Welcome back, today I want to talk about the question “Why do you homeschool?”
Personally, I have always felt “Why” is super important.
“Why” is what will get you through the rough days, sick days, stress days, and the crazy days. Trust me, you will get all of these, let’s just hope they don’t gang up on you and you end up getting them all in the same day!
Therefore, your “why” needs to be solid.
Why do YOU homeschool?
Many families homeschool for different reasons, the top 10* are:
1. To develop a love of learning
2. To build self-worth
3. For safety reasons, to be free from bullying, & violence
4. To have more time as a family
5. To work “school” around your schedule
6. Freedom to choose what to study/when to study
7. The chance to learn from life-outside the desk/box
8. To be life learners, independent thinkers, problem solvers
9. To develop social skills with all ages
10. Build strong character traits
Did any of the above sound familiar to you?
Do not be surprised if your reason for homeschooling changes, or is more complex than a single sentence. It should be. It’s your life!
Why I Homeschool:
If you have followed any homeschooler you will note that homeschooling is not the easiest path to take. You might ask why I bother in the first place.
After all, putting them on the shiny yellow bus in the morning and not worrying about record keeping, book return dates, extracurricular activities, and curriculum choices would be so much easier! Some days, trust me that yellow bus looks pretty darn good!
Unfortunately, when the yellow bus rumbles by my house at 7:15 AM, my monkeys are still sound asleep or just crawling from their beds. I’m still in my pj’s drinking coffee, and no one needs to see that! Guess that’s out of the question. 🙂
Ask any homeschooling parent why we bother, and you will get a different answer. From me, you will probably get a different answer every time you ask. Why? Because the reason changes daily, sometimes several times a day.
The Ever Changing Reasons:
For instance, when I hear of children taking guns, drugs, and knives to school- I homeschool to keep my children safe. I live in the country, where these things “don’t happen”, but they do. This is one extreme.
The other is when my children are sick and would traditionally be kept home. Instead, we get to watch educational videos, play memory work games, math games, explore art, listen to music and reading. We end up covering almost a full day of school even when they are not feeling well. The other extreme.
Two very different reasons, two very different situations.
Most often I homeschool because I truly love every single moment of it.
From the research to correcting the work.
From the trips to the library, aka our second home, to failing at science experiments and learning anyway.
From the flexibility to add in things I feel are important to getting rid of programs that are just not working.
From the freedom to choose what to study, and when to study, to the amount of involvement and say my children get in the matter.Knowing your why is vital to keep you going when things get rough. Click To Tweet
One of the blessings of homeschooling that I am not sure I could live without, now that I have experienced it, is that “magic” moment, have you had one yet? Even if you don’t homeschool, you have probably experienced it.
It’s the “click”, the click when they learn something new and they just get it!
They get so excited, the eyes beam so bright-LOVE IT! That moment is like their first word or first step, so proud! They are so amazed at what they did, all on their own with a little guidance from you. That’s the “magic”!
Because I homeschool, I get to experience these once in a lifetime moments, all the way though.
The first time fractions made sense, after days of frustration, watching video’s, and still not “getting it”. Then “click!” Magic!
The first time they correctly found a country on a map, or learned a new word in a new language, or figured out coding all on their own-click!
Those are the moments that make it worth it, that is my personal why.
And sometimes…I homeschool because that means they get to sleep until noon when needed, or it means we get the park all to ourselves!
Why you homeschool is very important. It’s the foundation and motivation for what you do. It will see you through the dark days and light.
It will also change from time to time. That is why I like to reconsider why I homeschool at the end of each school year.
Take time to consider and write down why you homeschool. Feel free to share below, to encourage others. We love to hear from you!