Friday, March 21, 2008

HOTM weekly meme: I Wish I Had Known

This weeks meme is

What You Wish You Had Known Your First Year of Home schooling

Oh boy! What I wish I known my first year...The biggest thing….Don’t worry!! Enjoy the little people! Explore, create, learn.... RELAX!

*Ü* Next... I wish I would have actually researched home schooling before I started. I didn’t... didn’t think to, didn’t know much about it... I just knew I wanted my children at home.

I would have sought out woman who had been home schooling longer than I had been *Ü* to get perspective and encouragement. I blew my own trail... it wasn’t a bad thing, I learned a lot on my journey (still am) but it would have been nice to have someone to talk with.... bounce thoughts off of….

Other than that, I’m not sure what I would have changed. We have had good times, hard times.... bored times, not so productive times..... but that’s life.... I have enjoyed our journey... getting to know my kids, watching them grow... getting to see almost all the firsts... its been pretty amazing.... it keeps going too. We are still learning a lot, about education, ourselves, family. The dynamics have changed drastically in the last few years. This last year has brought on more reflection than any other... since Shawn graduates in a few months!.... whoohoo!

but as far as the first year... that’s about it... Oh! I would have loved to have the internet! We didn’t own a computer then.... let a lone the internet! Gasp! Isn’t that a strange thought! Just 13 years ago I didn’t have any internet access!! Gasp! No online friends! Blogs to read! Forums to browse! Oh those were dark, dark days.... lol just kidding... but seriously... we got our first computer when RyLee was around 4?? So, that would be 7 years ago? 8 years ago? Wow! Have things changed....

Ok, so that would have made my life completely different! So I would have liked to have a computer and the internet back then... that first year. *Ü* I honestly believe a lot of things would have been different....

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it....


Ellen said...

I started 9 years ago, but there still wasn't much on the Internet. There are so many free lessons, ideas, and homeschooling advice available now. I'm so thankful that we have Internet to use in our homeschooling.

Anonymous said...

I hear ya! I wish I had known a veteran too! Would've been so helpful.

Barb-Harmony Art Mom said...

We have been homeschooling the same amount of time and I remember back to those "dark age" days before computers too.

I wish I would have known that I had choices....not so many back then, but that this was my homeschool and it could look any way that I wanted it to look.

I wised up when I was trying to homeschool all four and the "typical" homeschooling model didn't work so well with Pre-K, K, 6th and 8th grades all at the same time. :)

Great post,
Barb-Harmony Art Mom

Brenda said...

Oh, I agree! I do not know WHAT I would have done this year w/out internet. Seriously.

Tina said...

Wonderful post. And I agree with so much you said. Oh what I would have done differently. I know for sure I wouldn't have used ABEKA for 6 years straight. Just think of all those other neat programs/curriclums I missed out on!?!?!? LOL

Have a wonderful day!


Anonymous said...

Thanks for your comment on my blog. I made a lot of mistakes my first year and thus had a big list to share. :) When we started homeschooling four years ago, we had email but didn't have a blog. It's a great encouragement to meet other homeschoolers online.

Heidi @ Southpaugh Homeschool said...

Yes, yes, yes....I am SO grateful for the internet!!
I seriously do not know what I would do without it!!
Thanks for sharing!