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With just under a month till school starts I am looking forward to school starting up again.
But not for the reason you may think…
I haven’t spent the summer hearing “I’m bored” and want to send our son back. Our learning really hasn’t stopped. We are a homeschooling family with one child, yes only one.
Our son went to daycare and Montessori Kindergarten. In grade one we made the dramatic switch to homeschool and we are going into grade three this year. Both my husband and I work full time and we have the same average amount of household duties as any other average family such as laundry, cooking, house repairs, gardening and etc. We have a full and busy schedule.
So why do we homeschool….
We don’t homeschool for religious or geographical reasons. We homeschool or I should say I homeschool because I love spending time with our son, watching him learn and participating in his learning process. I have to admit I am a bit nerdy and love learning too.
We belong to a homeschooling program and we have goals we need to meet on a family, school and government level in reflection to our son’s schooling. We use various workbooks, do field trips, study Math, English and Art. We also study robots, engineering, dinosaurs, bugs, our countries history and sign language.
Last year my son and my husband built a robot as part of science (Grade 2). We listened to the philharmonic orchestra, studied the life cycle of lady bugs and learned sign language.
We homeschool because my son loves and is intrigued with things that aren’t on the regular curriculum for his grade level. We also homeschool because he is above average in his reading and gets a little frustrated with math. Our son, likes art but loves science and robotics. Homeschooling lets him learn at his level and progress with his understanding. Last year we spent a few extra weeks on math after all our studies were done because that is what he needed.
Homeschooling works for us because we have an interest in our son’s education, his interaction with life, his future, his emotions and him as a person. School isn’t a 9-5 for us. We don’t have a set schedule and time, we work our studies around our daily activities and what needs to get done. We do have educational goals for the week and the month and I am very structured about reaching these goals. Physical education may be at ten in the morning or 4 in the afternoon. The timing doesn’t matter; the fact that he is learning, absorbing and understanding the information is what is important.
Over the summer we stop school for two months but our son’s learning doesn’t stop. Last year, it was robotics and pioneer day camps. This year it was science, farming and art day camps. We also took trips to places we have never been and he learned about mapping, camping and the outdoors. He read books, watched shows, worked on skills. Learning doesn’t just stop because school does…
Will we always homeschool?
Honestly, I can’t answer that. I will do what is required and what works. As our son ages his interests may expand past my knowledge and outside educational participation may be what we need. Our lives, everyone’s lives are constantly changing; we as a family may get to a point where homeschooling doesn’t work. Currently, we are homeschooling and our son is learning and we are all happy. I want our son to know that he can homeschool or distance/direct learn at any point in his educational career. Currently, there is opportunity for any person to homeschool from pre-kindergarten through University. Your options are basically endless….
I get asked all the time how we do it. How do I work full time, be a Mom, be a Wife, be a Blogger and homeschool? My honest answer is “I just do”. I just do what I need to do and I make it work.
What works for us may or may not work for someone else. Homeschooling is a family decision, you have to do what works for everyone. In our family, with our schedules and our knowledge it works.
If you are thinking of homeschooling talk to other homeschooling parents in your community or homeschooling friends. Look into the educational and the legal requirements for your area. Look into the costs involved in the materials you may be interested in using. Do your research before you dive in and know that if it doesn’t work its as simple as that. What is important is that your child is learning, learning at their level, absorbing the educational information and enjoying learning.
Homeschooling can be an amazing educational activity or it can be full of ups and downs. It is what you make of it. Homeschooling works for us but may or may not for you. I wish you the best of success in education in the coming years and if you have any homeschooling or other questions please don’t hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Have an amazing day.