When I began to home school the kids, I had several reasons for doing it. Such as...
- Take them out of situations that were guaranteed to be overwhelming for them,
- Lessen the amount of stimulation they were getting,
- Reducing the opportunities they had to do things that would be harmful to their healing,
- Make up for the nurturing time they lost as younger children,
- Give them a strong foundation from which to build
Love and closeness was once very threatening to these kids. They ran from it, became to 'hyper' to be able to avoid it, raged away from it, made themselves smell to keep people away, etc. So naturally they did not like the idea of being home. At the beginning I often heard from them that they wanted to go back to school.
Although I try to give them a broad knowledge of many things, my main focus with my children is not arithmatic, geography, or writing. My main focus it to bring out their spirits; who they are meant to be. Until recently their true selves have been hidden under their pain, anger, hate, and various traumas. I think that I am finally seeing my children for who they really are instead of what their traumas brought out in them.
I am so touched by watching them play together, instead of reliving traumatic events together.
I love to see the concern in their eyes for another person's pain.
I feel so grateful each time one of them sees someone's need and helps selflessly.
I love to see the loving relationships that are being built in our home.
I think it is so adorable that Jazmine can comfort Makenzie almost as well as I can.
My spirit smiled when Jada, on her own, opened and closed the door for a person hauling new flooring into our house, then tried to help him carry everything downstairs.
Tears came to my eyes when, as we drove past their former school, my boy said, "I liked going to school, but I like being homeschooled more 'cause then we get to be with our mom all day. That's pretty awesome."
When I get the question now, what do I say?
Why do I homeschool?
I homeschool my kids because I LOVE to spend every minute of each day with them. I love watching them become who they are supposed to be. I would miss them WAY too much if I didn't get to spend all day every day with them.