Many home-school teachers, like Christine Ansorge, do it simply for the love of seeing kids learn.
In a recent The Weedy Garden blog, Ansorge cracks open the book on what she's been teaching in her role with the Lake Michigan Home Schooling Cooperative.
"The truth is it isn't easy, not easy at all," the Spring Lake woman wrote in the "Easy like Friday morning" blog. "My love affair with dawn is long ended and clawing my way up to a reasonable consciousness that cannot only motivate four children to get ready for the day but to go out for the day is a big deal. It is even tougher because I'm teaching first hour this session, so I've got to have all my stuff and get there early enough to prep.
"Is it worth it? Completely. We've all made wonderful friends," Ansorge continued. "I've had a chance to remember the pleasure of being part of something bigger than myself. Oh, yeah, and we've learned a bunch of stuff."
Ansorge said Lake Michigan Home Schooling Cooperative is a wonderful organization that her friend, Julie DeBlanc (that's her in the picture) introduced her to.
"At that time, I was fiercely independent (and) not wanting anyone's influence, but I like Julie and she came from a perspective that didn't encroach on mine at all. I visited one Friday and I was hooked."
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