8 Blessings of Homeschooling
Blessings of homeschooling? Where do I start? I finished homeschooling 2 years ago. Or so I thought. Well, my daughter is a sophomore in college now, so technically I am not homeschooling anymore, right?... but doesn't helping her to drill German vocabulary words for several hours an evening when needed count? It surely feels similar...except that I am not in charge anymore!
Every now and again, I find myself very, very thankful for having had the opportunity to homeschool. Nothing could replace it.
Here are some of the blessings of homeschooling your children that I treasure. You probably already know about most of these, but in the midst of the battle, it's often good to be reminded of what the fighting is for!
- You will have the opportunity to help pass on your family's faith and values.
- You will always know what your child is learning and whether it meets your family's standards both academically and morally.
- When a curriculum isn't working, you will almost always have the option to change what you are using or change how you present it, adapting it to your child’s learning style.
- Homeschooling can be flexible! While you do need to maintain a schedule of sorts, it isn't written in stone. You may choose to take a day off if you see that you or your children are truly getting ‘burned out’ without having to write a note to the teacher!
- Lessons can be longer or shorter as needed. Is Math making your son ballistic? Stop math for the day and switch to a nature walk or making cookies. Are the tadpoles hatching?... are kittens being born?... A neighbor needs a helping hand? Shorten the a lesson to a quick review or a game. They'll still get some practice in and you won’t miss that teachable moment that may have little to do with the classroom. I love this part of homeschooling!
- You can let your family's creativity flourish...Unit studies are especially helpful in this respect. Studying Rome? Let them feel what it was like to wear a toga, or build the Parthenon (out of sugar cubes). Studying the China? Eat some rice - for all 3 meals...and by all means try chopsticks; Listen to the music, watch a video about the Great Wall or how about one on pandas. Do a poster about Bhudda and his teachings?. You get the idea...
- You can join or start a co-op or support group for group activities like international banquets, science fairs, or talent shows. Talking to other homeschoolers regularly will open your mind to more possibilities and multiply your confidence...if they can do this, so can you!
- My very favorite blessing of homeschooling?...the fact that you will have the opportunity to develop a closer relationship with each of your children - you will have to or you'll never survive! Homeschooling is parenting at its most intense level. You will learn to communicate and work through problems together because you will have to.
As you learn to hear each child’s heart, you will come to know and understand them more deeply. When you share your own heart with them, they will learn to trust you more completely. They can also gain the tools to build deeper relationships with siblings. You will be teaching them so much more than academic subjects. They will be learning to give of themselves and to get along with others.
Of course there is not enough space here to list all of the blessings of homeschooling in store for the family who has chosen to make the sacrifices it requires.
Are you already homeschooling? Have you been blessed? If you'd like to share your blessings so other moms can read them and be encouraged, please use the form below and I’ll post them at the bottom of this article!
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