I know, I know. I have a thousand photos to upload and lots to post about our trip, but I can’t rid myself of the desire to begin homeschooling! I love it…most of the time! I do have days when I’d rather eat raw meat than homeschool. Okay, that’s stretching it a bit, but you know what I mean. Most days, I look forward to seeing what they will be learning and what I’ll be learning! :] So, in that “back to school” spirit, I thought I share why I homeschool.
1. I homeschool because my husband said I could. (I love that man.) We wanted our children to be in a school where the Bible was the core of the curriculum, but a Christian school can do that very well. I asked my husband if we could homeschool, because I really, really wanted to, and he said “yes”!
2. I homeschool because I love being around my children doing something constructive. I don’t love to be around them when none of us have anything to do, like when we were trapped in a van for 12 hours for two days in a row. Yep, that was our trip home. Or when we all need a nap. Yes, I said “we”. I do, however, like it when we are all working on something: art, reading, writing, ‘rithmatic. You get the idea.
3. I homeschool because it’s cheaper than Christian school, and I really love their teacher. (BIG SMILE!) Oh, that’s me! :]
4. I homeschool because we can be flexible. We can start, pause or quit altogether, if necessary, without any one’s permission. I am very disciplined about school, but it’s nice to know that if we all get the stomach flu, we can take a break and then resume when everyone is well again. No make up work! We can attend preacher’s meetings or visit family or whatever. I can take spring break in March or May! It’s up to me, er, I mean us! ;]
5. I homeschool because it isn’t the books that influence my children as much as it is the people. (Okay, Terry said that. I confess. I stole his line. But it’s so true!)My Mom was a public school teacher/principal my entire life. She was a good influence on her kids, in fact, they all adore her to this very day! But, not all public school teachers are thus. This is mostly a concern during those exciting junior high-teen years. Teachers can have a great impact for good, or bad. I want it to be for good. So, I chose me. Not that I’m always good, but I try to be…never mind. You know what I mean, don’t you?
6. I homeschool because I love to teach, and no Christian school in their right mind would ever hire me. Just kidding. I mean, I do love to teach, and there may be a school of twelve somewhere who would hire me, but I’m not even sure of that. After all, I hold no teaching degree- although I did help my Mom study for her Principal’s certification. Hmmm. That might count for something. What do you think, Mom? Mom? Are you there? Oh, no she isn’t. She’s in Florida. I’ll have to ask her about that later. But you get the point. By homeschooling, I get to teach!!! It’s great. In my next life, I’m going to go to UCA (my parents went there!)and then teach, just like my Mom!
7. By homeschooling I don’t have to get my kids off to school. We eat breakfast, have devotions, get dressed and then I say “You guys go the school room.”
8. Lastly, I love to homeschool because I seriously cannot bear the thought of my kids going an entire day without my knowing what they’re doing, learning, saying, and thinking. I may be a little obsessive…okay I’m a lot obsessive. I know they will have to leave someday, and it will be sooner than I realize. And don’t worry, I’ll let them go! But until then, I want to be around them. I really love my kids.
So what’s your story?
Do you homeschool? If so, why? Were you ever homeschooled? Whatever your thoughts, I’d love to hear them!