This week is Teacher Appreciation Week for many schools/districts across the country. When Sunshine was in public school in Midland, I was in charge of organizing special activities in her school for teacher appreciation. I worked my tail off to make sure those teachers knew how much they were (and are) appreciated. It was my honor to do so.
Just a few minutes ago I read some horrible things posted by public school teachers, suggesting that home school teachers don't deserve the same teacher appreciation "perks" they receive. I'm disgusted by what I read.
Yeah, I *only* have two students. And each of them have at least six subjects per day on their calendar. And they're in different grade levels. And I have a preschooler who is home 3 school days a week. Plus, I organize their daily schedules (and you know how busy we are), keep a house running with a traveling husband, volunteer in the community, and very rarely say no to someone asking for help.
I'm not asking for kudos or accolades from my Facebook friends. I just want to share a little piece of my mind so if you ever wondered if my job was easier than when I taught public school, I can tell you no. And, I'll revisit this old blog post with you just to reinforce my point.
If you know a home schooler, please don't just say things like, "Oh, I could never do that. My kids would drive me crazy." Maybe mine do. Okay, they do. But I really try not to focus on the negatives in our lives. There's enough negativity in this world without me adding more. If you meet a home schooler this week, say the same thing you would say to a public school teacher, a private school teacher, a preschool teacher, a Sunday school teacher. Say, "Thank you for making a difference in our community."
Bottom line: That's my goal, too.
|My class in our kitchen/classroom/library.|