In a way, describing how we started down the road into homeschooling is really a dedication post to my very special friends.
Because that’s how it all started.
3 moms at church, each with teeny toddlers, met together for tea and discovered we all had like-hearts.
Perhaps we all shared a desire for attached parenting. We wanted to nurture our children, share in their formation years and inspire in them a love to learn.
After a few play-dates, tea dates and chats, and a few outings … our homeschooling was birthed.
I can clearly remember our pre-school planning time, we sat in a think tank and discovered how wonderfully the Lord led us. We used a Bible Alphabet Colouring book as our base and spent several weeks on A for Angels doing angel stories, angel songs, angel crafts, angel food, even angel games!
We realized we each had something special and unique to bring to our group. We realized our children enjoyed repetition more than we ever planned for! I think that, after a whole year, we only got to H for Hearts!
We grew into homeschooling as our children grew up. Some new babies arrived. Some more moms joined. Some moms moved. Some children went to real school. Some came back to homeschool … and back to school. I even homeschooled alone for a season.
When we started junior primary schooling, I visited a serious homeschool mom to view her methods and curriculum. I remember being scared, thinking, “How can I do this?” I know that I didn’t buy her curriculum. I also thought this was an awesome decision.
But my homeschooling became more than just a heart-choice. We bought a farm near a small rural town with no English schools, moved away, and so it was settled, we would have to homeschool. But I was glad. This left no room for doubts. I had to follow my heart which was set on homeschooling anyway.
That was a tough year.
No friends nearby.
No church group with moms and tots.
No other English-speaking families.
And definitely no other homeschoolers.
And it was my first year teaching all 3 children, each on their own core.
In a word. Stressful.
But, after just 2 years, there were 9 other local homeschooling families that got together, went on outings, socialized and encouraged each other. (And yes, we were still the only English family.)
Then we sold our farm and spent a year on the road looking for a new farm. All our homeschool stuff fitted into a small travel bag. We all used 1 core curriculum and had an amazing 18 months in intimate, simple homeschooling.
Now we live and homeschool on a very remote mountain farm, even further from friends and church groups.
But it is fine.
Our friends drive once a year to spend a school holiday with us. We travel to visit them. Our eldest children, now 16 and 17 years old, are still good friends.
And those amazing moms are still my dearest, most special friends!
Here’s my heart-felt thanks to you ~ travelling even just part of the homeschooling journey together has made all the difference in the world!