Love this pic of Lily. She looks so excited about what she is doing! She loves dressing up too, so we do school in dresses whenever I let her. I just noticed another perk of home schooling in the background. Tea is always on hand through the winter 🙂
I struggle with why I do things a lot. Often I find myself doing things because of fear… or just laziness, and usually they aren’t the right things to be doing. I wanted to write a post on why I home school because I think and study it a bunch, and I am passionate about the need to do things for positive reasons instead of fear.
Some people home school out of fear. Fear for their kids leaving, fear of other kids, fear of school system, fear of bullying, and many others. I am not going to deny that those are real fears. What I do want to stress for myself, and anyone else thinking about home schooling, is that these things are not a reason to home school. In life, I choose to run toward the positive and not away from the negative.
It is true that lots of these can be seen as a positive or negative depending on how you word them and that is o.k. I want to be a ‘glass half full’ kinda gal.
Why I Home School
- I love my kids and want to hang out with them. Really, I do…. sometimes I need to take an average of my emotions for the day (or week) to get there, but I do love hanging out with them 🙂
- One on one (or two in this case) instruction. There are mornings that I get dizzy going back and forth between both kids helping them with their work and answering questions. I have no idea how a teacher with 20 kids in a classroom can keep up with all the questions. It has been proven over and over how good it is for education ratios to be lower (less kids per teacher), and home school rocks this!
- Personalized curriculum. Every kid has different strengths and interests and often they change by the day. Home school can bend and flex with these without affecting any other kids. If a kid gets the concept, move on. If they struggle, do a few more days on it. It is that simple. If they feel like writing, do a writing assignment on the topic. If not, do it verbally or artistically. Learning goes on at full speed/the right speed.
- Flexible schedule. I am going to write more about this in a few weeks, but there are some days that kids are ready to work and some days that they just aren’t. I can tell by how their school is going if they are fighting a bug, or if they are stressed out, or if they are tired. With home school we can fly on some days, and putt along on other days based on their emotional and physical health and no one is bored or upset (or they are less bored/upset than they could be). This is something I am learning more this year. It also helps that wake up times and nap ending times can be worked around depending on how much rest they need. Not only that, but our holiday schedules are also flexible which makes it great to get good deals 🙂
- Social and scholastic separated. I am all about socialization for my kids. Often thought of as the big problem for home schooling I think it is a huge positive that the kids don’t have to try and figure out how to do them both at the same time. “Work while you work, and play while you play….” (first part of an anonymous poem the kids memorize) works here perfectly. When they are with friends they can play, when they are working they can just work (though they due distract each other quite a bit).
These are the big ones. Our positive reasons to home school. I don’t always feel like doing it when I get up in the morning, sometimes the kids drive me crazy, lots of times I don’t feel like I am doing a good enough job. But over all it helps a lot to keep these things in mind.
I would love to talk to you if you are thinking of home schooling or have any questions. I wish I knew more people who home schooled when I got started who could encourage me. I am really thankful for the few I did find who helped me make the decision.