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This picture? THIS, is my why. Those 3 little beach bums right there. Getting to watch them learn and explore has made for a pretty amazing year. Is it always easy? Heck NO! Are there days where I want to hide? You betcha! Those hard days are worth it if it means I get to have days like this.
When we first started our homeschool journey I had no idea what to expect. You will notice that I tend to refer to homeschooling as “a journey”…that is because it is always changing. One day can look entirely different from another. We are always growing and learning and changing. So to, are our reasons for homeschooling.
Our reasons for deciding to homeschool and our reasons for continuing to homeschool are different. We began this journey as a way to get away from a new administration and terrible school board that were sending our school in a direction that didn’t fit what we wanted for our kids. We loved our school, but didn’t love some of the changes that were happening. This wasn’t an easy decision and it was most definitely not a popular decision among friends and family. But ultimately it was our decision to make and I am so glad that we did. It has been a perfect fit for our family.
So, Why? Why do we homeschool?
1.) Flexibility– We are a happier family now that we are the ones in control of our schedule. Mornings used to be a nightmare. The kids would wake up and we would race around to get everyone ready and out the door. It would be a miracle morning if we didn’t have at least one kid yelling and another one in tears. Our mornings are so relaxing now. We can all take our time to get ready for the day. The kids can have time to play together before we begin school. Sure we have mornings where we have commitments and have to get out the door, but we are in charge of when those happen. We also have the flexibility to have class when we want. If we want to take a Tuesday and go to Disney, we DO! If we have family from out of town come to visit we have the flexibility to take a week off and enjoy them and know that we can make up the work at another time. This has been a huge gift to our family!
2.) Time– We have so much more time to enjoy each other as a family. Our evenings used to be hectic and crazy. We didn’t have much quality time together. We had so many tears in the evenings because the kids were SO tired from a full day at school. Now we spend our evenings together, happily! Some days we will drive my husband to work so that we can pack a picnic dinner and head to the beach when he is finished with work. We have time to do puzzles, play games, watch a movie. We truly enjoy spending time with our kids, and I am so glad that we can do more of it!
3.) Curriculum Choice– We are absolutely loving planning our own curriculum. I love involving the kids in what we are going to learn for the year. We have enjoyed a very creative school year. My kids are so artistic and LOVE showing their learning through art. I am not a huge fan of tests…and I love that I don’t have to use tests to gauge my kids knowledge for something. When you are at the beach and your 6 year old picks up a seashell and says, “Mama, look, its a bi-valve”, you KNOW that he is learning. He is learning, he is remembering, and he is putting that knowledge to use! It is just the best feeling. I love that I can focus time each day on each child. If I see that one is struggling with a math concept, we can take time to work on it to make sure she gets it before we move on. If we get engrossed in a topic we can take as much time as we want to study it in greater detail.
4.) Happy Kids– See those kids in the picture…they are HAPPY. They tell me all the time how much they love homeschool. They are enjoying a more relaxed lifestyle where they get lots of input in what we learn. If at any time they told me they were ready to go back to public school I would honor that decision. I don’t anticipate that happening anytime soon, thankfully 🙂
So, why do YOU homeschool? What is your WHY?