Choosing to homeschool has been one of the single most stressful decisions I’ve made since becoming a parent.
Ok, ok, that was a little dramatic. But seriously! It was HARD! I had so many reasons to homeschool. But that voice in the back of my head kept screaming at me, trying to convince me that I couldn’t do it. Luckily for us, I have a bizarre sense of determination and I refuse to be told I can’t do something. Even when it’s myself telling me I can’t.
We are definitely still trying to find our flow, but I think we are all perfectly content with the decision to start our homeschool journey. I say “our” because if these last few weeks have done anything, they have proven to me that homeschooling isn’t just for kids! The amount of information I’ve learned along-side of my three-year-old, as a college honors student, is absolutely astounding. I’m sure I learned some of this as a child, I unfortunately didn’t carry that knowledge with me into adulthood. By turning our home into a classroom, I am able to finally break that cycle of learning just to forget, that I struggled with during my childhood and adolescent years. By choosing to be my daughters’ mother and teacher, I get to watch her eyes light up when she learns something new and I get to be there every step of the way to encourage her to expand her thought process and ask questions. To help her never lose that spark of excitement and wonder.
Our reasons for homeschooling:
- We are able to teach true events rather than the white washed events often taught in the public-school curriculum
- We are able to nurture the creativity that flows naturally through our daughter
- To help create a love of learning through fun and engaging activities.
- Open up the availability to travel. The world is our classroom, after all!
- Gives the opportunity to really dive into subjects that are of interest
- The ability to provide our daughter with basic life skills that we otherwise wouldn’t have as much time for if she was in public school. Such as cooking and baking from scratch.
- (I’m sure this one won’t resonate with everybody and that’s ok.) I have a serious issue with how the public -school sex education system is set up in America. It’s seriously so flawed. I am a firm believer in age appropriate comprehensive sex education beginning in childhood over abstinence only education.
- My daughter’s sense of success isn’t weighed on test scores
- When tests are necessary, homeschooled kids on average rank higher scores in standardized testing
- There’s so much more time left to PLAY! One of the most important parts of a child’s development!
- We’re able to implement a passion for creative and critical thinking
- We are able to focus on bettering our strengths instead of dwelling on weaknesses.
- The family bond that comes along with homeschooling.
- Having class outside? YES PLEASE!
- Mental health days aren’t counted against your attendance.
Even though this is still all so new to us, I feel so honored to be able to have this experience. I don’t know if we will homeschool forever, as much as I really hope we do! Ultimately, we will leave that choice up to our daughter as she gets older. If she wants to try out public school, we would never dream of standing in her way of that experience. Even if she does choose to go to public school eventually, I understand that our home will always be her classroom. No matter what building, field or forest she calls her school.
I know that right now, in this crazy time of life, this “to homeschool or not to homeschool” thought processes is shaking a lot of families to the core. And I hope you all know, that for every hard day, there will be a day that makes you realize how worth it, it is! I know my daughter is young, and it’s going to be different for all of us, we all have different backgrounds, beliefs and children with different ways of learning and interests. But I know we can all learn together; we just have to let go of the expectations of education that have been drilled into us by society. School doesn’t need to last a full 8 hours; it doesn’t even have to be inside, or at your home. Learning can be done anywhere. Science class? Go to the park, examine the flowers, trees and wild animals! History? Museums are a great place to learn events of the past. Art? Check out local painting workshops or pottery classes! The possibilities for learning are absolutely endless!