People ask me why I homeschool or how I could ever have the patience to do it. When I get that question (which is often), I often wonder if I could have it any other way.
When my daughter was enrolled in school during her brief four-week stint, I almost caved and wondered how all the other moms were doing it. Waking up at 6 a.m. every weekday morning to drop off my child at the school only to pick her up five hours later and not have any clue what really went on during her day was driving me nuts. It only took four short weeks before I pulled her out and began homeschooling again.
And, oh…the bliss!
I love homeschooling for a lot of reasons, but none stand out to me as much the following three:
Flexibility. In homeschooling, we have flexibility in our schedules (when we homeschool, which days, and for how long). Many states have different legal requirements, but in California, where I live, it is a simple matter of filing some paperwork or choosing a charter or cover school. Within each of these legal structures, there is a tremendous amount of flexibility afforded to us.
Additionally, we get to choose our own preferred curriculum for our students. If one particular curriculum doesn’t work, we try a different approach.
The one thing I really like is the flexibility to select extracurricular classes during normal “school hours,” making our wait times less hectic and fitting snugly into our weekly schedule. We can beat the onslaught of after-school traffic and crowded music studios and have a relaxing routine.
Freedom. As I mentioned with flexibility, there is a lot of leeway we have as homeschoolers to make choices that fit well for our families. The freedoms we have in home education are incomparable. If I want to schedule a family vacation smack in the middle of winter, I don’t have the restrictions of school schedules holding me back. We just do school around our planned vacation time or we take school with us! Sometimes these impromptu outings give us educational experiences we hadn’t planned for.
Fun. In the middle of our homeschool days when we’ve been trudging along with math or plucking through a worksheet on verbs, there is nothing better than the permission to let loose and have fun!
Homeschoolers need a break and it’s a relief to know that we don’t have to wait until a predesignated “recess” bell (and what schools have recess anymore anyway?)
So, for these three reasons (and more) I love homeschooling. Over the years it has become a lifestyle of freedom and joy as I am daily learning to place one foot in front of the other, and enjoy the journey of home education.