Our Homeschooling Journey


What Do I Do On Monday?
Our Homeschool Journey
One Homeschooler's Story
Reading for Homeschoolers
Games as Learning Tools
Homeschooling and Socialization
High School Learning for Homeschoolers
Preparing Homeschoolers for College
Community College as a Homeschooling Tool
Who are Homeschoolers?
Homeschooling Materials and Resources
Field Trips a Great Homeschooling Tool  
XIII. Homeschooling Groups and Coops  


Why Did We Homeschool?

Homeschooling was something I began to think about when Brian, our oldest was about two years old. He was very precocious and already knew much of what I knew they would cover in Kindergarten. I began to think of homeschooling as something we could do for a few years and then have Brian tested and put into an appropriate classroom. Then I started to read and talk to others about homeschooling, long before Kindergarten would have come I had decided that I wasn't sure I would ever want to send him to school. In the meantime his sister Hillary had come along and I knew that she would be a much different type of learner and would have other issues if she went to school. By this time I was more deeply into my journey, though still with lots of uncertainty. Fortunately we had formed a support group and shared our concerns and our accomplishments with each other.

Every Child is Different - Homeschooling Respects Differences

In time Brian was not so far ahead of others his age intellectually but he had social issues that would have lead to teasing, something I had endured for many years in school. Homeschoolers tend to be more accepting of who people are not depending on their age, gender, handicaps and differences in personality. Brian graduated Penn State University with honors and has been working since. Currently he is working on a Royal Carribean Cruise Ship!

Our boys both learned to read early but Hillary was closer to eight when she could truly read. This worried my mother greatly. I used to remind her that Hillary could dance, do gymnastics, did all kinds of art and was better at sports then the boys and that in time she would learn. Now as an adult she is the only one of our children who routinely reads for pleasure. If she had been in school her late reading would have been held against her and she would have been forced to learn and might not read for pleasure now. She is currently employed full time with another homeschooling family's business.

Joshua, if he had been in public school at an early age would have been diagnosed as ADHD, or something along those lines. When I used to read to him, he would be standing on his head, drawing a picture and maybe doing some other activities. If I would stop and asked him what I had read he would recite it verbatim. He still is constantly thinking of many things at once, like to pace while he thinks but also sits well in classes and is an honor roll student in High School. Josh choose to go to public High School because of the performing arts program they offered and his acceptance into that program. It turned out to be a great experience for him and as he completes his Senior year he wrote, directed and produced the first ever student run musical for his school. He has since written several other shows and directed more. Currenly he is earning college credits and touring with a performance outreach program with The Young Americans if they come to your town check them and and see if Josh is on that tour. You can learn more at JoshuaKurtz.com.

Now we are no longer truly homeschoolers in the literal sense but homeschooling to us was just another part of being a family. People used to ask me when I started homeschooling and I would say when Brian was born, I stopped saying this only when he repeated it to my father-in-law and it sounded "fresh" coming from a child. But it is the truth, we teach our children and they teach us from the moment of their birth. Often parents thinking about homes schooling will say how do I know I can teach my children? You have been helping them learn their whole lives; you have helped them learn to walk, talk, act appropriately with other people and everything else they can do so far, what makes their education any different? By the time they get to Calculus they won't need your help any more, unless you happen to know it yourself. So although our children learn many of their lessons from others these days they continue to learn life lessons from us and teach us life lessons, we share their important accomplishments and their frustrations, some of these things still happen at home but many happen in the wider world, just like they learned when they were "homeschooled".

You can read Josh's reflections on his time homeschooling here.