So… It’s been a while since I started writing this blog and, in all honesty, while I’m all gung-ho about homeschooling in general, I have a hard time figuring out what to write about in the ‘homeschooling’ category besides of what I’ve shared so far. Is it gonna live? I don’t know.
I feel like anything important and shareworthy homeschool-wise has been said a million times over on the internet.
Virtual clutter is still clutter.
There are so many helpful homeschool blogs out there and a whole lineup of perfectly organized, fully prepared, 100% education-devoted on-top-of-everything homeschool moms slash childhood psychologists that are willing to sell you their ideas and printables and get you started with their affiliated curricula and share their lesson plans and science project ideas and whatnot.
And then there is me.
Long-term happily clueless, 3 years into homeschooling to be exact. Not following any specific homeschool philosophy or a model, not a single curriculum on any of our shelves, not a full-fledged unschooler either.
Wait for it…
Not even a friend of Jesus.
I mean… What do I have to give?!
I guess I could attempt to compete with perfection in the name of a fatter paycheck or I could at least get in line to try to blend in and make a few virtual homeschool friends along the way, but that goes against my principles and I can’t help the fact I’m a hopeless introvert. Some things will never change.
At the very least, I could do regular update posts on our magically inspirational and transformational homeschool journey to keep this blog category alive. But the truth is, it’s not that magical. Honestly. Still, our kids are thriving. Maybe I’m not doing it all wrong?
There is vlogging, too. I’m painfully awkward in front of a camera though. Is it an introvert thing? Clearly, vlogging isn’t going to work.
But the truth is, on a pretty regular basis I get a lot of questions about the most mundane things like:
- “What is your homeschool day like?”
- “How do your kids learn without using textbooks?”
- “What do you mean your child learned to read on her own?!”
- “Your kids are so nice to each other (you know…on those rare occasions…) – what’s your secret?
- “So… What are homeschool groups like?”
- “How do you keep your kids entertained all day long?!”
Things like that. Things I no longer second-guess. They’re just…an undefined reality that happens to happen. I never imagined this could be of interest to others.
But what if it really is?
Clearly, people are curious, and they’re not always interested in the academic aspect of homeschooling.
Who knows… It could be just what I was looking for when I scoured the internet for the slightest hint of The Average Homeschool Mama’s Manual 3 years ago. The raw truth. The real deal. Honest and uncensored. Never found it though. Odd. Maybe I wasn’t committed enough and it WAS out there; I’m not saying it wasn’t.
So I guess what I’m trying to say is I’m not giving up on the homeschooling category just yet, so if you want to hang around, your company is much appreciated, homeschooler or not. Expect nothing but honesty, but very little around-the-kitchen-table learning experience.
Our homeschool style is anything but pious, and our lives are everything but faith-centered. If it’s not for you, I completely understand.
No hard feelings?