From time to time curious folks ask why we homeschool. It’s understandable really. Honestly there are days when I wonder myself why we would do such a thing. 🙂
I often have a tough time with that question because the answer is not so much comprised of big, overarching “This We Believe” convictions, as it is.. well just the way we live.
Our reasons for homeschooling are not bullet points in a business plan, they’re more like photos in one of those accordion style wallets. You know the kind I mean, right? I’m thinking of the sort that grandma carries around so that when someone says, “And how are the grandkids?” she can unfurl a length of smiling faces as long as she is tall.
Our reasons for homeschooling are snapshots of our days – all the little ways that being together and learning together lend a space, time and closeness to our lives that I’m just not willing to part with.
Granny’s Garden is one of the photos in our “why we homeschool” album. From late winter to early fall, we make monthly treks to visit with my grandmother and help her build and tend to her garden. She lives about a 4.5 hour drive from us, so it’s no small endeavor to make regular trips. There’s no way that we could visit her nearly so often if the boys attended school.
I think too that there are lessons to be had in that garden. Lessons about food production, dietary considerations, soil pH, photosynthesis, the water cycle, the lifecycle of insects, all of that more, to be sure… but more to the point, there are more lessons about heart, history, tradition, connection, roots, and the joy of hard work. There is the feel of the sun on your neck, the soil between your toes, the sounds of birds mingled together with the laughter of your loved ones.
Could they have those things if they went to school? Absolutely. I did.
But I’m greedy. I want more of that for them, more of that for all of us. I want our heads full of knowledge – equations and poetry, dates and theories – yes, but I also want dirt under our nails.
For the green thumbs that are present (or those, like me, who are trying ever so hard despite a completely BLACK thumb). I thought you might like to hear what we planted this year in Granny Garden:
Turnips (for the greens, of course)
Texas Sweet Onions
Purple Hull Peas
Basil, Parsley, Oregano, Lemon Balm, Mint, Thyme, Cilantro
And something new this year, a flower garden!
Zinnias, Fire Wheels, Morning Glories, Coneflower, Daisies, Sunflowers, Azaleas and Roses!
Wish us luck!