If you're new here, you may or may not know that in addition to running several successful businesses, and being a mama to three babies (all born within three years), I'm also hard at work homeschooling those three growing children.
I wanted to homeschool my children for years, even before they were conceived. I figured I'd have them slowly, three or four years apart, and send the older to school for a couple years while I nurtured the younger. Once they had a solid foundation in what 'school' was, I'd bring them back home and replicate the experience in our own schoolroom.
When that sweet baby boy was born and looked up into my eyes with his squishy newborn face, there was zero chance I'd be willingly sending him off anywhere.
So we became a homeschooling family immediately. And all the things I continue to learn about human beings and child development make me SO glad for that decision. It's not for everyone, but we're thriving.
We love homeschooling, but granted, there are ups and downs to every decision in life, and homeschooling is no exception. So I decided to blog about the best and worst things we experience as homeschoolers.
Educational freedoms for all. I like to provide a little structure to my children's day, just in case they grow up and actually choose to become a corporate desk jockey someday. (Oh the horror!) I also think routine is important to little ones so they have a sense of security and expectation. My firstborn really needed that, as routine changes were upsetting to him. Now that they're older and fairly well-adjusted children, I love that we don't have to live by a curriculum, that we can study whatever we're interested in that day, or that week. I love that my son can build electrical circuits, and my daughter can paint a masterpiece of the alphabet, and both are happy because they are each learning (without realizing it) in the ways that work best for them. THAT is an incredible feeling.
No sludging to school. When I was young, the worst part of school for me was getting up at 6:00 am - especially when it was still dark. And if I had to take the late bus after an extracurricular and arrive home in the dark too? Blech. Physiologically, I didn't function well like that. I'm just not an early riser and have stopped trying to be one. I get incredible work done between 7 pm and 1 am every day, and I'm good with that! Homeschooling allows my kids to get their best work done between 9-11 am and 1-3 pm. We're all well-rested, and learning is a joy rather than a chore/burden.
Our world of oysters. (Or something like that.) Because come September, when all the world goes back to their fine institutions of government sponsored propa-ahem-learning, we once again have free and unfettered access to restaurants, stores, libraries, and parks. And dang, that's awesome!
No snow days! I mean, we have them, sure. We don't exactly venture out in snow, ice, and freezing rain. But since we are already home, enjoying our flexible schedule, we never have the satisfaction of turning off the alarm and rolling over to go back to sleep on a snow day.
Bedtime? When I was a kid, we always got into bed quickly, and timely because we had to get up for school in the morning. It was imperative! Tonight, as my children wandered out of bed for the 4th time into the hallway at 8:30 pm, I found myself with no ready argument about needing to get to bed for school the next morning. Seriously. Bumming so hard, right now.
Oh sweet time. Have I mentioned that I run four businesses? Yeah, I've mentioned that. Do you KNOW how much work I could get done if my kids were GONE for 7 hours a day? OMG. The possibility practically brings tears to my eyes. Of course I'd have to get up at 6 am to get them there, and I'd probably be so tired I'd lose that 7pm -1 am shift....right? So, I mean, it's basically a wash, right....? RIGHT??
Any other homeschooling parents following along? What's your best/worst list?