ONE HUGE BENEFIT TO HOMESCHOOLING
Are you aware of this one huge benefit to homeschooling?
If you haven’t started homeschooling yet, you might not have considered this benefit.
And if you’re like I was, it might even take you months or years of homeschooling your kids to fully embrace this benefit.
The one huge benefit to homeschooling that I am talking about is flexibility.
Hi, my name is Jackie, and I originally shared this article a couple of years ago. However, the message is just as relevant today as it was then.
You might want to listen to this podcast episode too. I always share some things in the HomeSchool ThinkTank Podcast that don’t quite make it into the corresponding article. Here’s the link if you prefer to listen.
Homeschooling allows flexibility in your life that is absolutely unmatched when your kids attend traditional school.
Today my daughter has a dentist appointment.
Unlike parents who have kids in traditional school, I do not have to consider how this appointment might impact her school day.
We Don’t Have To Worry About School.
Will I have to worry about big assignments that are due or tests?
Will I have to call the school and let them know she will be late?
No, I will not.
This worked for our family and I took the appointment.
Wake Up Naturally…
Fortunately, my younger daughter doesn’t have to get up early for this appointment—she doesn’t even have to go with us.
I am grateful that my husband works from home, as this sometimes works to my benefit. Today is one of those days.
My youngest will probably wake up about 7:00. No alarm needed. She’ll go visit with her dad for about 15 minutes before heading out to feed all the animals—including her sister’s animals—and then she’ll get herself going for the morning. She’ll cook her own breakfast—and maybe her dad’s too. Afterward, she’ll start her schoolwork on her own. I appreciate that my kids are getting older and are increasingly more responsible.
One Benefit of Homeschooling
Time With Parents…
While my youngest will be home with dad, I’ll have a little alone time with my oldest. On the drive in, it’s likely we’ll talk.
Mostly, she’ll talk, and I’ll listen. This is great for our relationship.
Sometimes though, we listen to audiobooks, educational CD’s or podcasts.
As I’m writing this—early before her appointment–I’m considering getting her up a bit earlier to stop in for a breakfast burrito. My teenager, like most teens, loves food!
Here’s another great thing about homeschooling. While my daughter’s dentist appointment is during traditional school hours, she is not missing any lectures and she will not have additional homework tonight.
We will simply adjust our day accordingly. If you ask me, this is another huge benefit of homeschooling.
Nothing disrupts family time quite like homework…you know, the kind kids have when they go to school.
Adjust Your Schedule As Needed…
Since we’ll be out and about, we are taking advantage of our time in town.
We live about half an hour from anywhere, so while we’re in town, we’re going to the gym this morning. I’ll go to an exercise class and my daughter will head to the boxing room.
Homeschoolers call this…physical education.
When we leave the gym, we are going to take advantage of this morning a little bit more.
On the way home, we’ll stop and pick up a couple of the kid’s homeschooling friends.
It’ll be about lunch time when we get home. So, my youngest will put away her schoolwork—that she’s been doing while I was away—and the kids will undoubtedly have home-ec in my kitchen.
Oh, how they love to cook!
Now, let me tell you about the younger girl’s physical education. First, the younger girls will jump on the trampoline. Let me rephrase that, they don’t just jump, they also move like horses. They gallop, canter, and trot. They also hop like real rabbits. Like any kid, they test their physical ability on the trampoline.
Then, they’ll do physical education like you’ve never seen it. They’ll head out to the arena and set up vertical poles, and barrels, and jumps, and parallel poles on the ground. This course is not set up for the horses, they set it up for themselves. They run this course over, and over, and over again. It’s amazing. I don’t think many people could keep up with them. It’s a workout and a half.
Afterward, they’ll come in and eat lots of fruit and drink lots of water. Then, they’ll go play with their toy barn animals. They frequently play in wide-open spaces–this also takes lots of movement.
When they get tired of that, they’ll probably come inside and read books together. For years they’ve been obsessed with reptiles. Their favorite book is a snake encyclopedia. If you have questions about reptiles, these two could probably give you the answers!
If you want to hear more of this story and about how the older girls spend their time writing a book together, then listen to this podcast episode here.
Live & Learn Your Way….
My girl’s friends will stay about three hours. My kids will then do schoolwork for a couple more hours, have a snack, and then head back outside for a little more fun and chores.
At the end of the day, the girls will have completed some traditional school work, but they’ll have also learned in other non-traditional ways. However, each of their days will be well-spent. They will be engaged and learning from the time they wake up to the time they fall into bed.
A Flexible Lifestyle…
This is the life of my homeschool family. Some days look more normal than others, but every day is full of education and learning.
I love the flexibility of homeschooling.
Today – like most days – is what it needs to be.
We have a basic routine & educational plan in place.
However, we are flexible and adjust our days accordingly.
Our relationships, our health, and our education are all important.
We will embrace the flexibility of homeschooling and live and learn our way.
Will you embrace this one huge benefit of homeschooling?
Have You Been Thinking About Homeschooling?
Then you might want to read THINK HOMESCHOOL: Live & Learn Your Way!
This book was written to help you decide if homeschooling is the right decision for your family.