Top 5 Reasons I Love Homeschooling!

Today I thought I’d give you my top 5 reasons I love homeschooling. There are so many reasons we chose and continue to educate our children at home — it seems with each passing year our list grows longer and longer. But that doesn’t change the fact that homeschooling is hard — it really is! So today I’m going to be singing the praises of homeschooling in terms of not only it’s benefits, but of all those warm and fuzzy reasons I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Time

I get so much more time with my kids than I would if they went to school — at least 1 000  hours more per year! And since we don’t spend nearly so many hours each day on formal educational pursuits as are in a conventional school day, I get to spend so much time with my kids doing other things!  We have time for tea parties in the afternoons, baking together, discipleship, read alouds, nature hikes, riding bikes, the list goes on and on! The time that we have with our kids is so short — in no time at all they will be all grown up and leaving home. I’m so thankful to be able to maximize that available time and enjoy all the moments of their growing up that I can.

Favourite Reasons to Homeschool: Time with my kiddos for baking!

Sibling Relationships

I’m not the only one who has more time available to spend with my children due to homeschooling — they have more time to spend with each other. While I’m the first to admit that my kids don’t always get along (they fight a lot), I like to think that even when they are fighting and not getting along, they are still building their relationships with one another. I love to watch them playing (nicely) with one another, and the way the older two dote on the baby.

 

Favourite Reasons to Homeschool: Sibling Relationships <3

Filing in My Gaps

My own education is full of gaping holes. These gaps are quite frankly embarrassing, and my children are asking me more questions that I answer with “I don’t know” than I care to admit. But do you know what? I get to dig and find the answers to these question with them! I’m finding it so satisfying to learn world history for the first time at the age of 36 — what other exciting things will I learn in the years to come? I feel so privileged to be able to learn from and with my children!

Favourite Reasons to Homeschool: Filing in the gaps of my own education!

Books. More books.

This may be the very best thing about homeschooling. Seriously. I have been a lover of books ever since I can remember. I love to run my hands over the pages and fan the pages while taking a deep breath. Oups. That was a bit embarrassing, but yes, I love to smell books. It’s no wonder then that our homeschooling style tends toward the classical, literature based approach. We often have up to 100 books on loan from the library (which is the maximum allowed, ask me how I know!) and books are arriving in the mail from homeschool swap groups, Thrift Books, Christian Book Distributors, or Amazon at least monthly. I’m having such a good time reading all the children’s classics with my children that I missed growing up — just last week we read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and I loved every second of it!

Favourite Reasons to Homeschool: Books! Beautiful books!

 

Freedom

I really enjoy the freedom afforded to our family as we homeschool. As homeschoolers in Ontario, we are not required to answer to anyone about our homeschooling methods or implementation. I’m only required to provide “satisfactory instruction” and as such I have liberty in choosing the course of study that is in line with our family’s values and goals.

Homeschooling has also afforded our family the freedom to be free of the confines of anyone else’s schedule but our own — we can go on family vacations during the “school year”, take days off whenever we want/need to, and pursue our own interests during “school hours”. This freedom has also led us to homeschool year round, which gives us even more flexibility in our schedule.

 

 

 

I like to remember all of the many benefits of homeschooling, along with these favourite things to help me through the harder days of homeschooling. What do you consider to be some of the “perks” of homeschooling?

 

 

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9 Comments

  1. Anna Smit

    October 22, 2015 at 7:30 am

    Visiting as a fellow 31 Day writer from the FB share page. Great post and one I’ll have to share with my bf back home (she homeschools 3 of her 4 kids, her youngest is a month old). I’ve heard her mention some of these advantages!

    1. Learning Mama

      October 22, 2015 at 9:53 am

      Thanks for stopping by Anna! Homeschooling with babies and toddlers is quite a challenge!

  2. Amy

    October 25, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    I find myself having to go through reasons like these in my head a lot. We have a couple of really good classical schools in the area, so sometimes I wonder if I’m wasting a great opportunity by not having my kids in one of them. When I really think about it, I can’t get past all of the great pros of homeschooling, like the ones that you have mentioned. No, everything is not perfect and it can be quite challenging some days, but overall I still think it is the best choice for my family! Thanks for sharing why you love homeschooling so much!

    1. Learning Mama

      October 25, 2015 at 7:24 pm

      Oh, I would be SO tempted to send my kids to a classical school if there were one available! As it is, just last week I was perusing the website of a local Christian school and found my thoughts drifting to the what ifs…. and absolutely no mention of the school’s educational model or methods were listed. Then I had a snap back to reality “WHAT ARE YOU THINKING!” moment and carried on with my day 🙂

  3. Annette @ a net in time

    May 13, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    I know, it’s lovely learning with our students isn’t it?
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  4. Megan Russell

    May 14, 2016 at 5:21 am

    I have also learned so much more in the years I’ve been homeschooling my kids than I ever did in public school! And it is such a joy to see my children and their relationships to each other.

  5. Cassandra Holdeman

    May 23, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    I learn something every day from our homeschooling. I am sure much of it is things I took for granted when I was in school, but now am fascinated by it.
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    1. Learning Mama

      May 23, 2016 at 7:23 pm

      I often wonder if what I’m learning now with my children is something I’ve forgotten from my own childhood, or something that was never taught to me at all. Which leads me to wonder how much my own children will remember from their own early learning years LOL!

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