Monday, September 6, 2010
Lifers (Those Who Start Homeschooling from Birth), Convertees, and School Kids (Oh My!)
Lifers: I find them to be a curious species (in a good way, of course).
As a homeschooler, I kind of compare this situation to people who are born Jewish, versus people who convert to Judaism.
People who convert are not any less Jewish than I am (I was born into it), but they don’t always have the exposure to the culture that Jews-by-birth may have.
We weren’t “born into” homeschooling. We kind of converted to it…
But these homeschoolers from birth are pretty amazing. They have kids who sometimes want to try public school (and sometimes do), but most of the time, they seem to be perfectly content with living in their always-been-homeschooled world.
Which I find wonderfully fascinating.
In a way, I’m envious. If-I-knew-then-what-I-know-now, would I have homeschooled from the beginning? Probably. Do I regret Becca’s public school time? Not at all.
But I can’t help but wonder how it would have been if I’d homeschooled Becca from the get-go.
I am on the “Board” of our primary homeschool group. I look at the other three board members, and I realize, that I am the only “convertee” in the bunch. It’s a sobering thought.
(I’m also the board member with the oldest child.)
It’s great that we have a somewhat diverse little group helping to run (facilitate) our homeschool group
It’s a direct representation of our homeschool group at large. We have a great group of homeschoolers from birth, convertees and a few schooled kids, thrown into the mix.
To borrow a phrase from Martha Stewart: It’s a good thing!