I hadn't introduced myself yet. It finally dawned on me, tonight, to do so.
I'm Judy, a 62 year old grandmother who firmly believes in home schooling. I've been around my grandson's life, since he was a revving motor in the playpen. I used to tell him, his battery was running down.
When Vincent was little, his mother (my daughter) was working with me in the ceramic shop. He started out in a playpen, atop a huge work bench but when he got a little bigger, we had to get a bigger playpen on the floor, close to where we were working.
Since my hands were always busy, I couldn't spend much time with him so we had yelling conversations, across the room. He was about 1 year old, when we started a game called the 'I love you' game. I would say "I love you 1" and he would reply "I love you 2" and so on, up to 100. Because of that game, he was counting to 100 by the time he was 18 months old.
It seems to me, home schooling was a part of life, long before he could walk. I just didn't realize it at the time. It wasn't a hard decision, later, to school him ourselves.
We let him go at his own speed, although we do dictate which studies, he will be on each day.
Homeschooling can be an adventure and actually exciting. Every time you turn around, you're finding new things to add to the studies. This I've learned about kids: they love learning, especially when you can keep the new stuff coming at them. They love new ideas and learning new things. You just have to be out there ahead of them, feeding those hungry minds.
Nice to meet all of you.