If you would have asked me when I became a mother if I wanted to Homeschool I would have said HECK NO! I was 100% on the side of public school, and actually thought that homeschool was detrimental to the development of children.
I also was under the impression that only crazy Christians who wanted to protect their children from the corruption of the “real” world homeschooled.
Guys – have I ever talked about that time in my life that I thought the entire world operated in black and white?
I’m so thankful for personal growth, because WOW.
Over the last year and a bit I’ve started to have a passion for homeschooling. There are a number of reasons for that and the closer we get to Kindergarten the stronger this grows. The more we talk about it the more my husband and I feel like this is what needs to happen.
So, why homeschool?
Well, one of our biggest reasons is the fact that I can tailor my children’s learning to their unique interests and learning styles. I never thought about this until this past year while watching Ezekiel’s love of learning develop. He’s such a little sponge and actually gets upset if we don’t do school every day. What he doesn’t realize is that all throughout the day we are actually doing school – just not sitting down writing and colouring. I try to tune in to his interests (currently we are back to being completely obsessed with Thomas and Friends) and then use those interests to challenge his learning. Right now we are working on pen control, confidence with writing, counting, letter sounds and sight words and most of what I do outside of our workbooks centres on Thomas and happens during Ezekiel’s “playtime.” For example, we might count the number of freight cars that Thomas is pulling, talk about what letter Percy starts with or try and draw Gordon while colouring. All of these things are done intentionally but seem like they are just part of our day.
Some other reasons we are leaning towards homeschool is:
- Freedom of time to travel without being “pulled” from school.
- Ability to homestead and not have to worry about formal school hours during busy seasons.
- Ability to help develop strong work ethic and life skills beyond school work.
- Ability to focus on our children’s unique personalities and skill sets.
Of course there are definitely downsides to homeschooling but at this point we really feel strongly that the benefits far outweigh the downsides. So with that in mind we power forward and work hard to try and make that a reality for September 2019, which primarily means paying off debt in order to be able to bring me home at least for the majority of the time.
With this being our ultimate goal I figured that this year at home with Ezekiel would provide a great “trial” run with homeschool. I decided that I would undertake home preschool. I had grand plans, I tried laying it all out and building a curriculum while I was on bedrest and waiting for our sweet babe. Then I became a mother of two, life was hectic and I was trying to figure it all out. So my grand plans became my “good enough” plans and we’ve done everything very informally. I’d be lying if I told you I wasn’t a bit disappointed with my inability to make it more formal. Yet I recognize my limitations and honestly I think we’ve done pretty good considering all things. I try to do some form of school at least 3 times a week and that looks much different each week. What I am so excited about is the fact that I’ve seen Ezekiel advance leaps and bounds from a year ago. He’s a really easy student to teach given that he’s the one asking daily if we can do school and he would honestly sit for a few hours and just learn.
So, this year hasn’t been perfect, and there’s a million and one things I would like to change once kindergarten hits but it has solidified our desire to homeschool even more and for that I’m saying it’s been successful!
Would you consider homeschooling your children?
I plan on sharing a bit more in detail our homeschool journey so feel free to ask some questions and I’ll try and answer!