I can’t believe that my oldest is already 5 years old and it’s time to start school. After a lot of thought, we’ve decided to homeschool our children. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t concerned about the logistics of it all. I’m going to have to find time to school her, take care of 3 other children, the household, and maintain this blog. I think I’m up for the challenge though!
I thought it would be good to write out the reasons we’re choosing to homeschool. Then on those tough days (or weeks), I can come back to this post to remind myself why I’m doing it. Maybe some of you can relate?
More Family Time
I’m realizing more and more just how little time we have with our children. In the blink of an eye, they grow up and leave the nest. I mean, Maggie is already 5 and it feels like she was just born last week. She’s growing SO fast! Homeschooling means I get to spend more quality time with my children. I’ve always wanted a close-knit family. I think this will certainly help us to grow closer and spend more time together. It also means that we can take our family vacations during the off-season. That way tourist locations aren’t as crowded and prices are better.
It Aligns With Our Morals and Standards
We are a Christian family and not everything taught in the public schools these days aligns with our beliefs. Not only does homeschooling give us more control over what our children are taught, it also allows us to incorporate religious studies into our homeschooling. For me, teaching my children Biblical history, good morals and how to treat other human beings with respect is a very important part of their development and education.
I Have Greater Control Over My Kids’ Friendships
I realize this is going to come across as my being a very overprotective parent….and maybe I am. I’d rather be overprotective than underprotective. I once heard the quote, “show me your friends, and I’ll show you your future.” How many good kids end up into trouble because they start hanging out with the wrong crowd? I want my children to have friends (and they certainly want friends too) so I make sure they have plenty of times with friends of the same age at church or through playdates. There are also great homeschool groups we’ll be joining as well.
My Kids Won’t Be Bored
When I was in school, I was frequently bored. They considered me academically advanced for my age, so I was put into a special program for gifted students, but we only had a class for a few hours every other week. The rest of the time I was in a regular classroom with everyone else. I fully understand that teachers have to teach at a slower pace because some children don’t learn as quickly, but for me, that meant I was bored nearly all day long. I could have learned so much more if I’d had the freedom to learn at my own pace. Not only will my children not be bored in school, they will be able to have lessons tailored to their individual needs and interests.
Awesome Field Trips
Sure, I took some fun field trips in public school, but when you’re homeschooled, it even easier to break away for field trips. We plan to take our kids all over the place for educational trips. Living in close proximity to DC, we have so many museums we can visit, plus many other fun activities we can do like hiking, exploring caverns, visiting the library…the field trip possibilities are endless! We’d even like to take a year to travel the US in an RV — what a great field trip that will be!
My Kids Have More Time To Be Kids
I saw on Facebook today that some kids headed back to school last week — today?! It was only the first week of August?! Kids in our neighborhood return to school in 1 week. When I was in school, we didn’t go back until after Labor Day weekend and we were out of school no later than June 8th, plus we had plenty of days off during the year. I feel like kids are being forced to grow up earlier and earlier now. I hear about children in kindergarten having stress problems. Yes, I want my kids to be educated, but you’re only a child once and I want my kids to also enjoy their childhood. I want them to have enough time in the afternoon to enjoy playing outside, not be stuck inside doing hours of homework.
Do you homeschool your children? If so, why did you decide to homeschool?
Veteran homeschooling parents — I’m pouring over kindergarten curriculum right now, do you have any recommendations?