It’s noon, my 7-year-old is helping her 2-year-old sister learn to go potty. She’s jumping up and down and talking in her mommy voice. My son is giggling, which is always a pleasant sound, and I’m making turkey sandwiches for everyone. We’re full of smiles on this beautiful March day. Days like today make me wish I homeschooled my kids.
My kids are off track from school right now. We’re on a year-round school schedule, so our spring break is about 3 weeks long. At times I love it and at times I despise it. Going to school in July is hard and having the whole month of January off is rough too. Right now, though, I’m loving having them home.
I usually feel this way the first two weeks we’re on break. I start to think that I should pull my kids from school and embark on the homeschooling route. It’s just too great having my kids home and I see that they are enjoying it just as much.
Now I know the education topic can be a touchy one and it’s prone to strong opinions, which it should be. The education of our children is just too important to not care. So here is my disclaimer…I think schooling preference is personal. There are no two kids exactly alike, there are no two schools exactly alike and every education option out there harbors positive aspects and negative aspects. My kids are currently in a public school. It works great for my son, and not so great for my daughter. They have different personalities. And every year they have a different experience because there are no two teachers alike. My kids are going to be staying in a public school because I simply don’t think I could teach them like those who are trained to do so. But that doesn’t mean I don’t think of other choices, like homeschooling.
Some potential benefits I can see from that option would be…
1. Less drama for us! When we’re off track and my kids are home, I notice a huge difference in my second grader. She’s my little mommy helper. Normally she comes home upset or distraught about whatever drama unfolded during recess, at school with her friends, etc… It takes a while to get her back. But when she’s home all day, she’s her happy self and we avoid those meltdowns. It’s pretty nice.
2. Adios alarm. Another advantage to homeschooling would be the fact that my alarm didn’t go off this morning. That’s a selfish one, but people, this mama needs her rest! My kids have been waking up when their little bodies are ready and we start the day on a happy note. I like that!
3. More family time. I love the fact that my kids are home to entertain and enjoy their little sister and I get to have more time with them. Eating more meals together, like lunch, is a huge bonus.
4. Flexible schedule. It would be great to have more daylight to do some things that we can’t get to in the evening.
5. Health. My kids’ bowels are so much healthier when they are home because they are eating and drinking more and I have more control over that fact. That is a very big benefit in my eyes.
6. Work on own time. My daughter picked up a book the other day that she would have never picked out while she is in school. She’s been reading more than I’ve ever seen her read and she is doing it without any prompt from me. I can see that having more time to be creative or excel in certain areas would be a huge benefit of homeschooling.
All of these things I can see being very positive and beneficial, especially for my daughter. However, there is one disadvantage we would have over here and that disadvantage outweighs most of the advantages: the education part of it. (Ha! Kind of a big one!) I think I would be a royal pushover, see a beautiful day, forget about the schooling part and just soak in the being together part. And well, the education part is pretty important, so we won’t be homeschooling anytime soon. Looks like I’m going to enjoy this time off and head out for some of that beautiful March sunshine now…
Have you ever thought of homeschooling your children for various reasons or do you homeschool your kids? I’d love to know your experience with it!
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