No, I don't have abnormal children. Children are very smart and curious by nature. All we have done is encourage their natural curiosity. I will admit to you that sometimes the continuous, "Mommy, why does..." can get to be a little much, but then I see children younger than 10 shopping with their mothers with a hand-held game or ear-buds hooked to an mp3 player and I think, It's worth it. My kids love their time with the computer, kindle, tv, wii, and anything else electronic, but they are limited in the time they have with those things. As a result their whys and what fors dominate our conversation. Conversation...my girls converse with us and we with them.
No, I'm not trying to push them harder than I should. My girls beg, literally beg, to do school when we have too much time off. I love to learn and my husband likes doing math problems for fun. While that probably makes us a family of nerds, they come by it naturally. I'm not forcing them to go faster than they are able, but I am allowing them to move forward at their own pace. I'm okay if they are ahead of where they should be if they were in traditional school. What a blessing I don't have to hold them back! What a blessing they can work on something longer if they need to!
No, it's not just because we homeschool. I think homeschooling helps because our home is now a learning environment. I think the biggest difference is my mindset. I'm always looking for ways to engage the girls in learning even if it isn't "school time".
No, I'm not super-organized Mom-of-the-year. I have been making some intentional changes about how I manage our household since the summer began. This is has definitely changed some things for the better in our home, but I wouldn't dare claim that I have it all together. I'm working towards that, but I'm not there yet.
No, it's not because we're weird. Okay...maybe we are a little weird. Here are some definitions of weird from Merriam-Webster...
1. of, relating to, or caused by the supernatural
2. of extraordinary character
So yes, I guess we are weird. If you recognize the supernatural power of God then we fit the first definition and I certainly don't mind my children being labeled as having extraordinary character! We live outside the societal norm. My kids are a blessing, not a burden. My husband is the leader of our home. I am his suitable helpmeet, I submit to him...and I don't secretly resent him or God for it. We make decisions based on our understanding of Scripture. We have a DVD player which filters out inappropriate content and we use it for ourselves more than the kids.
Here are some of the things we've been learning about...
We homeschool after all...what do you expect?