I was not a homeschooled child.
In fact, I’d always grown up thinking that homeschooling was weird and homeschooled kids were odd, antisocial kids who had no friends. I know, I know….. I’m terrible right?! I never imagined that I would actually go on to homeschool my own children.
It wasn’t until a few years ago, I was speaking to a friend who was an elementary school teacher and she told me that when she has kids, she planned to homeschool them. I was so surprised. How could a teacher, whose whole career revolved around teaching kids in the school system, not believe in what she did? When I questioned her, she said that as much as she loved her job, she was tired of the uniformity that lived within schools. Kids are being taught how to learn one way. Well, guess what?! Not every child learns the same way or even at the same pace. She said that it was so sad when she had kids in her class struggling with concepts, and instead of slowing down to help those specific kids, she had to just move to the next lesson or unit to keep in line with the school year schedule. She wanted to have a key role in her children’s education.
When my daughter was a baby, I started to think about school. I had remembered the conversation I had with my friend and decided to look up homeschooling, really just to understand it better. I had no intentions of actually doing it.
Well, let me tell you, I was blown away with all of the homeschool options!
I had no idea that the homeschooling world was so big. There are so many resources out there. Homeschool blogs, Facebook groups, co-ops and site. And don’t even get me started about curriculum. There’s almost too much to choose from. I’ve since fallen in love with homeschooling and have chosen to pursue home education with my own two kids.
When I tell people that I homeschool my daughter and plan to with my son as well, I always the same horrid look and big old ‘Why would you want to do that?’ question. For me, the reasons are so simple.
I want my kids to have a love for learning.
Like really, really love it! I want their education to be full of fun and choices. I don’t want them to be sitting in a classroom for 7 hours a day memorizing facts and reading from a text book. I want them to be out, exploring the world.
I want them to learn stuff that really matters in life. Of course, I want them to learn the basic subjects that they would in school but I also want them to learn how to take care of a house, how to budget and how to cook. Those 3 simple things, I feel are really lacking in our children’s education. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen memes with 20 something year olds burning food or messing up some basic life skill with #adultingishard on it. I know that those memes are meant to be funny but honestly, I think that they’re kind of sad.
I want my kids education to be full of music, art and physical activity. I want to be in charge of what my kids learn and at what pace they learn it. Not every child learns the same way. There are 3 types of learners; visual, auditory and kinesthetic. I want to teach them based on how each of them learn best and I want to keep at their pace. If they’re zipping through lessons, I know it’s time to move on but if they’re struggling, we can keep practicing until they’ve mastered a topic. We have all the time in the world. I also think that homeschooling promotes a really strong family bond. Sure, my kids get on my nerves sometimes but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Now, I’m not bashing public school!
I’d hate for anyone to think that I’m judging them for choosing to send their kids there. I went to school and I liked it for the most part. These are just a few reasons why WE chose to homeschool. Honestly, I could probably name off at least 20 more things but I think I’ll save that for another day.
Check out this post for the top 5 questions that I always get asked as a homeschool mom.
What are some of the reasons you chose to homeschool your kids?