Friday, October 28, 2011

Why I Love Homeschooling our kids!

I LOVE homeschooling our kids.  We we had Jocelyn, Sean and I decided that homeschooling would be the best route for our family.  I wake up every morning (probably not early enough) eager to start school.  I can’t wait to see what our day holds. Their minds are like little sponges and I love seeing them learn and have fun doing it!  So here are the 40 random reasons why I love homeschooling our kids.  If you are homeschooling…what do you love about it?
  1. I have the honor of being with my kids 24 hours a day….7 days a week.  The learning never stops.
  2. I get to see my kids learn the firsts.  I don’t have to wait for a report every few months and then be surprised by their progress.
  3. I can move at the pace of each child.  I can spend more time on a topic if the kids don’t get something. I can skip something or move faster if they have caught on.
  4. I can pick and choose what I want to teach our kids.  We won’t be covering everything that public schools covers…because we don’t feel certain things are important. 
  5. I can teach certain subjects when I want to.  For example, I am holding off on teaching some typical first grade topics, until Katelyn is old enough to really comprehend the topic.  Who cares if Jocelyn learns certain topics when she is in 3rd grade or higher?  We don’t. 
  6. We can teach to their interests.  If they are interested in a certain area of study we can focus in on that…if they are not…we can skip certain subjects like Chemistry or Upper Level Math…just depends on their interest.
  7. I can teach them daily life skills with whatever we do; cooking, cleaning, how-to jobs, sewing, helping siblings.
  8. I can teach the kids about the Bible or implement the Bible into daily lessons…and I don’t have to worry about offending others.
  9. If a certain type of curriculum doesn’t work, I can just switch to something else.
  10. It is faster to get things done when everyone works together.
  11. My kids won’t be labeled by others depending on their learning progress or attention span.  They won’t be labeled as “slow” if they are behind a typical student of the same grade.
  12. We don’t have to teach to a test.  We can teach them for comprehension and understanding.
  13. I can teach my kids the way that they learn best…and not the way that the general population learns.
  14. I get to learn right along with them….I really didn’t comprehend much from elementary…and so on…so I am learning new things everyday!
  15. We don’t have to fill out forms to have our kids opt out of certain classes.
  16. We can do arts and crafts everyday if we want.
  17. We can go to the park during the day…and have it all to ourselves.
  18. We can control (and supervise) who our kids hang out with. 
  19. Our teacher to student ratio is 1 to 4.
  20. Our kids will get to socialize with kids of all ages…young and old…not just kids of the same ages.
  21. Our kids don’t have to deal with bullies or snotty girls every day, without adult supervision…they can enjoy that when our neighbors come home…ok…only joking on the last part…still praying to have some nice neighborhood kids here!
  22. I don’t have to worry about a security guard protecting my kids everyday.
  23. We have our weekends and evenings for our family.  School work is done during the day and we have peace.
  24. We have a three day weekend.
  25. We can go on field trips every week.
  26. They learn while they are playing, and don’t know it.
  27. When we go to kid places during the school year….they are empty…if there isn’t a field trip from a school in attendance.
  28. We don’t have to set our alarms….or get dressed if we don’t want to.
  29. We can travel and not worry about missing anything.
  30. We can go to the Y in the afternoon and have the entire place to ourselves.
  31. We can squeeze everything into 3 hours right now…I know it will change, but it is nice.   
  32. We don’t have to worry about snow days.  We can have school every day!
  33. Easton can ride his horse while he does school; Jocelyn can hang out in her bunk.
  34. I know what my kids are eating during the day.
  35. I can take pictures of my kids as they are learning...kind of corny...I know...but I want to treasure these memories (and remember what I covered for the other little ones coming up).
  36. We don't have to go "back to school" clothes shopping.  Ok...our kids have clothes, but we have lots and lots of play clothes:)
  37. We can participate in a co-op with other homeschooling friends during the day.
  38. I don’t have to ask my kids what they learned in school today…and get an “I don’t know” or “nothing” answer.  
  39. Their grade really means nothing...just something for others to understand.
  40. We can pray and have our Bible’s out in school…and not get in trouble.
 On the flip side...I came across this website...if you are curious about reason's why NOT to homeschool your is kind of comical....ok...some won't think that...but I did.

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1 comment:

  1. This is a wonderful list! :)

    I am thankful for many of the same reasons... How incredibly blessed am I that I get to spend all that time with my kids?? I see them learn, I see them grow, and I can truly get to know my children ALL of the time, rather than some of the time.

    I love that if we want to stay up late watching a movie together, we can. We can sleep a little later to compensate. Our family schedule is not dictated by their responsibility to report to someone else's schedule.

    I am grateful that my boys can learn at their own pace, and in a way that is best suited for them...not in a way that is best suited for the majority. We are computer junkies here, so being able to work on websites like SpellingCity for spelling, instead of out of a workbook, is a blessing. :)

    Again, very much enjoyed reading this post. Looking forward to reading more of your blog. :)

    Mom to a 7th grade homeschooler, helping him conquer his math anxiety one day at a time.