As we begin a new year I thought I’d share a bit of why I do what I do. This week let’s talk about homeschooling.
People homeschool for a variety of reasons and many of those reasons play a part in why my husband and I decided to homeschool. But my number one reason is not about my kids education per say. Shocked? Now what if I told you my number one reason is purely selfish? Yeap it is!
The number one reason I homeschool is because I can’t imagine being away from my children for that long five days a week, every week. Yes I know they’d get breaks and summer off, but that’s not the same. Where we live the schoolbus goes by at 7am and doesn’t come back past until a bit after 4pm. So that is 9 hours that my children would be away from home. So say they’d get up at their normal 6 am and get ready for school in a rush so they could get on the bus, and our bedtime was still at 8pm that would only leave a total of 5 hours that they would be awake and I’d be able to interact with them, but you’d have to add doing homework and chores in there too. How would I spend time with each of my kiddos? As soon as they started school the only time you could spend more than a few minutes at a time would be on the weekends. They would still have their homework on weekends too. Oh and that’s not counting any extra after school stuff either.
I’m selfish. I want to be the one seeing that look of understanding come across my kids face when they get that new math concept or sound out their first really big word correctly. I want to be the one they read their first book to. See I told you I was selfish.
Another reason is that I want my kids to know what they’re learning. I want to make sure that they’re not learning something I don’t approve of. And I’m not just talking about what the teachers are teaching them. I’m talking about what the kids are saying too. Let’s face it, kids teach kids more than teachers teach kids. Now that being said, my kids do still play with other kids. They’re not hermits! In fact as my daughter now is making out a list of invitations for her birthday party I’m wishing we were hermits! Wow, that’s a long list. They have homeschool friends, they have church friends, they have more cousins than I can count, they have neighbors, and the list goes on.
I love homeschooling my kids. I love getting to spend time with them every day. I love the questions. I love the learning. I love my learning with them. I learn patience. I learn how to connect with them on their level again. I love that I can teach them life skills as I’m teaching them school. We get to count helping mommy cook as school. We get to count grocery shopping as school too if they help make the list, calculate cost per pound, etc. We get to do field trips anytime we want! I mean really?
Homeschooling is not easy though. You have to be dedicated. You have to be able to keep yourself on a schedule as well as your kids. But that’s a whole different post to come at another time.
Now before I end this post I do want to also mention that some of my best friends send their kids to public school. Their children are fine. They have great relationships with them. I am not saying that everyone has to homeschool or that homeschooling is the only way to go or saying you’re a horrid parent for not homeschooling. Homeschooling is not for everyone. Not everyone can do it and not everyone should do it. It is a decision only you or you and your spouse can make.
If you have any homeschooling questions please feel free to ask them. But please keep it nice guys. This is not meant to point fingers or poke fun or start a war of who is a better parent. This post is simply meant to share my thoughts and why I do what I do. We’re all different.