“Why would you choose to homeschool?”
“When do you get a break?”
“Are you worried about them socializing?”
“Homeschool kids are so weird. Do you really want your kid turning into one of them?”
Before I go any further let’s just squash that last question right where it stands. Did you know Billie Eilish was and is homeschooled? Yeah, the famous one! Ok now, moving on.
I get it. Homeschooling isn’t for everyone. It can be pretty intimidating for sure. Most people just don’t understand why we would willingly choose it for our kids.
I remember when I was younger and found out that homeschool was a thing. I was shocked. You mean kids get to just sit at home in the pajamas all day playing games and watching TV? Well, at least that’s what I thought homeschool was all about.
The older I got I realized my perception of homeschool was far off. In college I knew multiple homeschool families and after chatting with them and their kids I fell in love with the concept of homeschool.
You see, as a kid I struggled in school and was constantly behind my peers. Every test I took I felt like I had to study 3 times as hard as everyone else only to get a grade 10-20 points below everyone else.
As my peers grasped concepts in no time, I was left scratching my head and adding more and more to the list of crap I didn’t get. As I got older and learned about homeschooling I knew that was something I defiantly wanted to do with my kids. I wanted them to get a better education than I did and what better way to do that than one on one learning.
Shortly after I met my husband I found out he was a homeschool kid for the majority of his education and was just as passionate about it as I was.
I have to say this because some people can be very judgmental about homeschool and public school. I get it, we all have our opinions and that’s completely ok. We’re allowed to make decision on what we think is best for our family and our children. For some that may be homeschool while for others that may be public school. You do you and don’t worry about what other people think.
DISCLAIMER: We have a strong opinion on the fact that we will do what’s best for our kids and their education. This means reevaluating our education choices year by year and kid by kid. We leave all options out on the table and the only thing we hold tight to is them getting the best education while at the same time building them up to be kind, loving, and responsible people.
Here’s why we love homeschool.
One on One Education
This is probably the main reason why I love to homeschool. As a kid who was constantly left behind in school, I love that with homeschool you can spend as much or as little time on a concept. This means that before you introduce a new concept your child has the previous concept down. This will leave them with a solid education and a foundation with no gaps.
Complete Control on What & How They Learn
With homeschool you get to control what you teach your kids and how to do it. Most of the time in public school lessons are taught from a book, sitting in a desk, and listening to a teacher speak. With homeschool you have the option of teaching more hands on and getting out in nature.
I don’t know about you, but I learn better by doing and seeing, not from listening to a teacher or reading a book.
The beauty of homeschool is that you can adapt this to each kid and adjust the way you teach in a way that fits each individual kid’s needs and learning style.
More Learning in Less Time
When it was time for my oldest daughter to start Kindergarten, we had evaluated our life and decided that public school was probably best for Kindergarten. I had just had a baby and we all know how consuming the newborn stage is. So, we decided public school could help her start her education and teach her to read, then we would start homeschooling her when life slowed down.
After only 6 weeks in her public Montessori school we realized it wasn’t for us, for multiple reasons (a story for another day). The main reason was that we think it was just too much for her. Every day, even on half day Mondays, she would come home extremely emotional. It would take me anywhere from 3-4 hours to calm her down and some nights she went to bed emotional.
Now I’m not talking a little grumpy, I’m talking full blown crying at the drop of a pen, upset over every little thing that happened around her, and couldn’t even clearly explain why she was so emotional. After 6 weeks of this I was exhausted. Downright exhausted. While I’m trying to help here steer through this bucket full of emotions every afternoon, I was also trying to mother 2 other children, one of which was an infant. Something had to change because with every passing week it was getting worse and worse and this mama was DONE.
So, we decided to go ahead and start homeschooling her. Now her school is only Monday thru Thursday and is completely finished in under 2 hours a day. Most days she finishes within an hour. This time frame includes; bible story, reading, writing, spelling, sight words, math, and science. All done in 8 hours a week or less.
Not only is she doing “school” less, but she is learning so much more and advancing much faster than she was in her normal classroom setting.
My daughter loved going to school. On Monday’s they only had a half day and every Monday she would cry because she hated that school was so short. It’s like cake. I love cake just like everyone else but 6 pieces straight in a row isn’t good for me. Just like 8 hours of school straight in a row isn’t good for her, no matter how much she loved it.
At first, I was nervous to tell her we were taking her out of Kindergarten and start homeschooling. I knew it was what was best for her and her education, but that didn’t chang the fact that I knew she was going to be sad.
When I told her she surprised me.
She teared up for only a few seconds and said but I’m going to miss my friends. I reassured her that it was ok to feel sad and that I was sorry she felt that way. She then looked up at me, smiled and said, “But mommy, now you get to be my teacher.”
My heart melted.
We have been homeschooling for about 14 weeks now and I can count on one hand how many times she has said she misses her friends and school, but I can’t tell you how many times she has told me things like…
“I’m so happy you’re my teacher.”
“Thank you for homeschooling me. I’m learning so much.”
“Mom can I please do my school stuff now.”
“I love homeschool because I get to spend more time with you.”
A few weeks after we started homeschooling she looked at me and said, “Mom do you remember when I went to Kindergarten?” I responded, “Yeah babe, I do.” She replied with a sad look on her face, “I liked making new friends, but I missed you and my sisters every day.”
And there went my heart, melting again into a puddle.
When you homeschool you have the ultimate freedom. You can plan vacations, trips, moves, outings, anything around your family’s schedule and your family’s schedule only. You don’t have to consider the public-school schedule or anything of the sort. This is amazing.
Not only do you have freedom in your schedule from week to week and month to month, but you also have freedom day to day.
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While my daughter was in school I HATED drop off and pick up. Like full blown loath entirely. Every morning I was making sure her back pack was put together snack and water was packed, all three kids were fed & dressed, baby was fed before we left, and that we got her to school on time. This took a good 2 hours every morning.
Then you have pick up. I may have hated drop off but pick up was 10x worse. Nine out of ten times my middle child and the baby were napping when it was time for us to leave and pick up the oldest from school. My middle child HATES being woken up from a nap. It puts her in the worst kind of mood and takes her forever to calm down.
Are you connecting the dots yet? Yeah baby’s cranky because she didn’t get to finish her nap, the middle child is throwing a royal temper tantrum because she got woken up too early, and then we pick up the oldest who has emotion coming out her ears from the moment she steps foot in the car.
Having the freedom to plan my day to day without drop off and pick up has been the most beautiful and wonderful thing since sliced bread. Not even kidding.
Homeschool is wonderful, but it does have its challenges. As the parent you wear a lot of hats; Teacher, Principle, Administrator, Coach and so much more. Also, it’s true that you don’t get a break during the day like other moms, but even with its challenges we still love it. The one on one teaching, the freedom to plan our day, week, and month how we like it, and all the extra time we get to spend together as a family is priceless. Homeschool fits us like a glove, and God willing, we will continue.