Once I Was a Homeschool Influencer ~
Written by Jamie C. Martin of Simple Homeschool and Introverted Moms
Once upon a time I was a homeschool influencer.
I wrote posts that were often shared by thousands, sometimes by tens or hundreds of thousands. This probably won’t be one of them.
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Those posts, written about a decade ago, described a new (to us) way to educate, one that revolved around home. Books, cooking, nature, family.
As a mom with young kids, I discovered this lifestyle right alongside my readers. I shared not as an expert, but a fellow sojourner.
Together we found that learning didn’t always have to look like school, that even the path to reading fluency could be less painful, more holistic. Some children wouldn’t even need to be taught to read, the research suggested, but would learn on their own or with minimal help.
Those words were a lifeline. After all, learning to read is the starting line of the home education marathon, one early proof that you’re not ruining your children.
For two of my kids, the research proved true. But for my youngest, with a long list of adoption-related special needs, it hasn’t.
I’ve been actively teaching this child to read for NINE years. My son, who just turned 17, is still not a fluent reader. He may never be.
At this point the research goes silent. These aren’t the kind of posts that go viral, I can assure you. We won’t be posing as the poster family for homeschooling success anytime soon.
Yet if I could go back, the only thing I’d really change are my expectations.
The philosophy of relationship-centered homeschooling holds up, because it’s virtually the same for a child of any ability, whether they’re headed to Harvard or Home Depot.
It’s one of unconditional love and lifelong support, and how can that ever steer you wrong?
As parents we don’t call the shots, can’t determine outcomes. We sacrifice, day by day, year after year. We believe our unseen efforts will bear fruit, even when we can’t currently see any.
It may not make us glamorous or enviable influencers, but it will make us humble and faithful.
Maybe that’s the exact fruit God intended all along.
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