Fifteen months ago we pulled our then 10-year-old son from public school and jumped into the grand homeschooling adventure. While it has not been an easy road (read: I am going to lose my mind if I have any more conversations about Minecraft, a game I refuse to purchase), it has changed my son’s life.
This month’s theme of Enrichment and Creativity lent itself well to me looking back and taking stock. Back when he was still in school, I had to do a lot of afterschooling to pick up the slack. Not only was I reteaching many of his lessons in a way he could grasp, but I was providing tutoring and experiences and opportunities he wasn’t getting in school. Now I call that Wednesday…or pretty much any day of the week.
Because of this, he’s a different kid now. A year ago he was withdrawn and anxious. Today he is almost back to his curious and enthusiastic self. I pray that remains as he slams into adolescence; he’s 13 months from 13 God have mercy on me. I no longer have to enrich his learning because everything I did is now called school. Fun additions are lessons. Curiosity and creativity are encouraged, not brushed aside in favor of test prep. Best of all? Learning is fun again.
I never expected to be a homeschooling mom. Then again, I never expected to have a twice-exceptional son and go through absolute hell trying to educate him like everyone else. I like this way so much better. Enrichment is just…the norm. And it’s flat-out awesome.