I have always believed that parents are a child’s first teachers—and my experience from both sides of the desk supports this claim—but I’d never really considered homeschooling my own children.

Until I did.

It began when my eldest was in fourth grade.  Her new school was a progressive, independent school, which later became an Authorized IB World School.  But it wasn’t a Jewish day school. We hired a tutor to teach her Hebrew and Bible at home.  Then her sister transferred into the second grade; I hired an Israeli-born Hebrew teacher to help her maintain her language skills and I taught her Bible.

By the time my youngest started Kindergarten we were committed to home based learning of Jewish studies.

This year, my son and I have been studying the book of Genesis together and writing our own midrashim (interpretations of the text).

We are honored that The Jewish Writing Project has decided to publish one of our co-authored pieces this week.

Please share your feedback! We’ll begin our revisions after a brief summer vacation from our studies.




Comments (5)

SO, I don’t much about your choices for homeschooling, but studies show that the main importance of religious schools is creating inner circle friendships of other Jewish kids, and that that is the number 1 predictor of endogamy and long-term affiliation – how do you deal with that while homeschooling?

Good question, Alana! We combine one-on-one study with small groups–Jonah was part of a Hebrew language chug/circle taught by rotation of parents–and other Jewish social/communal activities, such as Scouting and consistent Shabbat/holidays observance. Finally, and this is a big one, we are committed to sending our kids to Jewish summer camp. The education and socialization that they get in one month propels them through the other eleven of the year. I am not recommending this as a model for other families, but the local day school and religious school options were not meeting our family’s needs and this is what we created–sometimes by design and other times by default–to help our kids grow into educated Jewish adults.

We are moving in a similar direction with our oldest (for sure) and possibly the others as well. Thanks for sharing your approach!!

I am happy to share more details and answer questions, Rebecca! I found it especially helpful to find a network of similarly-inclined parents.

That makes all the difference!! I definitely want more details!!

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