JMJ117 *Every homeshooling parent, as well as every classroom teacher, should have the autonomy to be able to express themselves in their own unique way to their students. How you will teach, when you will teach, and what you will teach should be up to you. Big benefit!
Ring the School Bell 117/180 Days
School Day 117 is somewhat of a mystery as to what we did, because I neglected to scribble down notes in my journal a few years ago, notes which I access in order to write this narrative.
You see, we were still enjoying “grandpa days” since my dad was still on his visit from Indiana.
I can tell you that we probably commenced our day, as we usually do, with academics in the morning, and then we most likely hung out with Grandpa Claude in the afternoon. As to exactly what we did, it will remain a mystery as apparently we were enjoying his company so much that I neglected to jot down memories of these particular days!
I thought I would take this opportunity to discuss more reasons to homeschool. Now depending on how you look at it, these may be reasons not to homeschool for your particular situation, although I don’t think anyone would like the mystery nuggets described in item 5 below!
In case you missed the first 2 posts on Reasons to Homeschool, here they are:
Reasons to Homeschool Part 3
1- FAMILY UNITY
Family Unity. Having shared family friends is awesome. With homeschooling, many times multiple siblings make multiple friends with multiple members of another family. Say that five times, the tongue twister it is! So family get-togethers can be huge but a great time for bonding and fun, and these relationships can last a lifetime. There is more time together for bonding when you homeschool, okay and for fighting too, but also opportunities for forgiveness! Gadgets are not necessarily a dominating force. One of my close friends sorrowfully told me that she lost her daughter when she got her a cell phone. It took over her life. Texting can become and obsessive past-time, but that is a whole other category.
2- STANDARDIZED TESTING
Will formal testing be part of your curriculum? Most homeschooling parents have, at least, a general idea of what a child needs to learn at each grade level. They also know the SATS and ACTS are out there, and the high school exit exams as well. But there is time, and we know what our children need to learn, in the long run. Thus, formal testing is another choice to make, unless you are in a state or school that demands it. I personally don’t believe that formal testing is necessary in the early years, as we kind of know already, as homeschooling parents, what our kids do and do not know.
My poor little Sarah, the late bloomer in reading, had to sit through an afternoon of standardized testing in the 2nd grade, not having any idea what the words said. It just became a test where she would fill in a “bubble” for each line on the test sheet. Was that really necessary or useful? Or good for her self-esteem? Also, I was never one to waste time studying to the test. Diagnostics are done on a daily basis by the homeshooling parent, anyway, in the form of observation and correcting work. The bottom line, is that in homeschooling you might have more of a choice in whether or not your child should take the standardized grade level tests. In the upper grades, it is true that testing becomes more important when college applications and the prospect of university comes up.
3- TEACHER AUTONOMY
Autonomy, I love that word. The freedom to teach any way you wish to get the job done is awesome. When I was teaching in the classroom a while back, we had our state standards to follow, but how we accomplished our goals was much less scripted than today. Every teacher was allowed a great degree of autonomy and creativity in accomplishing their goals. Every homeshooling parent, as well as every classroom teacher, should have the autonomy to be able to express themselves in their own unique way to their students. How you will teach, when you will teach, and what you will teach should be up to you. Big benefit!
4- PERSONAL VALUES
Your homeschooling agenda likely allows more opportunities to instill your own personal values in your children. I say more opportunities, because of the nature of homeschooling in most cases. Being together more allows more time to discuss the important stuff life is made up of. That is a big one.
5- GOOD NUTRITION AND UNLIMITED RECESS BREAKS
I asked my own family why homeschooling was a good choice. The first answer my, then 12-year-old, gave me was, “Lunch with the family!” and “Recess anytime of day!” Both are true. A good nutritious meal together, in a relaxed atmosphere is good in all ways. When I was teaching in the classroom, almost all of my students qualified for the federal free lunch program. It seemed every other day or so the entrée would be some kind of breaded nugget, “Mystery Nuggets” as the teachers would call them, something which the district probably thought would look appealing to youngsters as it looked much like the well-known fast food nugget. As a teacher, you could purchase a child’s lunch which is what I did on rare, desperate occasions. If you didn’t read the menu, bought your nugget lunch, and took a bite, it was very difficult to tell the difference between the beef, chicken, pork or fish nugget, that’s how processed it was, and hence the name, “mystery nugget”! Good news alert! Mystery Nuggets are not part of the homeshooler’s menu!
It is also wonderful, as my 12-year-old would agree, to escape to our playground, aka backyard, several times a day between subjects or when mom is on the phone!
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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