A Letter to Homeschool Moms

Dear Mom,

I know I wasn’t the easiest student in the world to homeschool. I hated math and science. I often wondered why I had to take a course in logic. I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. A writer.

Why then did I need to study arithmetic? I know I asked you many times the question why. I know I complained a lot. I know I made it difficult for you, and it probably would’ve been easier for you to give in.

I have a passion for the arts, including history, writing, and literature. The rest of it? Not so much.

To first grader me, it didn’t make sense why I had to learn what I didn’t want to learn. It’s not like I would need to know those skills in the future.

Or, that’s what I thought, anyway.

I’m writing you this letter because I want you to know that I now see how wrong I was.

I wanted to say thank you. Thank you for making me study those courses, all of it, even what I considered boring and busywork.

If it weren’t for my studies of science, I wouldn’t have a deep appreciation for God’s creation.

Because I took that course in logic, I now have better tools to help me defend my faith.

Yes, I even find a use for math when I cook or bake and plan events.

Sure, I loved literature and writing, and I knew that those courses were important to me as a writer, but I’m sure I complained about the work in those, too. Because of both the writing and literature curriculums I took, I now know how to form decent sentences, which is kind of important as a writer. Oh, and even though they felt repetitive when talking about the difference between round and flat characters, plots, setting, themes, and sentence structure, I have to say it finally made sense when I started taking what I learned and incorporating it into the books I write.

Honestly, nothing I studied in school was a waste of time. I realize now that I can use everything I learned in some way.

Your hard work was not in vain. After the hard time I gave you as a student, I thought you would want to know that.

Thank you.

Your daughter,

A homeschool graduate. Class of 2021.

DISCLAIMER: Although this letter is addressed to a homeschool mom, the thanks and encouragement also go to homeschool dads and teachers all over the world. Your work makes a difference, even if it doesn’t always feel like it.

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2 thoughts on “A Letter to Homeschool Moms

  1. Thank you for writing this before I graduate! Deep down I always knew my writing and literature classes were for a reason, but I guess you sort of cleared that up for me.

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