|1985-86, our first year homeschooling|
Well, let me give you my background:
I pulled my children out of public school in 1985 when they were in 6th and 7th grade and homeschooled them through high school graduation.
You may be saying “Big deal, I've homeschooled my children from day one."
- But in the 1980s the homeschool movement was in its infant stage (well, maybe toddler stage) and most homeschoolers put their children back into school at the time I was taking mine out.
- I wasn't aware of another family homeschooling in Lawton, Oklahoma when we first started.
- It was a time when very few cities had home school groups.
- When groups were available, they were typically loosely organized and made up mostly of parents with young children.
- We were dependent on 2-3 publishers of Christian curriculum who were just beginning to understand the homeschool market.
- Only 2-3 authors were writing about homeschooling. It was a year after Mary Pride’s The Way Home came out.
- Email and the internet weren't available to the common man.
- Because my husband was in the military, we homeschooled "on the move" in 5 diferent states. Some states didn't have official state laws for homeschooling, and many of the government and military authorities we encountered had never heard of homeschooling. Some were pretty sure it was illegal.
My husband, daughter and son, 1991
- Most Christian colleges still required a state certified GED for entry if you didn't have a Christian or public school diploma, so my children had to get their GEDs.
- When they graduated, my kids were the only homeschoolers among their Christian peers.
- If you think you get strange, rude questions about socialization, insulation and smother-mothering now, you can imagine what I got.
I have some concerns about bad trends in parenting that many of us - with the best intentions - unknowingly have adopted. I hope what I've written will be beneficial to you.
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