Yes, we homeschool!
I get one of 2 reactions…
WHAT?!?!? You homeschool??? Why would you do something like that ? Is that even legal? Are you insane?!?
oooh that is soooo cool!!! Tell me more!!!
ok, I do get reactions in the middle range but not very often
Yes, it is legal … and yes we actually enjoy homeschooling… and no, we do NOT spend our days at home. And when we are home, no my kids do not watch tv… in fact we don’t even have t.v. , to which I usually get a GASP !!!! no t.v. ??? are you from this planet look (or some people actually come out and verbally ask me that ).
a peak inside my homeschool, art, creativity, reading, and play room …
So what do my kids do all day ??? well, when they don’t have planned class outside the house (such as swimming/ art/ music etc…) or when we don’t have an outing to a museum/ library / theater or other really neat place) they play !!! Yes play; legos and snap ciruits, are 2 of their favorite toys.
My oldest who would only be in grade 2 does curriculum work. This year he has been working on geography of Canada and the world, we have done science, enviromental studies, ethics studies, art, french, italian, cursive writing, lots of math and tons, did I say TONS of reading.
My 5 year old is now learning to read, has started doing math, is learning to tell time, tie his shoes, and loves to color and write me love notes such as this one 🙂
|note from my 5 y.o.|
And my 2 year old … well she loves to do everything ! She copies her brothers and plays pretty much all day . What else should a 2 year old be doing besides playing? She is learning her shapes, colors, numbers and letters along the way all while taking in 3 languages.
the word “it” can be soooo exciting! 😉
So how did I come to this decision?
Well I was pregnant with my first and having already embarked on a ‘crunchy granola’ road long before my pregnancy, homeschooling seemed to just fit right in with my lifestyle. I have say that the first time I did hear about it, my reaction was is this legal? But the more I researched it the more I felt like it was exactly what I wanted to do.
There are many reasons we homeschool , but I will list a few here
I think learning happens every day, all day … and not in a classroom from 9 to 3.
I also feel that kids have a natural desire to want to learn and are naturally curious … and I think school can kill this desire at times .
I think that a classroom with lots of kids is not an ideal learning environment for a child and I like the one to one ration way more.
I believe the world is full of learning opportunities everywhere, from the grocery store to museums to the beach to a hike on a mountain there is always something to learn.
I like that my kids are growing up together , my oldest shows the younger ones stuff he knows, and he reads to them a lot.
I like that my kids interact with all sorts of people and not just kids their own age or teachers.
I like that my kids are getting more time to be kids instead of being pushed to grow up faster (by peer pressure).
I like that they don’t have to worry about what they are wearing while they are reading or doing math or simply being creative.
I like that I don’t need to worry about bullying.
Okay and now a few of my selfish reasons;
I am not tied to a school year calendar and schedule …
I don’t need to wake my kids up to get on a school bus at the crack of dawn …
I get to spend more time with my kids (they grow up way too fast as it is ) …
and I love seeing them learn 🙂
I have some friends who tell me they don’t know how I do it … honestly I don’t know how they do it…either way, raising/educating kids is a lot of work.
Oh and for those who really want to know … we are eclectic homeschoolers
I started a facebook group to network and connect with homeschool families from around the world, so come and join us if you are homeschooling.
And if you homeschool and have a homeschool blog, please share 🙂
see you soon!