Wednesday, February 27, 2013

A little announcement.

If you follow me on instagram (which, you should. Because you know you can't get enough pictures of my kids. Heh.) you know that I've recently become obsessed with knitting.
Like, crazy obsessed.
So I decided to open a new etsy shop.
Expect shameless plugs regarding that little venture in the coming future.
Which leads me to the second part of the announcement...the reason I decided to try my hand at selling them as opposed to...I don't know, hanging onto them like some sort of crazy hoarder or something: we have decided to homeschool our boys. And we will be using the proceeds from the shop to help pay for curriculum, supplies and the like.
It's something that we have been talking about, thinking on, researching and soul searching for well over a year now.
And it's something that we just feel is right for our boys. At least for the time being.
Just about every person we've told has had a, "What the hell?" sort of look on their face.
Which - we get it. Perhaps we're not the "typical" homeschool type.
But the fact of the matter is, we believe that the way our society educates our youth is broken.
Not that there aren't great teachers and schools out there - there are. I even know some personally. (Teachers, that is.)
We just feel that our kids would benefit from something different. A more classical education that focuses more on learning and less on so-called, "social skills."
Which isn't to say that we're going to make our kids hermits or something - we're going to get them involved in sports, music/theater/art classes...whatever interests them. And I'm actively on the search for a local homeschool group to make friends.
We just want our kids to not be hindered by poor or un-even educating, especially in the elementary school years when they should be building the foundations for learning that they'll use for the rest of their lives. (Read Susan Wise's A Well Trained Mind - changed my LIFE.)
No one can argue that there are things about going to a "regular" school that are positive and impossible to replicate.
But for us, the negatives outweigh the positives ten-fold.
And so, we homeschool.
Feel free to judge. To ask, "Aren't you worried your kids are going to be weird?" (In a word, no.) To raise your eyebrows and gossip about it amongst your friends. Again, we get it. Just the term "homeschool" brings to mind images of pasty, anti-social kids with religious zealots for parents. It's not exactly a popular choice.
But as they say, "What is popular, isn't always right. And what is right, isn't always popular."
[I thought it should be noted that we realize homeschooling isn't for everyone. Sending your kids to public or private school does not, in our opinion, make you a lesser parent.]

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