When I started homeschooling, it wasn’t because I wanted to shelter my kids or because I was upset with our local elementary school or because I thought my kids would just love it.
I started homeschooling because we have a desire to live in Africa as missionaries full time one day and God had planted us in a church FULL of homeschooling families! Families who had been homeschooling for many years. Families full of resources and opportunities to learn from in my beginning years. God had blessed me with homeschooling mentors right within my own church.
What I’ve realized after homeschooling for a few years is that not only do I love the family time, the precious learning moments and the freedom to school as we choose, I love that my kids LOVE being homeschooled!
As I began this post, I asked Elayna to write down some of the girls’ reasons for loving homeschool.
I just grabbed my camera and listened to their sweet chatter…
1. Staying home.
Mommy’s thought: whew! they love being home!
2. Staying in pajamas.
Mommy’s thought: Yes! No big shopping expenses at the beginning of the school year! oh, and I love pjs too.
3. Being with Mommy all day.
Mommy’s thought: *tear*
4. Plenty of Brakes (typed as she wrote it)
Mommy’s thought: I’m assuming she meant BREAKS not BRAKES here. That said, yes, we do get to take breaks when the girls get too fidgety. The girls can get drinks or go potty whenever they need to. Total bonus of being home.
Breaks for playing with a .10 ribbon from a local garage sale?
5. No worries.
Mommy’s thought: I had to ask Elayna what she meant. She said, “You know… like bullies or kids teasing or worrying about what I’m wearing… things like that.” Yes, baby… no worries.
6. Sleep In.
Mommy’s thought: Hallelujah!!! Life in the ministry is crazy busy and it means some really late nights at the church or other events. I love that I don’t have to rush out the door because the girls have to get to bed. Sleeping in happens a lot around here.
7. Daddy’s Adventures.
Mommy’s thought: I also love this about homeschooling. Anytime Daddy is heading off on an adventure, the girls are free to go with him. Always fun, always educational and always precious family times.
8. Plenty of field trips.
Mommy’s thought: Well, to these homeschool kiddos, everything seems like a field trip. Grocery shopping, library trips, post office runs… they go on them all and we try to learn something wherever we go.
9. Homeschool Friends.
Mommy’s thoughts: Yep, since we know so many homeschoolers, our girls have a great number of homeschool friends. Such a blessing.
Mommy’s thought: To be honest, this is NOT one of my favorite aspects of homeschooling. I’d much rather read about it than do it. But, the girls do love when we break from the books and pull out something interesting or messy or creative. Hands-on learning at its best.
I’m thankful to be able to homeschool my girls because…
If it makes these girly-girls happy…
Then this momma is happy…
I write this knowing that many of you don’t homeschool your kids… I’d love to know a reason why your kids love going to school! I’m sure there are many, many amazing reasons!
So, all moms… no matter how you school your kids, what do your kids love about how they go to school?