by debbie harbeson
This is the first of what I hope to be a series of articles written by
me, Debbie Harbeson. (My name is where the title comes from. I have been
dying to use that ever since I thought of it.) I am a homeschooling mom
living in Southern Indiana. Some of you know me as one of the moderators
of the IndianaHomeschoolers E-mail List. I have a daughter who is 18 and
a son who is 17. We have been homeschooling for eleven years.
be mostly a column about my opinions, thoughts, and observations. It generally
won't be about specific resources. This first article is an introduction
of my plans for this space.
Let me make
it perfectly clear that I do not do this because I think I have everything
figured out and am some sort of "expert" Indiana homeschoolers should
listen to. However, I am an "expert" when it comes to my own family and
perhaps some of my experiences and lessons learned will be helpful to
is that this column will be motivating, inspiring and affirming to other
homeschoolers. Deciding to homeschool has been one of the best decisions
of my life. I have no regrets. I want to remind other homeschoolers that
they have made a good decision because I have found the need to hear that
myself once in a while. Also, for families considering homeschooling,
I want to show them that they can do it, it works, and it can be a very
about various homeschooling philosophies will understand what I mean when
I say our family has basically followed the unschooling philosophy. I
imagine it will strongly color what I choose to write about and how it
comes out. I have found that even if you don't totally agree with that
philosophy, it does include a lot of helpful information and strategies
that can help anyone trying to homeschool.
article is over and I fear I haven't written anything very interesting
yet. So I will get busy on next month's column and dream of it being so
wonderful you end up giving it a place on your refrigerator -- right in
between the drawing from your three-year-old, the soccer schedule for
your nine-year-old and the expired pizza coupons.