It’s a weighty responsibility that we undertake, teaching our children at home. We put ourselves in the midst of a great experiment. We are like scientists with a hypothesis to prove, hoping that our laboratory efforts will go the way we expect.
As I watch my oldest son advance into higher levels of schooling and observe his attention to his studies and his care and kindness toward others, I
sigh squeal with excitement, “The experiment is working!”
I may joke that my 14-year-old is my “guinea pig,” but that’s really the case with all children in all families, regardless of school style. We just don’t know how personalities and circumstances will blend, nor can we completely predict the outcome.
And so it is with homeschooling as it is in parenting in general: Life is subject to change — and to error.