An exciting event occurred last weekend, our eldest daughter graduated from high school. Both Josh and I were the first generation of kids that were homeschooled which makes our family second generation homeschoolers. When it came to the subject of the education choice for our children, there was no question, we were going to homeschool and walk the next 20 years of education together as a family. As a homeschooling mother, I was blessed that both Josh and I felt so strongly about our decision that we were willing to make the financial sacrifices that came with my staying home to do the majority of the teaching while Josh worked so very hard to allow me to do so.
We loved being the ones who saw the light come on and the satisfaction in Victoria's eyes when she finally figured out a concept with which she had been struggling. I can remember the sense of satisfaction we felt when Victoria began reading the complete unabridged works of Jane Austen in the Old English at age 9 and realizing she knew how to read because of the hours of sitting on the couch together, side by side, learning and practicing.
I think the greatest compliment as homeschooling parents we ever had was when Victoria was working at the Science Center and the Department of NJ Education was doing a spot check on the knowledge of the Exhibit Associates. Victoria was one of the few Associates given a Kudos by the group to her supervisor due to Victoria's in-depth knowledge of not only the exhibits but also her general knowledge. When they learned she was homeschooled they asked Victoria to give their regards to her parents. They wanted to commend us on our efforts with our children. For a homeschooling parent, that is a huge accolade. It was also refreshing to know that the Department of Education valued the efforts of homeschooling and supported our decision.
The seasons are changing now. In the last part of 2011, Victoria graduated high school with a 3.8 GPA, we just had the ceremony a bit later. After all the years Josh and I spent teaching Victoria, there is a special feeling knowing you were the major factor in your children's education. We loved every second of homeschooling and considered it a privilege to be given so much time with our children. Having them with us each and every day gives us so many memories. We could never stand the thought of standing at a door or driveway and waving our children off each morning, we wanted to be a part of each area of their lives and then, slowly, as they matured, introduce to them to all the different experiences that would mold them into who God wanted them to become.
May God Bless and Keep You in His Grace,