Homeschooling wasn’t something I was familiar with growing up. My first real encounter with someone who was homeschooled was in college. One of my college friends and her siblings were homeschooled until 4th grade.
She was grateful that she and her siblings learned to read and do basic math with confidence before entering the school system. They were also given more time to play creatively, relax at home with each other, and learn school skills at their own pace.
Her description made it seem pretty ideal. And clearly, she was a fully functioning college student so it didn’t appear that homeschooling for a few years harmed her too much. HA!
I had no idea at the time, but our friendship planted a seed that would later blossom into our own family’s decision to homeschool.
Playing at the playground. Making crafts. Hanging out with siblings. Playing pretend. Exploring science museums.
At the same time, they weren’t sure what to do with their free time and they didn’t want to fill it with more schoolwork.
I know that “they” say boredom is good for kids. And I am sure it can be. But that doesn’t mean that a bored teen is going to suddenly find new interests and passions simply because they were left to be bored.
Sometimes it takes more effort than that. And that is where I found myself.
At home with bored tweens. And they weren’t finding their passions through boredom.