Run Nelly Run

Run Nelly Run

Running through life as self-proclaimed house wife, mother, homeschooler, and wanna-be chef

Why I Homeschool

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.

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  • 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.
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    I not only teach Bodhi, but Captain America joins in on learning daily =)

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dogs love homeschooling too; recess means puppy walk time

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I’m not worried about this boy “missing-out” on PE…he is a busy kiddo

 

  • 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.
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    who wouldn’t want to hang with these goofballs all day long!I will be posting more about homeschooling in the future.  

     

     

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?

 

 

 

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4 Comments

  • Jen says:

    Hey lady! We are totally homeschooling our kiddos too! It’s so rewarding, and I feel in my heart that they will be grateful for all of the extraordinary opportunities they didn’t miss out on because they were stuck in the classroom! Kudos!

  • Rebecca L says:

    You are absolutely right. Homeschooling is not for every parent or every child for that matter. I (as a child) was made for it. My mom homeschooled me K – 12. I attended public school part time during my last 3 yrs of high school for science, Spanish and some electives. We used a combination of curriculum and believed in year-round learning. The jury is still out on whether we will homeschool our kiddos or not. Every family has to decide what is best for their family culture and how that is applied to the kids’ education. I think you rock! 🙂

    • Danielle says:

      I’m glad to hear that you had a positive experience with homeschooling. I think it’s important as a homeschooling parent to always take a step back and evaluate if you’re still going in a positive directions…what works for us this year, might not work for us the next. I am thankful for everyday I have with my boys.

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