5. I Control When We Learn
Some of my children learn better in the morning, while others concentrate better after lunch. We even school during the evening time. Because Hubby’s schedule is dependent on clients, we tend to have a different schedule for each day of the week.
If my kids were in school, they would have to be in bed by 7 (to get their 11-12 hours of sleep…trust me, they need it) and would be gone all day. Daddy doesn’t get home until 7:30 pm (sometimes later) but he typically gets a several hour break during the day. So, they would be in bed before Daddy came home and would be gone during Daddy’s break.
I can decide what days we want off from school. Right now, we are homeschooling 3 weeks on and 1 week off all year long. We just wrapped up the year and are taking a long (6 week) break to give me time to evaluate what needs to be done and how I want to do it.
4. We Control What We Learn
Since I only have 3 students (and not 30), I can let my children be a part of the decision making process. They have some control on what they learn. I can teach what each child is ready for when they are ready for it.
3. I Control How We Learn
I can tailor each lesson to my child. Not only can I tailor the lesson, but I control the environment as well. If it’s nice outside, we can take school outside. We can school in the living room, or kitchen, or their room. We can school together or separately.
If something isn’t working, I am not tied to it. It’s awesome being able to drop what isn’t working.
2. Siblings Grow Closer
All families deal with siblings fighting and homeschooling itself doesn’t erase that. However, siblings have much more time together which gives them the opportunity to grow closer. Grace doesn’t have the option of playing with anyone but a sibling (most of the time). If she and Ben have a fight, they have more incentive to work through it.
It’s been wonderful watching Grace get so close to Joy this year. Grace wouldn’t have had that chance if she was gone 8 hours a day.
The Number 1 Reason We Homeschool
What would have happened if we hadn’t homeschooled? I am pretty sure I know what would have happened; I would have gotten phone calls. Many, many phone calls.
Grace is a wonderful child. But sometimes it’s hard to see past her difficult behaviors to the sweet girl hiding underneath. She is loud, fidgety (as in, can’t sit still for anything…anything!), stubborn and defiant; just to name a few.
Homeschooling her has given me the opportunity to see her for who she is and who she can be; to see past her faults and challenges.
Don’t get me wrong, it was a struggle; a very long 2 year struggle. But it was worth it. It is worth it. I am sure we will still struggle as she gets older, but I understand her now.
The number one reason we homeschool? To know my children. Sending them to a school would have robbed me of the chance to know my children deeply. When they are grown and out in the world I will have spent the most amount of time possible with them, learning about them, and growing closer together.
What are some reasons you homeschool? Or if you don’t homeschool: what is the scariest part that’s holding you back?
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