Choosing to home school is a BIG RESPONSIBILITY. You’re the sole instructor, mentor and educator. And you’re still a parent. You’re accountable for being organized and capable of teaching. You need to hold success in the palms of your hands, the success your child will one day have.
I’m basically telling this to myself every day as a reminder, because honestly, I have no idea what I’m getting myself into! No idea, just a plan. I mean, I have never been homeschooled. I have never been a teacher or a tutor (besides giving piano lessons to a little girl). I have never been given such responsibility as to decide how my children will receive education. It’s a big deal, and truthfully I’m nervous.
Thankfully, I have a very supportive husband. We’ve talked about this topic on many occasions and thought about various options. We weighted and calculated. We thought about what would be best for our children as students and what would be better for our family as a whole.
Before I say anything else though, I do have to mention that I’m a stay at home mom and am home with both of my kids, everyday. It’s a huge privilege and I’m forever thankful to my husband for his understanding, support and frankly, hard work.
But if you’re still on the fence trying to decide whether you should homeschool or not, try to put in all your effort and research this topic as deep as you can. Examine yourself and your schedule. Make sure you have the time, desire and willingness to take on this big task.
After doing a ton of research myself, I came to one conclusion; homeschooling has a lot of benefits.
So let me share with you my reasons for homeschooling, even with the best school district in the state of New Hampshire. I’ve gathered some of my reasons from an awesome article one homeschooling mom wrote!
1. Keeping family values
You can easily instill and keep your family values and traditions if your children are constantly in your presence.
2. Less time driving, more time learning
Instead of dropping-off and picking-up kids from school every day (which can easily take good two hours), you can spend that time towards schooling. And have more free time at the end of the day.
3.Time with kids
Kids grow up fast! Homeschooling allows parents to “grow” with their children. Being there with them every day at every hour allows you to see your kids learn, develop and mature. More time to bond, more time to have fun together.
4. Sleep + health
There’s no need to wake up at 6 am to start getting ready for school. If your kid’s feel the need to sleep in or are not feeling well, you can easily push homeschooling an hour or two later in the day or cancel homeschooling altogether.
5. Freedom in schedule
You have the freedom to build your own schedule. Kids or you not feeling well, no problem, skip homeschooling today, catch up tomorrow. Planning a family vacation? No need to wait for that week of vacation right before Christmas. Snow or freezing temps outside? Who cares, you’re cozy and warm right where you are, no need to leave the house (or make up snow days in summer heat!)
6. Fun, interactive + hands-on curriculum
Kids don’t have to be stuck in a classroom when, in reality, they want to be outdoors. You can plan fun field trips, museum or zoo visits. Or simply homeschool outside on the porch! It’s a fact that kids learn better when they’re outside, in the nature, doing hands-on activities. As Albert Einstein said, “Play is the highest form of research”.
7. Save money
The Christian homeschooling curriculum we’ve chosen, Abeka, costs $3,700 less than it would to send the child to a Christian school using the same curriculum.
I understand, homeschooling isn’t for everyone. There are lots of good reasons why some parents have to send their kids to a “physical” school. We, as parents, have to decide what we’re able and not able to do. What we can afford and fit into our families’ budget and what we cannot. Most importantly, we cannot be critical of other parents and families and their decisions regarding education. Let’s do what’s best for our children and families, after all!