Saturday, January 24, 2015

A Sonlighting Family

The assignment today for the Sonlight 25th Anniversary Blog Party is to introduce my family, and share where we are on our homeschooling journey.
My students are these beautiful young ladies, ages 19 and 22. Our formal homeschooling days have recently ended. However, the girls do still currently live at home, so the learning continues. After all, thanks to Sonlight, we raised them to be "lifelong learners."
They say homeschooling actually starts at birth... and it does. When I hear a parent say they could never homeschool it makes me wonder what they think they were doing during those early years. However, our formal, curriculum-based homeschooling actually started in 1998 when Laura was ready for kindergarten. That's the year we started with Sonlight... but that's a story for another post.
Fast-forward to 2011... (and the years went by about that fast...) we were pleased to present Laura with her high school diploma at a group ceremony we had put together with a few other homeschooling friends in our area. Laura graduated in Idaho where we had lived since she was in kindergarten. It meant a lot to her to get to graduate with her friends.
Rebecca graduated this past spring (2014) after we had moved to Colorado. Since she only had one semester of school left after we moved, we hadn't connected with a homeschool group here. Instead we planned a special backyard ceremony just for her with her grandparents and church friends.
Over the years as I've shared our homeschooling story at conventions around the country, I tell how learning is a lifestyle in our family, not just something we do during school hours. And though the girls have graduated and are pursuing their adult lives now... the learning goes on.

This post is part of Sonlight's 25th Anniversary Blog Party (January edition):
  Sonlight Blog Party 
I'd love to hear your story as well!


Anonymous said...

Very nice to 'meet' you! It's difficult to find blogs with older/graduated students. :-)

Sheila DelCharco said...

What great pictures of your girls! I love the ceremonies you did for each of them! I can't believe I'll graduate one from homeschool next year!

Montserrat Wadsworth said...

Congrats on graduating your two daughters! I love how you emphasized at the end of your post that learning never stops. It just keeps on going!

Julie said...

Thank you for sharing! I'm interested in hearing your answers to the Sonlight questions in the months to come!

Chareen said...

Pleased to meet you :) Thank you for introducing your family

Jamie said...

Great post!!! I loved all the pictures of your girls over the years and you are so right... learning is a lifestyle. Blessings to you today!!

Natalie Davis said...

Glad to 'meet' you and begin following your blog. Loving your crochet items too. ;-)