There are many reasons why we love homeschooling and why we answered God's call to do it. Here are some of the many ways that we have been blessed by choosing to keep our children at home...
- I have one boy who loves to sleep-- his body just needs it! Today, Tank didn't get up until after 10am. I am so thankful that my growing 5yo can sleep for over 13 hours if need be. (Now if this would just rub off on the other two, I'd be set!).
- Since we don't have to rush off to catch the bus or wait in the drop-off lane at school, Dash can have three loads of cereal in the morning.
- I'm around my boys enough to know that they like to say "loads" instead of "servings".
- My husband does not have a traditional Mon through Fri job. I love that the boys get to spend both quality and quantity time with him! Today they are planning to add a roof and other fun stuff to their backyard fort. And it's only a Wednesday!!!
- I woke up the other day to find my early riser (Dash) quietly doing math. He actually did 4 days' worth and tried to get me to let him have the rest of the week off. :-) Nice try, buddy, but how about no math for just tomorrow?
- I think it's funny that I have to yell at the kids I mean it! No toys, no swords, and NO BOOKS in bed!
- When Tank and I were at the grocery store yesterday, we saw one of his favorite fruits-- clementine oranges! We then spent the next 10 minutes talking about one of our favorite read-alouds last year My Father's Dragon. He corrected me when I said the dragon liked the tangerines on the island. No mommy, I remember, he liked some kind of plant and thought the tangerines were disgusting! Elmer (the boy) liked it though. He was right, I was wrong...and I was happy to be wrong for once.
- The boys have enough time after our lessons to hunt for crawfish, catch lizards and play yard golf.
- I think I'm having more fun learning than they are! We just finished reading a bunch of Greek Myths. Sure, I read The Iliad in college and new about many of the myths, but how could I have never heard of some of the other ones? (I was most surprised to read the one about Arachni...very cool.)
- Homeschooling allowed Tank to start Kindergarten when he was ready...at 4.5...and in JANUARY of last year.
- Field trips are a lot less crowded and a lot more enjoyable when you can go on a weekday...and after noon when the school buses have left to take the other kids back to their schools.
- Oh, and I've made many friends here at HSB-- and even met several of y'all IRL!!!
My days are definitely not perfect and I have tons of room for improvement. When things don't go quite like I planned or the kids are being difficult (or maybe *I'm* being the difficult one!), it is so easy to get discouraged. It is in these times that I try to count my blessings. There is no blessing too big or too small to remember. And now that I have this little list, I can look back on it down the road and be encouraged.
How have you been blessed by homeschooling? (Be sure to write it down!)