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While there’s pros and cons to all the different schooling options, I personally have 6 homeschooling perks that are making me so happy I have to share. Here’s your
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6 Homeschooling Perks
While I try to get up and get dressed before the morning gets going, homeschooling my kids means that what I decide to wear is totally up to me. I don’t have to worry about running into anyone in the drop-off line or making sure I look presentable. On days when things are really hitting the fan, or it’s extra cold outside, this is especially nice. Also, I don’t have to argue with my kids over their clothing choices. If they want to wear pajamas all day, more power to them.
While we started school earlier than the local school district, we also only school until around noon on most days. We also have complete control over our schedule. This means that we have the liberty to move school to the afternoon so we can enjoy a morning at an empty park. When all the other kids are in school, parks are wonderfully (mostly) empty during the school week.
A lot of days we do school at our dining room table, but some days we sit in front of the fire place. On other days, we may snuggle up on my bed to do our reading. Sometimes we take school outside or to a coffee shop. The options are endless! Changing up our location on occasion help keep school feeling fresh and new. It also allows my kids to pick where they want to complete an assignment. If my second grader wants to read outside in the hammock, she has total freedom to do that.
Only two of my three kids are officially in school, but because we homeschool, the youngest inevitably gets brought in. She loves to learn alongside her big sisters when we watch a video to find out how dolphins sleep. Everyone gets involved when we’re learning in the kitchen. And even mom, dad and the grandparents are constantly learning new things in order to answer the endless questions.
I want my kids to have friends, of course. But in my book, family is the most important. I always tell my girls that they are each other’s best friends, and I expect them to act like it. Some might think that homeschooling is a good way to get tired of each other, but actually it brings my girls closer together. The oldest reads constantly to the younger two. They all play well together and use their imaginations to bring incredible things to life. I’m sure they would still get along well if they were in separate classes all day, but I love that they have double the hours to play together during the day instead of one or two at the end of a long school day.
Modified Learning Styles
This is one of my favorite homeschooling perks. As a student, I was a good one, but I struggled with taking tests. I watched my brother struggle with the school system in general, even though he is a very smart guy. One of my goals for homeschooling is to avoid these pitfalls. Since I’m’ in charge and I know my kids, I can find different ways to evaluate what they know instead of giving them the traditional tests. In addition, I can tweak how we’re learning to modify it to each child’s interest. For example, my oldest daughter is very artistic and loves to draw. Often I will ask her to draw me picture as a way to gauge what she’s learned. Or I will have her draw me a picture and write a paragraph to go along with it, and suddenly she’s practicing spelling and handwriting. My kindergartner is an animal lover. If I want to engage her, I make the lesson all about animals. In a traditional school setting, kids often can’t get this kind of attention.
Obviously, there are many, many homeschooling perks, and I’ve only listed six of them. If you’re a homeschooler, what are your favorite perks?