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6 Reasons We’re Choosing Homeschooling

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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 homeschooling 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?  If you’re considering starting your homeschool journey, we’ve created a post for you: How To Have A Successful Homeschool Year!

Veteran homeschooling parents — I’m pouring over kindergarten curriculum right now, do you have any recommendations?

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Amber Ludwig

Wednesday 25th of November 2020

You were homeschooling before homeschooling was cool!! After the shenanigans this year we are really considering it in the future. Having to go back and forth and follow the school policies with logging in is SUCH a pain!

Em Mahr

Wednesday 18th of November 2020

We've been contemplating homeschooling for a while now. Your list has given me a few new things to think about.

Jennifer Kreisler

Thursday 5th of November 2020

I have home schooled since I have had children. My oldest is 11 my youngest just turned 7. I appreciate the ability to keep media influences at a minimum, be able to incorporate religious studies into their day, keep my helicopter mommy status, teach them all to their own abilities, encourage time to look up information and interests, focus on the arts, have flexibility with schedules, should I go on? I never learned to make butter, but my boys know how. They want to learn to sew, they will. I can have them plan a meal with a shopping list and a budget and have them learn the skills to compare products 9nutrition, price and size) and made it all into a balanced healthy meal. These are things beyond what school can offer. They are excelling in their school studies grades beyond, because they are learning how to learn. Home school has many benefits.

Jeanine Carlson

Friday 5th of June 2020

so many great reasons to homeschool!

Marilyn

Saturday 23rd of May 2020

Always looking for homeschool tips. Marilyn

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