It’s that time of year when I take a look back at the school year and re-evaluate my goals and mission as a homeschooling parent.
What worked? What didn’t?
Is homeschooling still the best option for our family?
Are both children getting everything they need at home?
It’s a lot of pressure to be responsible for your child’s education. Sometimes the mommy worries take over and I drive myself insane with all the thinking.
Did I use the right curriculum?
Are the kids socialized enough?
This crazy homeschool life has been quite an unexpected journey for our family, but after 4 years, it’s one I still want to take! Sure there are days I want to pull my hair out and give up, but it doesn’t take long for me to remember all of the reasons why I love homeschooling so much. I love it so much, because WE love it so much. The kids are happy and they *are* getting what they need, if not more in some cases.
Homeschooling just works for our family, and these are some of the reasons why.
1. Freedom of schedule
2. Home cooked breakfast and lunch with the kids
3. Faith based curriculum
4. We’re allowed to talk during lunch.
5. There’s NO teaching to the test.
6. The kids can explore their personal interests and really dive into their favorite subjects.
7. There’s no car line or bus.
8. We can stay in our pajamas all day if we want.
9. They have the opportunity to build stronger friendships than the classroom allows.
10. We avoid the weekend crowds at public places, like theme parks or Chuck E. Cheese.
11. Homeschooling has helped my oldest become confident and secure.
12. I love to watch my kids learn.
13. Homeschooling has helped me see that I’m capable of so much more than I thought.
14. Being a homeschool parent has made me a stronger parent.
15. We can take all the time we need on a lesson.
16. On the flip side, we don’t have to spend time in lessons the kids have already mastered.
17. The boys have a special bond I don’t think they’d have otherwise.
18. We get more time as a family.
19. We get to start each school day in prayer.
20. I got to be there when my son began reading for the first time.
21. I get to see the spark in my youngest when he discovers something new.
22. There are no parent/teacher conferences.
23. There are no bullies in our class.
24. We’ve had the opportunity to meet some really amazing homeschool families over the years.
25. I never stop learning.
I would just like to say, that I know that everything family is different. Homeschooling may not be an option for your family and it might not be something you’d ever consider doing, but if you’re a reader who’s on the fence, I hope this list sheds some light on the pros of homeschooling. It’s been an awesome journey for our family and I’m looking forward to year #5!
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