Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Why Homeschool?

We have been asked many time about homeschool. So many people simply do not understand the "why" of homeschool.  I thought I would take the opportunity to share a little of our "Why".

We began the homeschool journey many years ago when Katelyn was in 5th and then sixth grade. Katelyn had begun at a private school in town when her grades began to plummet. The three week progress report made us aware that she was struggling in her classes with one teacher. My sweet girl who generally had A's and B's had dove into the C's and D's. We immediately tried to speak with the teacher that simply placed all of the blame on my daughter. Trying to speak with her about the situation was futile so we decided to homeschool her for the two years she would be under this teacher. My girl excelled and continued to do so through her college years - She frequents the Dean's List and has throughout her Freshman, Sophomore and Junior college years. She is now a Senior in college and I expect her to excel this year as well. 

A few years ago we began homeschool once again with Ryan. Fourth Grade was tough for him as he was continuously bullied. By Christmas Break of his 4th Grade year our son was withdrawing and we knew he had enough. We had spoken with the teacher and the school principal . . . to no avail. No child should have to deal with a bully! He began homeschool and has never wanted to head back to "school" in the sense of private or public school.

The other boys continued their school year in a private school - the same as Katelyn and Ryan had. Once the school year ended, we began planning to keep them home for homeschool as well.

We are now in our 3rd FULL year of homeschool with all of the boys. I must tell you . . . I don't know that I would ever send them back to a private or venture to a public school. 

We LOVE homeschool! Here are some reasons besides the ones above that you might find interesting:

  1. Hands on learning ~ the boys love to be involved.
  2. We choose curriculum that fits our children.
  3. We are at liberty to teach them how THEY learn.
  4. We can take our time learning about something.
  5. We don't have to take snow days but we CAN take Sun Days!
  6. We can homeschool anywhere.
  7. Fun, Fun, Fun
  8. We can school in our jammies if we want to.
  9. No worries about the kids hearing about "alternate" views of life that conflict with Our convictions and views.
  10. No Bullies
  11. The kids can learn by doing.
  12. It is awesome to see the kids use their imaginations on something. 
  13. There are no excuses from "teachers" about why your child is upset.
  14. Field trips help EXPERIENCE the information taught. We can take a lot of field trips!
  15. Our schooling is completed earlier than public school.
  16. One on one teaching.
  17. Homework is scarce, we get everything done during our class. Public/Private schools send kids home with many have hours of homework each evening.
  18. Our kids have learned to work together in our classroom. I love to see one of them showing another how to "work" a problem or figure out a solution.
  19. Seeing my kids light up when something clicks.
  20. I love my kids and enjoy being with them.

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