Homeschooling has its ups and downs like any other project or lifestyle that we adopt, but after having homeshooled for awhile now, I have found that the benefits far outweigh the negatives. In fact, there are many perks that make me a happier mama!
Just the fact that I don't have to rush out every morning to get the kids to school on time is a major perk! ha!
Another huge perk for us is the fact that my kids can spend a lot of time with their Great-grandparents.
We often go to breakfast at the Greats house. We bring some of our work and spend a couple hours there. Grandpa sings hymns and prays with the kids. It's memories my kids wouldn't have if we didn't choose this lifestyle.
plus my Grandpa is a math wiz (big perk)
Monday,we celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting them over for breakfast at our house this time. Grandma (my mom) was able to make it too before she had to go to work:) The kids enjoyed serving their Grandparents breakfast. We had the table set up and "played restaurant."
Another perk is I am not just teaching my children.
I am instilling a love of learning and a thirst for knowledge.
My kids LOVE school!
This week Austin is begging me to write a report on Helicopters. Faith, has completed 5 book reports because she LOVES to read. (on things that interest her) I like to go with what they are showing interest in and rent books and print unit studies up on those things. I also encourage them to do a lot of research on their own.
With the largest wildfires in Southern California history going on, the kids and I have been praying for the firefighters every morning during our bible time.
After making a Starbucks run (another perk) we went to watch the firefighting helicopters fill up on fire retardant.(and you guessed it the kids did research on it)
another perk my 10yr old gets to spend a lot of time with his 4yr old brother. They are so close yet so far in age.
and he's learning right along side him.
photography by Austin...another perk!
As you can see, homeschooling is indescribable and exhilarating because there really are not a lot of rules to get in the way. Instead,I can try and be creative and personalize my children's education. (Which I am having a lot of fun with) Sure, there are going to be times when my children need to learn things that I don't know but since they love learning and know how to find information I will not have to pound the information into their heads. They will go discover the information for themselves because they want to know it.
Just being home with my kids all day everyday in this short season of life really is the best perk of all!
What are some of your perks?