Wow! I can't believe that we are in our 7th year of homeschooling! It seems like yesterday when I first started teaching our then "end of kindergartener" (now 7th grade) about bugs and playing store. Now he is doing General Science and Pre-Algebra. Now, I am homeschooling a 7th grader and a 2nd grader. How things have changed!
What hasn't changed is my love for homeschooling. Actually, I love it more now than when we first started. I decided to make a list of the top 5 reasons why I love homeschooling.
1) Time With Our Boys
Hands down this is my favorite reason to homeschool. I love that I get to be with my boys each day. Don't get me wrong - I need my alone time and need a break now and again, but I wouldn't trade this time with them for anything. The house will be quiet and empty soon enough, so I'm going to enjoy this time with them.
2) Our Schedule
When our oldest son was in kindergarten, our lives revolved around the school's schedule. I have to be honest, my husband and I didn't like this because it was difficult on family time. You see, my husband was a youth minister at the time. He had a day off during the week instead of the weekend because that's when he was with the kids at church. So when he had a day off, our son still had school. We didn't have a family day which we feel is extremely important. There were also a lot of days that my husband would have evening events for the kids at church and so he would have the morning off, but had to go in the late morning. Well, our son didn't get time with him because he was in morning kindergarten.
We love being able to work our schooling around my husband's schedule. Until this year, we have homeschooled for only 4 days a week so that we could have a family day together. Now that my husband works Monday-Friday, we homeschool 5 days a week. If he has a day off, we have a day off.
I also love our homeschooling schedule because it's just that, OUR schedule. If someone needs to go to the doctor, we work around that. We can go to the library when it's not busy, we can go shopping during the day when everyone else is at work or school, and we can head to the park to do school if we want to. Honestly, we can take a day off if we just need to get things done around the house. We make the schedule and I love that!
3) Our Studies
I love that I get to choose what our boys are learning about, how they learn it, and how long they take to learn it. Their studies are concentrated studies and I take great effort in choosing what curriculum to use with them and/or if I need to make anything in order for them to learn what they need to learn. Taking their learning styles into account, I choose what the best way would be in order for them to learn the material.
We also have made Bible study as a "subject" during their school day. This keeps me accountable to teach them about the Bible each school day. People have asked me how they know so much about the Bible - it's because we teach them. Not that other parents don't teach their children about the Bible, we just get to do it during our school day.
They get to learn at their own pace and in their own learning style. What could be better than that?
4) Being with Family
While we were states away from family, we were able to take time during our day to talk with them through FaceTime or Skype. Their grandparents would read to them, help them with math, and listen to their oral reports. If they weren't homeschooled, that wouldn't happen as much. Now that we live close to family, we get to go over there and they do school with family! It's wonderful for them to have a teacher other than mom and it gives mom a little break.
Homeschooling also allows us to go to the library with family, go to lunch, and work on special projects all during the time that they would be away at school. Homeschooling has allowed our boys to be closer to their family.
5) Life Skills
Since we homeschool, I am able to teach our boys life skills all day, every day. They are taught how to make their lunch, how to shop for groceries on a budget, how to clean the house, etc. throughout the week instead all on the weekend. They get to learn how to go to the post office, bank, and department store because they are with me living life along the way.
We love homeschooling and don't see us sending them off to public school. For now, this is the best choice for our family.
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