11. Reasons Why We Homeschool Our Kids

by | Jan 13, 2019 | Homeschooling | 0 comments

I think that everyone is different. There is no one right way of educating your children. What works for one doesn’t for other.

Find out our reasons for choosing home education for our boys:

 

1. Private Approach

2. Freedom

3. Individuality

4. No “Labels”

5. Family Values

6. Lifelong Learning

7. Stress Free Mornings

8. Learning Lifeskills

9. Timesaver

10. Creative Thinking

11. Flexibility

1. Private Approach

Educating your kids at home gives them the most private approach possible, unless you have 20 kids, but then the oldest ones are helping out with teaching younger ones anyway.

2. Freedom

Me and my husband, we work from home and we enjoy our freedom to choose when and where we do our work. We love to visit kids granny in countryside, we love to take a long weekends and travel with our motor-home. But all of this is possible only if our kids are not attending school Monday to Friday. Of course we are still educating our kids while we are traveling and visiting friends and relatives. It takes strong will and quite a bit or preparations but it is doable and very enjoyable.

3. Individuality

Every kid is different, so he or she needs individual learning plans, approaches.etc. I have 3 sons, so far I can say that both of the older ones require a different approach. Even thou they are very alike they are totally different. So I have to go through a lot of approaches to find the one that suits best for each of them. And I just know that it is absolutely impossible for any school or teacher to put so much attention or energy into one pupil. And anyway – only parents can have their kids best interest at heart, because schools and teachers have to follow guidelines and regulations and reputations.

4. No “Labels”

My boys are very smart but they are active learners. They learn buy doing, so long talks from teachers are just boring for them. At that age of 3 and 5 they were being labeled by teacher as a “bad kids”. For only reason that frontal teaching approach was not working for them, as they can’t hold attention for more that 10 minutes listening to teacher just talking. ( They could hold attention for 40-50 minutes when actually working on something).

5. Family Values

Just think about this – you give birth to your child and then 2 years later you give him/her away to kindergarten and then school. Your child is watched over, and impacted by strangers . Your kids learn strangers values instead of family values. Kids learn that parents are just some kind of combination of delivery boy + cash machine + washing machine + cleaner. They turn for advice to their teachers and peers, they open up to them not to their parents. It’s clear why – school kids spend at most 2-3 hours of day with their family. If only I could show you the surprise in my boys face when he was 6 and we had our first lesson with Montessori cards. He was so surprised – he said something along with lines of “Mommy, You know how to use these, too? You are just as smart as a teacher?” That just tells you quite a story, doesn’t it?

6. Lifelong Learning

We want to show by our example and we want to teach our kids that we need to learn all our lives. Not just until Xmas, not just until summer, and then the life begins. No! You have to learn all your life. You have to evolve. When you stop learning – you start dying. I’m afraid no school can teach you that. Its only possible in home education.

7. Stress Free Morning

Morning is the most important part of the day – if you are stressed out in your morning – it’s highly likely that your day will be stressed out too. When you are stressed your brain can’t learn and remember new information.

8. Learning Life Skills

Growing up with parents and taking part in our daily activities – cooking, cleaning, keeping our house tidy, working in your garden, going shopping, going to the bank, doing online banking, dealing with your clients, telling about your businesses – it all teaches kids valid life skills. They observe us and help us and work with us. and at the age of 18 they know how to take care of themselves and their surroundings. How can school teach this?

9. Timesaver

Teaching kids at home, actually saves time – it takes so much less to learn at home, if you compare to traditional schools. With all the breaks, calming down, greeting teachers, writing down the homework etc, kids have 20 minutes left from those 40 that are dedicated to each lesson at schools. At the end of the day, home schooled children have more time to engage in their most favorite activities – be it singing, drawing, robotics or swimming.

10. Creative Thinking

School teaches you to be quiet and do what you are told. Speak only when spoken to. Sit still. Do everything in one way. But at home kids can ask how many questions necessary. I can look for ways to explain something until I’am sure my child understands. I can ask kids to look for creative ways to solve problems.

11. Flexibility

Spending their days at home, our boys see that every day is not the same. Yes, there is a schedule for the day, but if one of us is sick, or needs more attention, we will adapt and change our schedule. What better way to teach children that sometimes things change and its OK?

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