Yep, you read that right! I am homeschooling two children, now! My 9th grade son (Gabe) went back to school and within a week or so started informing teachers they weren’t moving fast enough for him. Gabe is my son with Autism (for those of you that are new to my blog). I had no idea he was doing this at school and by the time he made it home at the end of the second week, he told me he was done.
I have to give my child some credit! I definitely taught him to advocate well for himself. As each teacher explained to Gabe why they wouldn’t accommodate a quicker speed, Gabe knew he was done. My mornings have consisted of Gabe coming to my door and asking me when we could start school. Who does that? My other child Kalan rolls his eyes when I tell him our lessons are going to get started. Gabe is a child that loves to learn and I can’t believe how philosophical he is.
I have to say, I’ve really enjoyed homeschooling Gabe. We have connected on a level I don’t believe we would have without homeschooling. I didn’t realize how many questions were swimming around in Gabe’s mind. He’s really concerned about the injustices of the world and why certain people are not treated equal in comparison to others. Gabe also wants to understand how to world began and how telescopes allowed us to see into space and calculate the distances to other planetary systems. As I sit and listen to all the theories and questions that Gabe poses, I think about how much his voice must have been stifled in public school. What did he do with all of these questions that he brings up with me? Did he just leave them to swim around his brain while he sat for hours, regurgitating teacher lessons?
Gabe loves to process what he’s learning and I’m realizing how methodical he is about each question he’s asked. When he and I work through multiple choice questions, he has to talk though each choice and describe to me why each answer is inaccurate. Kalan barely reads through the choices, quickly snatches the correct one, and is moving on to the next question. Whereas I have to slow Kalan down and get him to think about each choice, Gabe is already scrutinizing every detail of every answer and rewriting the choices to be more accurate. It’s so amazing to have two children that are so different in their learning styles.
I wish I had started homeschooling earlier for all of my children. The big difference I have seen in Kalan (who I’ve been homeschooling for over a year) is his confidence and how he enjoys getting involved in various conversations. Mike, Sydney, and I will be having a discussion and Kalan will be playing video games in a different room and will insert a comment into the discussion to the surprise of all of us. He doesn’t look like he’s listening, but he’s hearing everything that’s been said and is following right along. Kalan’s vocabulary is more indicative of a 9th or 10th grader even though he is only 12. Whereas he used to get made fun of in school for being smart and quirky, now he is complimented for his thoughts and questions. Kalan was so excited the other day when we went to a used bookstore and could finally pick up the books he had wanted. The school hadn’t allowed him a chance to get books because he had lost the other ones and for months could not accompany the other children to the library. What is wrong with our school system?
So, needless to say, I am a busy mom. I homeschool for 6 hours a day, but I’m already seeing the benefits of homeschool education. My children no longer lack confidence, they are getting back into reading and enjoying it after 6-8 years of hating it, and both are ahead of their classes in the material. My son Gabe is now on schedule to complete college courses in high school and Kalan is moving so fast, it scares me. I don’t want to even think about where he is going to be in another 2 years. Most of all, I am so proud of all of my children. I am a huge advocate of doing what is best for children and in my family’s case, that means homeschool.