I read an article about the positive results of homeschooling from the student’s perspective and it brought tears to my eyes. 40 students who had experienced both home education and conventional public education shared their views.*
I don’t often tell the story of how we decided to start homeschooling. But …. my son was 3 or 4 years old and someone asked him where he was going to go to school. He looked up at them with great certainty and said, “My mom is going to teach me.” My husband (at the time) and I both looked at each other thinking “what?” I was a bit horrified by the idea … what a HUGE responsibility that is. But I believe in signs, and Jess has always been wise far beyond his years, so I looked into it. The more I read, the more I knew it was the right choice. So that is the path we went down.
I can’t put into words how glad I am that we made that decision. The results have been phenomenal and, not only did he get a fabulous education, but I had to grow and evolve as a person to fill the shoes he needed me to fill. We made such great friendships with other families in the homeschool communities we participated in. The group in Santa Fe holds some of my fondest memories and dearest friends. It was great for both of us!
I can’t take all the credit for the education. We unschooled for awhile, allowing him to pursue in depth the subjects he most desired. You wouldn’t believe the things we know about dinosaurs. LOL. Then around 5th or 6th grade, he decided he wanted to go into a science field and he self-directed into online learning at a dizzying pace. I took him to tons of museums, bought lots of books, watched an outrageous amount of documentaries, enrolled him in numerous science, theater, and high-end art classes, took him traveling all over the globe and answered every question he ever asked with great thought (and sometimes research) behind my answers.

If you or anyone you know is interested in homeschooling, I have a whole website dedicated to the topic with tons of free and paid resources, tips, advice, and about how to find homeschool groups where you are … because those make all the difference. http://www.homeschoolsantafe.com/

*The article I mentioned is here:  … http://blog.drwile.com/students-compare-homeschooling-to-conventional-schooling/

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