Many of my friends who sent their kiddies to the church school in MD are now considering the option of homeschooling because, sadly, due to economic difficulty, the church school is closing after this year. I want to make sure that anyone reading this understands that though I homeschool my kids, I do not think homeschooling is the only option for Christian families. It’s a good fit for my family, but it isn’t for everyone. So this is in no way meant to persuade anyone to attempt homeschooling.
My reason for writing a series on homeschooling is simply to help others who are just starting, and maybe get a conversation going in the comment box so that newbies aren’t intimidated by what’s out there. It’s kind of like when you first get pregnant and everywhere you go you are getting advice and information from tons of voices. This is helpful, but can be overwhelming, and really until you have the experience yourself, you really don’t know what was truly useful counsel. I want to be helpful, but please know that I am average at best. My kids are average at best. And there are way better resources out there to help you.
I want to begin by telling you some of the benefits of homeschooling (again, this isn’t to persuade – I’m sure I could make an equal list of benefits of traditional day school), it’s just to help inspire you that it isn’t all hard work and sanctification. These are random, not in order of importance.
1. I don’t think I will look back on my life and wish I had spent more time with my kids.
2. We can vacation anytime throughout the year.
3. Life feels more unified because I am pretty much confined to my domain (home).
4. I am learning way more as a teacher than I did as a student.
5. My children are experiencing every aspect of life together which I can’t help but believe will be incredibly bonding over the long haul.
6. Homeschool uniform really can be pajamas 🙂 .
7. You can work your school times around your family dynamic. If dad works late, the kids can stay up late to see him but then sleep in in the morning. If you are an early bird, you can start school early and be finished
8. It is deeply gratifying to see your child grasp any new concept (think about how it was when they took their first steps, said their first words, etc. – it’s like that but potentially on a daily basis – very cool).
9. It is humbling. This is a huge benefit, albeit painful.
10. Snuggling up on the sofa reading Farmer Boy while Maggie cuddles next to me and the boys play with legos….and calling it school. Love that!
Okay other homeschool mamas…what do you love about homeschooling? And if you are getting ready to homeschool, what benefits could you imagine?