JMJ *With homeschooling, proper socialization opportunities abound, with people of all ages and backgrounds, assuming that you get out of the house! It is more of a “slice of reality” to be mixed in with such an assortment of ages, than being mixed in with same-aged peers in a traditional classroom setting.
Ring the School Bell 85/180 days
Drought conditions, which we are experiencing this year in southern California, produced a phenomenon I call eternal spring, where every day is gorgeous weather, but hardly changes a smidgen from one day to the next. Today, I took a walk with Sabrina and immediately wished I was wearing a tank top and shorts, it was so hot. This is January. Unbelievable.
We “skyped” our relatives in Indiana today, and enjoyed little baby Reid onscreen, whose baptism is in a few days. He demonstrated to us that he really didn’t appreciate the Skype call by giving us the “pouty face” and sobbing. Sorry little guy. I miss him and wish we were not so far apart.
Forty-one water-savvy plants now have a new address, our backyard. The water and power company is footing the bill, in order to encourage the population to get rid of their water-thirsty lawns. Yay! We bought the plants at the Theodore Payne nursery, which specializes in plants that don’t mind the clay soil and low moisture conditions. Please thrive, little plants! The patio smelled and looked lovely, adorned with pots of aromatic sages, verbenas, grasses, and lupines, among others.
Since we are heading very shortly into the 2nd semester of the year, I thought I would take some take some time to reflect on some of the reasons why I homeschool.
Homeschooling is definitely not for everyone, but if it is something you are contemplating, or you just need to remind yourself why you are homeschooling, (which I have to think about on occasion!) here are 5 more reasons to homeschool.
Reasons to Homeschool, part 2
- With homeschooling, proper socialization opportunities abound, with people of all ages and backgrounds, assuming that you get out of the house! It is more of a “slice of reality” to be mixed in with such an assortment of ages, than being mixed in with same-aged peers in a traditional classroom setting. Adults become the primary role models in many cases, instead of peers, especially when the kids are younger. This puts pressure on parents to be positive examples to their kids, but it should always be that way, anyway, whether or not you homeschool.
- Parent/child separation can be delayed until much later, a definite advantage for some kids who are not ready for school at age 4 or 5. Group activities can be introduced when your child is ready. Sabrina, my oldest who attended a regular school from preschool to grade 3 before I began homeschooling, never quite understood why she had to go to school every day. She would have preferred waiting a little longer, I am sure, but I was not quite ready to commit to homeschooling with two other babes in arms, and my husband working late hours.
- The adult/child ratio is awesome, even in a large family of 13. How many traditional schools have such an intimate school setting!
- Being together so much with their siblings, homeschooling does give your children an opportunity to develop an emotional closeness to each other, and understand each others’ strengths and weaknesses.
- Kids are supposed to love learning! Homeschooling is a perfect setting for this. Experiential learning is such a big component of homeschooling, especially in the early years. Although a 1st or 2nd grade science text may have beautiful illustrations of butterflies, how much more memorable is it to witness the life cycle of a butterfly first hand, or go to an actual butterfly garden? Often I wish I would have pulled Sabrina out of school earlier. She was bored. Granted there are schools out there that do emphasize the hands-on learning, but I doubt it is the norm. In Sabrina’s school experience, in my opinion, there was too much of an emphasis on sit-down academics, with not enough interactive, engaging activities. It would break my heart every time she asked, “Mom, do I have to go to school tomorrow?”
Obviously, there are so many more reasons to homeschool! What are yours?
If you missed part 1, reasons to homeschool, visit my post from December 1 below:
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** Note to the Reader- Today’s narrative is part of our family’s school journey from a few years ago, during my eldest daughter’s senior year in high school, a rather emotional year, with its many ups and downs. Every day’s blog entry coincides with a day from that special year. It can be read from the beginning by selecting the “Ring the School Bell 180” category on the side bar. Commence with the narrative, “The School Bell- What comes to mind when ‘you’ hear that bell?”
Start here to get the story from the very beginning:
Follow along with us day-by-day through the school year. Hope you will join us!
May God shower blessings on your family as he has on mine. Annette