I home school my children.
This is what I tell others. It’s a lie.
First, the “home” part. My children and I spend large portions of each week all kinds of places that are not home. We attend music lessons, play dates, game nights, and all kinds of classes. We go to the grocery store, museums, and parks. We take road trips out of town and out of state. We go on weekend quilt retreats that start on Thursday and end on Monday.
Second, the “school” part. School is defined as “an institution for educating children”. Is my home an institution for educating children? Yes, but not in the way most of us think of school. Most of us think of school as a state or privately funded organization that meets in a school building. In a school students are segregated by age and placed in rooms specifically designed for teaching and learning. Instruction is provided by a professional educator using the same curriculum provided for students the same age across the school district. This is far from what goes on in my home. Each of my children has had an education designed for his or her needs, wants, and talents. There are a handful of things all six of them have done and dozens of things only one of them has done. I’ve set up three or four hoops each child must jump through, but none of them are academic.
So, “home school” is a huge misnomer. What we do is only sometimes at home, and only occasionally slightly resembles school.
Words can be powerful. When I use the term “home school” I tend to compare what I do with what happens in school. I sometimes wonder if my children are doing enough, or if I’m covering everything I should be. I also compare my children with others who call themselves home schoolers. Are my children behind? Are they having the same experiences as others?
I think my goals and intentions can be more accurately called providing individualized direction and training, facilitating learning, and raising adults. If I think in these terms I focus on these goals.
[For students registered for Algebra 2, please complete lessons A and B and be prepared to turn them in on the first day of class.]