It's cute how we think life will follow a certain path... and then God smiles and rubs his hands together and suddenly our path curves sharply and meanders off around a hill in the distance to some location we can't quite see. This is what has happened to me.
Through some random series of link-clicking, I came across a blog on homeschooling. This in itself is odd since I rarely click random links. That I read the most recent post was also unusual. Homeschooling is not something we ever considered for our family. So anyway I read the blog and by another coincidence, the writer was part of a group posting on their blogs for ten days about different homeschool methods and topics. There were ten blogs, posting for ten days, and I clicked link after link, reading the current posts for each one. Interesting.
I went about my day but those blogs kept popping back into my train of thought like a little itch scratching away at the back of my brain. I sent the kids off to school. scratch, scratch, scratch I did a bathroom tidy and threw in a load of laundry. scratch, scratch, scratch I talked to my sister for TWO HOURS on the phone (not about homeschooling, just about 'things'. We can really talk when we get on a roll). Gosh. scratch, scratch, scratch I put together a jumble of ingredients for a stew supper later that night. scratch, scratch, scra ... you get the idea.
The next morning I searched the history list of my browser, revisited those links and subscribed to the blogs with my google reader. At this point I was subscribed to three blogs. Inn on the Border Weather Report, Welcome to Wherever You Are, and What God Said Tonight. That's it. Only the three.
Since discovering the home school blogs, and following related links, I now subscribe to 67!! assorted blogs related to home making, home schooling, education, the Bible, and God (see my menu for many of these). Good Lord!
Hum. Little off the track there. But really... 67 subscriptions. Anyway.
This little scratch continued through the week. Obviously I began reading more than those first 10 blogs.
Then I discussed home schooling with J on date night.
And started mentioning some ideas to my children.
And began talking to J about it nightly. I admit, occasionally his eyes glaze over.
At this point, I believe home schooling is what God wants us to do next year. I know how it sounds. Crazy as can be. Or maybe not. This is my blog, after all.
I have talked to a facilitator at a School Board that supports traditional homeschooling. Helen was a fantastic source of information. A very nice lady too. What was going to be a few questions turned into an almost two hour conversation. oops
I'd like to attend a home school convention coming up in our province this month. Helen told me about a few home school stores in my own area that I want to check out. And I need to do some more reading before making my final curriculum decisions. The amount of information on the internet is amazing and a little overwhelming. There are so so many choices. And is home schooling the right decision? And if so, how should I direct the new path we will follow? I need to pray for guidance.
How did you decide to home school and after that, what to use for curriculum and teaching aids?