The number one question I get constantly is some variation of where do I look for homeschooling resources? I have no idea where to start, can you tell me all of your favorite links and resources? Or I’m so scared to homeschool my child because I don’t know how they’ll turn out. Or how do you start? I’m going against my entire family by deciding to keep my child out of school and I need your help.
First off, I want to inform you that school systems are a pretty recent development as far as our human life goes. Like just within the last couple hundred years. And mostly based off religious instruction and training for soldiers. If you want to learn more about that check out the books Free to Learn and Home Grown.
Secondly, I am a product of homeschooling through the 80s t0 2000s and damn proud of it. Schooling in public or private schools for my children has never even crossed my mind as a possibility. I don’t personally feel that children learn easily in same age groups, which is how nearly all schools are designed. It’s also seeming less and less safe to be in schools in general, as we all know. Frankly they haven’t seemed safe for a long time, as many kids/teens are introduced to drugs, medications, underage drinking, etc. and it’s almost unheard for a child to come through the school system without being introduced or even immersed in these things.
Next stage of this rant… I personally would rather have control or at least have the ability to guide what my child is learning about, and make damn sure they get plenty of useful information. I’d much rather my child be able to identify and eat foods in the wild, build shelter in the forest, and learn mediation techniques to use with peers, versus non-truthful information about this country’s history or advanced math that they may literally never use again in life.
There’s so much more I have to say on this subject. Look for that in my future posts. People have asked my thoughts on socialization of learning from home children. Know that it is unnatural to only socialize with same ages, and it’s in our design to learn with and from all ages - whether it be from family members or other members in the community.