Confession time.... sometimes I don't like homeschooling. Really. Homeschooling is hard work. Anyone who says otherwise is not telling you the truth.
It's tough and it puts demands on your time, attention, and patience.
But it's definitely worth the effort.
Why I don't like homeschooling:
While I enjoy homeschooling (most of the time), there are definitely days when I'd like to ship my kid off to school. Wouldn't I love to lay around all day reading books and puttering around the house! But, that is not what I'm called to do.
Homeschooling takes dedication. It is not a fly-by-the-seat of your pants endeavor. You need to have a plan. You need to be there day-in and day-out.
Homeschooling takes work. Lots of it. You need to research programs, curricula - every year. You need to read books and study. You need to prepare yourself to teach. Preparation is key in a successful homeschool.
Homeschooling takes patience. Heaps of patience. When you are with your family so much during the day (especially if you like a nice quiet, orderly home) it can start to wear on you. You can get short-tempered. Your kids can get short-tempered. Homeschooling brings out ugly attitudes sometimes.
Why I love homeschooling:
While homeschooling is definitely hard work, I wouldn't trade it for anything! Want to know why?
Homeschooling makes us a more close-knit family. With Nick's work schedule, if TJ were in public school they wouldn't see each other at all during the week. But we love being together as a family - playing games, watching TV, or just hanging out.
Homeschooling provides plenty of time for creativity. I have a very creative daughter. She loves to do art projects, make sculptures, paint pictures, draw... Homeschooling gives us the freedom to let her explore her interests.
Homeschooling makes learning a natural part of our life. Learning is just a thing we do. It doesn't end at 3 PM every day. We can explore and learn anytime we like (even on vacation).
Those are just a few of the reasons we homeschool. There are many, many more reasons (I guess that should be another post!).
I'd like to hear your reasons for homeschooling and the things that make it difficult. It certainly isn't all sunshine and roses. But it's certainly worth the time and effort involved.
What do you dislike about homeschooling?
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