[I wrote this post on Facebook after reading the message I quote at the beginning.]
“12 days into our new school year with Easy Peasy and we are ALL enjoying homeschooling more than we have in YEARS. We never had time for the extras or even free time before. We spent so much time bogged down in JUST the basics with very little to show for it. Now, we not only get to everything, but even in just two weeks I see joy and interest and the ever famed FREE time returning! We have tried all the “best” and most expensive curriculums… and it turns out the very best was right in front of us… and for the very best price of all!”
When I started EP, I wanted to help those struggling financially to be able to continue homeschooling, but I love hearing how EP has brought joy into homes. Too many people define successful homeschooling as children getting into top schools or winning top scholarships. I define successful homeschooling as learning and growing together and enjoying the experience.
I read more and more about the importance of passion in education, in life, in work, even in college admissions and scholarships. If kids are bogged down and bored, there is no passion. It’s not that my kids can’t wait to do their school each day (some things they really enjoy, some things they just do because they have to), but they each have their own passions. EP gives them a great foundation of education, and frees them to spend time on their passions (and I even get to see them put to use some of those foundational lessons from school).
How often do we hear of college students who keep switching majors because they don’t know what they want to do? It’s the same with twenty somethings who are still trying to figure out who they are. Homeschool kids don’t have that problem. They didn’t spend their entire education pretending to be someone they aren’t just to fit in. They get to be themselves at all times and are loved for it. They can come out of homeschool already having spent countless hours getting better and better at what they love to do and showing that passion will make them stand out from all the rest.
So maybe I want to say, when you homeschool, don’t try to fit the mold, whatever mold you are looking at and trying to be like. Every single family is different. Every single kid is different. Don’t try to squeeze your kids, or yourself, into a mold that wasn’t designed for you. Be you. Let your kids be themselves, and enjoy the opportunity to live and learn and grow together in your homeschool.