Blooming Outside of Formal Education

Stacey Greene Coaching
Stacey Greene, Author

Have you picked up your eBook, Homeschooling During and Beyond Covid-19?

I have three children and I chose to homeschool them in various ways. We made up lessons, we used a pre-purchased curriculum and we used an online school during our years of non-traditional learning.

I will never forget the time I chose to remove my middle child from her online school and allow her to bloom in her own way. I will not go into detail all of the reasons I chose this for her, but suffice it to say that I was inspired by the book of Romans.

Romans 12:5-6 NIV “In Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.”

I love how that typifies most families. We all bring something different to the bouquet of life.

We are all like flowers, each of us perhaps a different species. Are you a wild geranium, a bluebell, a red columbine, or perhaps a yellow trout lily. It doesn’t matter. Each family makes up a lovely arrangement if we have the right fertilizer to make it grow.

My husband and I took a big risk allowing her to do self-directed education before sending her off to high school, but thankfully it paid off.

So what was the “fertilizer” we used to allow her to bloom?

Love. Space. Books. Encouragement. Peace.

Most schools are currently finishing up their year online and many changes will be made to both public and private schools when they reopen in the fall. Are you ready for the changes? Are you beginning to enjoy being with your child more during the Covid-19 quarantine? Have you considered keeping your children home in the fall?

Is your child thriving like never before? Oh, I know. They drag their feet and balk at you nagging them to finish their required Zoom call with their class, but didn’t you nag them when they were in a traditional school? Didn’t they complain then as well?

Looking back at that verse in Romans I love the fact that each of my children did bring different gifts and abilities to the family. Perhaps I would have missed out by sending each of the kids through the exact same program, the exact same school or even the exact same curriculum.

Take a long hard look at what your own children are bringing to the vase of your life. How are they enriching your lovely nosegay? Learn from them as much as they are learning from you and your lives will be sweeter than the most luscious and fragrant garden.

Eighteen years will pass in the blink of an eye.

Enjoy those rugrats and share some of your stories in the comments. It is always fun to swap stories, gain insight and feel like you are not the only one experiencing the array of emotions that come with raising good children into wonderful adults.




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