A Thorn has become a Rose!

August 31, 2009

I’m a suburban Philadelphia mom of two teens, one is highly motivated the other, twice exceptional. Before become a mother, I thought homeschoolers were “freaks”. I had my children in elementary school and felt it was right for all of us. Yet, the few years that did go by, I realized we were really teaching them more at home, in a better environment.

Push came to shove when I shed many tears when the school was telling me my son was “slow” but could not tell me why. He was only in second grade and was acting out already. My daughter was a good student but lost in the shuffle, just a number. We tried charter and private schools and nothing seemed to help. Then we went to outside testing; oddly my allegedly “slow” child, was actually just a bored, bright child. 

We began homeschooling him, then my daughter asked to be homeschooled also. We’ve done both now, and through our own trials and tribulations, we developed an online coop for gifted, twice exceptional and highly motivated youth who are sort of lost in the shuffle, or the parents still need support in spite of the efforts they are already completing at home.

What was once a period of time where I thought I had two children lost in our educational system, enabled me to rise and become a national legal advocate, and to also develop programming specific for a niche that is pushed aside. My children are happy, intelligent teens who have a great sense of humor as well as a sense of ethics; and I am now proud of not only my children but of the lifestyle we choose to live, as of a homeschool family.

My biggest tips for a homeschool parent new or seasoned: Instill passion in learning and never create a ceiling. You never know what can be accomplished beforehand, and embrace any accomplishment after the fact. It’s all a part of the process.

If you are new, you may feel unique. Something about you may feel in the minority in homeschooling; don’t let it stop you. Homeschooling is about freedom and empowerment, about love and betterment. You can do it and yes, you will make friends and so will your children; both local and online!

What they did this past year?  Archaeological Dig, A national essay contest (twice), a national speech and debate contest, science fairs, spiritual learning, volunteering locally and in Philadelphia, delivered food door to door to strangers in need, WON awards (nationally!), enjoyed friendships new and old (silver and gold :), enjoyed a full curriculum that they helped develop that included anthropology, magic, ted talks, nova movies, butterfly migration stations, hatching and releasing endangered quail, studied finches, built an aviary, trained finches for release in wild, studied with a scientist, interviewed a famous rap musician, went to museums…..  and many memories of of cold winter days, with hot chocolate and warm jammies, reading by the wood stove, while flurries fell and we felt blessed to be with each other. Also, warm spring days, reading or discussing assignments under a tree…. or catching rays at the pool while figuring out which projects to start first.

You are NEVER alone in homeschooling. Sometimes the thorns that hurt the most break away and a rose blooms.

I am honored to be a part of YOUR world and blessed you are a part of MINE 🙂

Michele

www dot nationalgiftedscholars.com

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