Thursday, February 2, 2012

Homeschoolers Are Quirky!

I mean that in the best possible way.

I used to wonder if it was just our 
family but as time rolls on 
I notice it 
in the lives of and 
on the blogs of other 
home educators.

Their kids are just a tad
different too.

They are different in that they are not 
afraid to be so.
They wear funny hats,
they dress up and make movies
on a whim.

They might spend hours researching
an interest that no one has assigned
to them....just because.

I've noticed that homeschoolers 
often don't put themselves in an 
age range box.
If they are playing with younger kids
they aren't afraid to act silly....

all the while being perfectly comfortable 
speaking with their elders at church.
What's up with that???

I've noticed that home educated 
children tend to grow up 
to be unusually 
close to their siblings.
They are the best of friends 
in many cases.

Many of our home educated friends
head into service and missions
not because their parents make them go....
but because they have heard through
their schooling years about missions


and have learned compassion
in a way that is as natural as breathing.

But, yes, there is no doubt at all that 
homeschoolers are a bit quirky.

And that is good.

They will not be pushed around
or led down a distressing path....
unless that is where they choose to go.
They are definitely 
a group who thinks for themselves.
A group who doesn't follow the crowd.

Must be the influence of parents
who aren't followers.
Parents who do the unusual
and do with less so that their
young people have this opportunity.
Parents who develop thicker
skin to deal with the stares,
the snide comments 
and the 
skeptical questions.

Parents who decide that some things
are more important than academics and
yet tend to turn out highly sought after
students for colleges all around the Country.

Could be because the parents 
are quirky.

Just sayin'!


Pam said...

Great post, well put! I like my quirky kids!

Anonymous said...

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Jeanette Levellie said...

I love this! I've thought it for years, but never had the time/guts to write it down. Thanks for saying it so succinctly. And that's another thing I've noticed: homeschoolers have great vocabularies!

Beth said...

Ha ha!! Love it!!! I love my quirky girls, too! Not too long ago, my less than agreeable step son told our neighbors that my daughter liked her homeschool group because there were kids there that are "like her..." Yay!! I'm so glad there are nice kids who are just wholesome regular kids that are the way God intended them to be...quirky and everything!
I was offended at first...because he meant offense...but then agreed wholeheartedly!!!!

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