I want to preface by saying I don’t feel like homeschooling is better then public school. I am not choosing to homeschool to say that a teacher’s job is not worthwhile. I am also not homeschooling because I hope my child will be “socially awkward”…
phew! now that I got that out of the way, (I get nervous bringing anything possibly controversial to the table…I’m just explaining my choice not saying others should be like me).
Homeschooling is not for everyone…but I am so glad that it has worked out for me (so far).
Reasons I choose to homeschool:
- I love my boys! I want to eat up as much time with them as possible. Yes, there are moments, (lots sometimes) that I would love to have my space. But, I know that in a blink of an eye they’ll be grown up and I won’t be cool to hang out with anymore.
- Learning is organic, spontaneous. At 5 and 2 I don’t want learning to be a set schedule or forced. I love that we find opportunity for a lesson in the least-likely of places.
- Homeschooling has given me a new lease on loving to learn. Learning along side your child is a lot fun. I remember not really liking school as a kid…but with my children…learning is enjoyable; especially when they find so much joy in it too.
- I have an amazing program that I follow. Thanks to Calvert School, I have all of the guess work handled for me. I have a lesson plan to follow along with materials to complete each school year successfully. I don’t always follow each day according to their advice…but it’s nice to know I’m not in this process alone. I also signed Bodhi and I up with an advisor who checks in with us every 20 lessons or so…it helps keep us both on task.
- Recess looks like this! If it’s a nice day out I don’t feel conflicted about my boys being stuck inside too long…fresh air is so important to their and my wellbeing….20-30 minutes outdoors and they’re energized and ready to learn.
- There are no sick days, holidays, or worries about missing school due to vacations. We have successfully taken school with us on our trips to see family. I remember the first part of my school year being primarily “catch-up” from what was forgotten over the summer; schooling is year round in our household…it’s not a sit down every day for 8 hours kind of year….but I don’t like to take long breaks from learning.
- I have the love and support from my husband. I couldn’t do what I do with our boys if I didn’t have a spouse who believed that I was fit for the job. Like I said…there are days where I feel like public school would be a better option for all of our sanity; but, I know that where we’re at and what we’re doing is the right choice for my family.
I hope that others who are interested in home schooling won’t be too intimidated to do so once they see how do-able it can be. I suppose it’s like training for a marathon…some days are great, others are not…but, if you’re willing to put in the time and the work it is rewarding at the end.
How many of you homeschool?
Do you follow a specific program or follow a group?