What A Difference Homeschooling Makes

Recently, I attended my first homeschool convention and learned SO MUCH about SO MANY THINGS.

When I returned, I was asked on Facebook: “I’m curious, what is it you love about homeschooling compared to your other two experiences?”

The other two experiences referenced are Kindergarten at a private Christian school, and 1st grade at public school.

First, let me tell you how I won’t address that inquiry.

This is not a post to condemn or shame others who send their children to school.

This is not a post to proclaim homeschool as the “correct” option for educating children.

This is not a post to complain about or berate other school systems.

If that’s what you’re looking for or expecting, I’m sorry (not sorry) to say you won’t find that here.

I will share (only a few) reasons why I love homeschooling, and what the benefits have been.

  1. More meaningful time with my children
    Some would think (I was one of them) if you spend more time with your children, you’re prone to be driven crazy more often by being around them all. the. time.

    The opposite is true.

    The more time we spend together, the more we enjoy spending time together.

    Along those lines, when Little Miss was going to school, it was a frustrating rush to get her out the door on time, and once she was home, it was a frustrating battle to get her to believe her parents over her peers on whatever topic they had recounted that day. Our time spent together was more frustrating than meaningful.

    Homeschooling gives us the opportunity to have meaningful interactions, conversations, and experiences that wouldn’t happen if we were apart for hours every day.

  2. Learning methods
    Not every child learns the same way or shares the same interests. Even (and maybe especially) siblings.

    My children don’t learn the best in the same ways, they don’t share the same struggles, and they don’t have the same interests.

    Homeschooling allows for us to implement a customized plan for each child to highlight their strengths, gifts, and abilities.

    More than a standardized IEP (individualized education program) in schools, homeschooling allows me to go into more depth and detail with my child’s interest, activities, and methods to keep them motivated to continue learning.

  3. Unconventional methods and skills
    Our first week of homeschool, we did science AND math while I canned salsa. The measuring of the ingredients and the timing of the process was math material, and the cooking and canning process was the science.

    On top of that, we had a home economics lesson in food preparation, storage, and even in hospitality.

    Little Miss learned more in one salsa-canning session than three separate textbooks/worksheets teaching the same material could have accomplished, and all three subjects were covered in one hour’s time.

    Everything becomes a lesson and it amazes me how much more learning happens while living than while textbooking. Yes, I made up that word, but you get my point.

  4. Retention and responsiveness
    Every day when Little Miss came home from school, her only response regarding her day would be about what happened on the playground.

    She usually always forgot what they learned or talked about, what they were working on, or what she was supposed to share with us.

    Now, every day, she can tell you what she learned, what excited her about it, what she didn’t like about it, what she’s looking forward to, and she remembers so much more.

    Her memory recall has improved significantly, and so has Little Man’s – probably because he pays intent attention right alongside his older sister. He can’t be left out!

  5. Eating habits and nutrition
    I made Little Miss’ lunch every day for school.

    More often than not, she would bring home as much food as I had sent with her, sometimes only eating half a sandwich or less for lunch.

    She is a slow eater – my word, so slow – and lunch was a limited time, followed by the promise of play, so it didn’t surprise me she would choose play over eating.

    The problem was, however, she was famished all day long (because she rarely finished her breakfast before having to leave for the bus) and when she came home in the afternoon, she was starving, cranky, and ready to pick a fight.

    Not to leave Little Man out of this, when he goes too long between snacks, he turns into a Snickers commercial.

    Having them at home, I can ensure they’re getting the right foods at the right times as often or as little as they need. It has made a huge difference in their attitude come 4:00 or 5:00 in the afternoon.

This post is a little lengthy, and I could go on about much more, but I’ll stop for now with those five reasons.

(Though I could talk about building my kids’ character, the freedom of time and scheduling, the flexibility, the benefit of home structure, experiencing my children’s a-ha! moments first hand, the fun, the friends, the community – oh my word, so much I love!)

Homeschooling has made a tremendously positive difference in our home, in our family, and in our day-to-day.

I can’t say enough good about it, and even though I swore I would never, I’m so thankful I’m able to homeschool my children.

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