Over twenty years ago we made the decision to home educate our children. It was a lifestyle choice for us as well as a style of parenting we wanted to embrace. We wanted to nurture play, curiosity, imagination, and a love for learning in our children.
“I think play is an expression of our creativity; and creativity, I believe, is at the very root of our ability to learn, to cope, and to become whatever we may be.” ~Mr. Rogers
“No matter what our family situation or life style, we as parents are our children’s first teachers. The importance of what they learn in the home and through their relationship with us cannot be underestimated.” ~Rahima Baldwin Dancy, You Are Your Child’s First Teacher
“Learning is as natural as breathing.”~ John Holt
We home schooled all the way through high school. The effects of our choice to home school has been positive for us as a family and for each of us as individuals. Home education has given us a stronger sense of family. It has enabled us to respect and trust our children’s will to explore, grow, and learn as well as respecting and trusting ourselves as parents.
Because we home schooled, we were less dependent on a Monday through Friday, 9 to 5 schedule. Home education gave us great flexibility and freedom to do what we wanted. This freedom gave our children (and us too!) time to develop, learn and grow at their own pace within a loving, trusting, and nurturing home. Today, both of our kids are in college!
Learning is a life long journey. It is a fabulous journey when you are learning as a family.
“There are lots of societies without schools, but never any without homes. Home is the center of the circle from which you move out in all directions.” John Holt