I think I've mentioned previously in passing that we've begun homeschooling this year. I thought I'd fill you all in a bit more on that.
Homeschooling is something my husband and I always considered. We were both education majors for a few years in college before changing our majors to communications (decided separately...it was not a grand scheme). The two of us have been interested in the process of childhood development and the process of education long before we were committed to each other or had children. I'm sure those of you who read this blog regularly have realized that we're very hands on and passionate about experiences and every opportunity for exploration for our children. And those who personally know our family have noticed that we've got a clan mentality...we're a pack and like to stick together.
Those two thoughts, along with my husband and my wanting our children to develop strong relationships with each other and us, our Christian faith, and our desire to provide our children with time to deeply develop their interests have solidified our decision.
This decision was not easy to come by. We live in an area with excellent schools. When we lived in the city of Milwaukee and when we lived in the rural area of Belgium, Wisconsin, we knew the decision was going to be easier. But when we moved north of Milwaukee to our current location, the decision became more difficult.
But we are fortunate to have a very developed homeschool community in our area. There are many families and organizations that make homeschooling easier and more social. There are also quite a few businesses, including the cultural center, YMCA, arts center, and zoo that offer classes to homeschooling families. Those have made the decision a bit easier...and less intimidating.
As I've discussed my decision and this journey we're beginning, I've had interest from readers, friends, and acquaintances. Because of this interest, and also to help myself document and sort out my own feelings, I've began writing a homeschool blog (appropriately titled Ugga Mugga School). So far it is just me thinking through my decision and trying to locate some curriculum. As it goes forward, I'll be writing about the journey...the daily successes and difficulties.
If you're interested in homeschooling, thinking about it for your family, already a veteran home educator and needing a laugh, or just curious, you can follow my new adventure at UggaMuggaSchool.com.
The blog is still a long way from having a design or permanent layout. It's just in the beginning stages. But I know I would have loved to have someone to look to (or laugh at) so I'm hoping to provide my services for others. It's sure to be a memorable journey!