Three years ago my wife and I made the choice to homeschool our three kids. It was a choice that I had always said I would never do, but as life would have it, you should never say never.
Is homeschooling for everyone? No, but it was a decision we made as a family and we have been happy with that decision.
I remember growing up way back in the ’70s and ’80s and looking at the homeschooled kids as social misfits. To me, they were like moles, you know the ones I’m talking about. They were rarely out and when they did come out they didn’t seem to quite fit in with the rest. Or so that was my perception and what lead me to say I would never homeschool my children.
Looking back on it now, I find it quite ironic that growing up one of my best friends was homeschooled up until junior high. Was he a misfit? Yeah in some ways, but I can honestly say he was an inspiration and a great guy to be around.
So why did I have this sudden change of heart? Homeschooling has come a long way over the past 20+ years. Nowadays there are homeschool sports teams, co-ops for homeschool kids to get together and have some interaction and instructional time together, orchestra, choir, homeschool PE and the list goes on.
Gone are the days of homeschool families being social outcasts. In many ways I think homeschooling of the past was a way for families to separate themselves (the kids mainly) from society in fear of what might become of them. Today families have embraced homeschooling as a way to be more involved in the education of their children while at the same time being involved with their communities whether at church, co-ops or other social gatherings like sports.
If you have ever thought about homeschooling or maybe you are like I use to be and think we are a bunch of nuts, whatever the case might be I would invite you to look into it a little more and see what it might offer your family.
Here are some great sights for you to check out and learn more about homeschooling activities in the Ozarks:
- SHEM – Southwest Home Education Ministry
- Lighthouse Christian Eagles – Lighthouse Christian Eagles Homeschool Sports
- RUSH – Rush Homeschool Sports
- Lighthouse East – One of the local co-ops for homeschoolers
- Classical Conversations – Another local co-op.
These are just a few of the sites in the local area for homeschooling information. There are other co-ops and sports organizations in the local Springfield area and I would highly recommend that you take some time searching them out if you would like to learn about all the opportunities for homeschoolers in the local area.
As a dad of three homeschooled kids, I can honestly say that this has been the best decision for our family. I love being involved in my kid’s lives and I know my wife does too. Is it all a bed of roses… NO! But being part of this journey with them has been very rewarding. For me I have had the awesome opportunity to coach my middle son’s basketball team this year and I am loving every minute of it. It is these opportunities that have made me appreciate homeschooling a lot more.
So I guess you could say, I am now a social misfit. lol
Here is a video that should bring a tear of laughter. Thank you Tim Hawkins!
If you are a homeschooler we would love to hear from you. Share your experiences and if there are other websites for the local area that I have missed, please share them with us (in the comments section below) for others to see. If you are not a homeschooler, but have questions for those of us who are, please leave them in the comment section below.
Homeschooling is not for everyone, but as in all of life it’s nice to have some different options to choose from.