I began homeschooling my daughters on July 10, 2011. They were nine and eleven years of age, respectively. I had long thought that homeschooling would be preferable to any organized school system with which I was familiar, but until this year I did not believe that I had the energy to work full-time and teach my kids, too. My wife did not speak English as her native language, and did not have the inclination towards teaching, so I knew that nearly all of the burden of teaching them would fall on me if we should homeschool. For this reason, and in order to give them a greater opportunity of making friends, I let them go to the public school system for several years.

For various reasons, the girls and I thought that they had had enough of the school system, and that they would be better served by being educated at home. I was at a point where I felt I had the energy to work both full-time and to teach the kids, so we began a new chapter in their education.


About Mark James Wooding

I was born. I was scared. I tried to get back to the warm place, but they wouldn't let me. I cried. Since that quite unexpected and traumatic event, I've been trying to make the best of things. I've written a book called Seek Wisdom, Practice Kindness, which contains a philosophy of life as well as an attempt to describe why people do the things they do. I edited a book called The Magical World of Poetry, a collection of public domain poetry that includes many of the traditional favorites and a few others I was fortunate enough to come across. Both books can be read on their respective websites, which are listed in my Links section. I also wrote a novel called Sasha and Samantha Save the World, which is available on
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