Sunday / May 15 / 2011
It’s not all denim jumpers: my sister’s homeschooling gets an “A” in my book
Let’s play word association. I say, “green” you say, “go”. I say, “puppy” you say, “love”. I say, “homeschooling” you say, “um… sheltered?” Ouch. Well, listen up. I’m about to change that dated perception.
This really isn’t a lecture about why you should homeschool. It’s much more about why you shouldn’t judge those who do.
There are many ‘for instances’ I could give you, including my homeschooling Grant in the 7th grade. But attention today is on my baby sissy Debbie, who homeschooled her first grader Lainey Joy for the first time this year. I call Lainey, “Toots” but as as she’s quick to point out, “It’s “Toots” like tootsie pop — not like gas.” Thank you for clarifying.
A few days a go, Debbie sent me a brief recap of her first year homeschooling and it took my breath away. Let me put it this way, in a school year’s time, Toots accomplished about 10x what I did. Seriously. Check it out: Laineys First Grade Portfolio. Note the absence of solidarity and denim jumpers.
My personal faves include the jellyfish pic at Newport Aquarium and the pic of Lainey and her baby sister Caroline with their lil hats at Dorothy Lane Market. I also love the pic of all three girls (American Girl doll included) at the Shedd Aquarium. But most near and dear to my heart is the pic of Toots public speaking — about Poland, no less (our heritage). Double proud!!
I am beyond words proud of my baby sissy and her daughter. What a beautiful first year homeschooling. What a tremendously successful job encouraging and strengthening Lainey’s passions and strengths. All the things an extraordinary teacher would do. Oh, and by the way, my as-of-yesterday-two-year-old niece Caroline (I call her Cha Cha) knows her colors, can do a somersault all by herself, TALKS up a storm and can sing the alphabet.
Good genes or good “Mama”-ing. I’m going with the latter. Homeschooling gets an “A” in my book.