me to tell you a bit about it!
I have two college degrees - one in Social Science and another in Criminal Justice, though I could probably have about five degrees as my thirst for knowledge knows no bounds. This serves me well in the homeschool group science class I teach to 6-11 year olds every week. We have (usually) ten children show up to learn fantastic things about the universe, forensics, plant life - you name it. And the field trips? My goodness. Let's just say Fridays are never boring in our ever-expanding homeschool land.
The only thing that rivals my love of learning is my need for adventure. I love scavenger hunts and solving crime. I may have been Nancy Drew in a former life. Or maybe I'll become a detective when I grow up - though I hope I never do! Homeschool lover of learning forever!
Nice to meet y'all. Hope you find my posts informative and interesting. I really do.
Yes, we know you “don’t care about what anyone else thinks” about your family’s decision to homeschool – or maybe you do? Either way, it’s beyond frustrating to have that decision questioned by well meaning (and no so well meaning) friends and strangers.
The best defense is a good offense, so as you’re excitedly reading through curriculum options, you’ll do well to have your thoughts in order to shut down any conversations before they happen. Because honestly, who do these people think they are?
As I round out this second year of homeschooling – and feel like an experienced pro at it – I’ve decided it’s time to change some things. I’m calling them resolutions, but they’re more meaningful than that. Let’s see if you agree: