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The Road To Homeschool

We never set out to homeschool our son. No, definitely not! I didn’t think I had the talent, patience, or fortitude to prepare our son for his future. Anytime the topic came up in conversation, I covered my ears and chanted, “NO…NO…NO!” But in the early days of 2020, the world changed.

Zachary finished up 7th grade that year spending 16 hours a week online and the rest of his time doing busy work. It wasn’t the school’s or the teacher’s fault (they were doing the best they could) but his education suffered. As the year wound to a close, the administrators, educators, parents, and students began to eagerly chatter about returning to in-person school in the fall. It was understandable, everyone wanted to return to normal. But my wife is a registered nurse who deals with COVID daily and I am a bit of a data geek, and we came to the conclusion that nothing would be normal about the coming school year. So we began to entertain the idea of homeschooling, not for the rest of his academic career (absolutely not!) but just for 8th grade. It would be a bridge year to high school.

But something happened as the year rolled by. I discovered that not only was I decently good at the homeschool thing, I actually liked it. September turned into January and January advanced to April. By the time the May showed up on the calendar, we started dreading the idea of reintegrating back into the traditional school environment in the fall of 2021. Then suddenly, an idea popped into our heads…

We didn’t have to!

So we decided to take all that time, energy and money that we had poured into his tradition education and use it to focus on an education based on experience and travel (along with a few consulting fees to make sure we were on the right track.)

Are we doing the right thing? I honestly think so though I still have moments of doubt when I struggle to explain an algebra problem. We’ve talked to advisors, college admissions offices, and other parents who have successfully homeschooled high school and feel that our bases are covered. Skilled teachers are extremely good at educating a wide diversity of students (I definitely don’t have the skills for that) but no one understands how our child learns better than we do.

So we are off on the adventure for the next four years. Is there a better way to learn geology than to hike through the Grand Canyon?