Reflections on Your Homeschool Graduation ~
Written by Jamie C. Martin of Simple Homeschool and Introverted Moms
It’s impossible to sum up a lifetime of homeschooling in a few sentences, but I’ll try anyway.
15 years ago, I had a dream. Like many dreams, it was hopeful, idealistic, and unrealistic. It dared to reimagine what learning could look like for my three young children.
I dreamt of an educational style that would enable our relationships to deepen, that would allow my kids to love learning, and that would give them an increasing sense of freedom and autonomy in their teen years.
I dared to believe that this educational philosophy could prepare a child for the real world as well as or perhaps even better than age-segregated classrooms, hours of busywork, and a packed schedule of extracurriculars.
I continued to dream, even as I lost sleep over the reality of homeschooling: bickering children, curriculum fails, losing my temper, unexpected storms in parenting and marriage, not to mention regularly wrestling with the sense that I might be screwing up these kids.
But as I reflect on your homeschool graduation earlier this month, Jonathan, I’m reminded that with God’s faithfulness, sacrifice, and tons of hard work, dreams can still come true.
Not only is it possible to home educate all the way through high school, it can become a treasured life accomplishment, a legacy that positively impacts future generations.
I am so proud of this young man, who lights up our world both figuratively and literally, as he goes on to pursue a career in live event lighting design.
Jonathan, you are an out-of-the-box, thinks-for-himself, lifelong learner who loves others like Jesus.
The path that awaits you will not be straight. You’ll encounter unexpected turns, face your own storms, and make your own mistakes.
Many changes lie ahead, but one thing remains the same: Just as it’s been for the past 17 years, your mom will be right here whenever you need her.
I know that you are ready for the world; I just hope that the world is ready for you!
Love you forever and always, Mom xo
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