what homeschooling means...

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I cringe when it is obvious that my oldest isn't in public school and the question is asked, "Do you homeschool?"

For the records, yes.  For me and my girls, do we do "school" at home?  No.

That was one of the most appealing aspects of homeschooling that really interested me, not having to recreate the schoolroom and its' processes.  Although it has taken a year+ to learn how to be confident in our choice to homeschool and homeschool unconventionally, I can finally say that I feel peace that this way of life fits for us.  That is want I wanted: our homeschooling, or whatever it is called, to be a way of life, a rhythm that fosters confidence, nurturing, love of learning, exploring, and seeing the world firsthand.

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It is still easy to question myself and compare ourselves to a million variations of everything we could have chosen for our kids.  I'd like to think that is a normal part of life, especially when you step outside of the mainstream box.  And yet, there is a quiet magic that follows us in our days that is evident when I catch the glimpse of pure joy over new discoveries.

 I can't imagine not sharing those discoveries.

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(All photos are from our adventure at the Civil War Winter Camp at the U.S. Army Heritage Museum here in Carlisle, PA.)

The last photo makes me smile every time I look at it.  The twins are looking annoyed from having to sit so long (they will get out of the stroller soon, don't worry), Johanna is not quite sure if she wants her photo taken--even on the other side of this strange woman in costume, and Caroline, my sprouting Caroline is honored and thrilled to be standing next to this woman that reminds her of everything we've been exploring about Colonial times.

Homeschooling means pressing forward with whatever works for oneself and one's family.  It means not wasting time looking back but thriving because you get to spend countless moments with incredible individuals in which life is just unfolding.

the sleepy time gal