Why we homeschool….

Whenever we tell someone we home school, one of the first questions we get is “Why?”   They expect us to come up with one simple reason to a very well thought out decision.

The whole concept was new to us.  My husband and I were not homeschooled as children.  We didn’t know anyone who was homeschooled or anyone who homeschooled their children.  We were unaware of struggles that other parents had gone through to make homeschooling a right to parents.   We didn’t know where to start!

The idea of homeschooling started as a whisper inside me one day and I spoke it out loud to my husband.  We read all the information we could get our hands on. The more we thought and prayed about it the more we knew it was for us, even though the task was daunting.

So in the end it was not one reason that brought us to the decision but a long list of reasons… 

 

  • Learning positive and useful social interactions like relating to people of all ages and not just their immediate age.
  • Learning what is right and not what is politically acceptable.
  • Learning to be compassionate not judgmental.
  • Learning at their pace and not the pace of 30 other children.
  • Learning in their style that works for them.
  • Learning in a comfortable, safe environment.
  • Learning to take responsibility for their education.
  • Learning without the distraction of being “cool”, being bullied and the need to fit in.
  • Homeschooled children excel and are being sought out by Universities now, including Harvard.
  • Being able to take advantage of the many homeschooling programs available.
  • The idea of creating an education portfolio rather than just earning test scores.

 

Along with the reasons listed above, we knew that God should be in every part of our children’s lives, especially in their education.  He has called us and has given us the abilities to raise and teach our children and that is what we are doing.  It’s not always easy – my life is a balancing act but it’s helped me to trust God and allow his grace to work in me.  It’s exercised my patience, it’s developed my self control and it given me ample opportunity to practice kindness instead of frustration. 

It’s also developed in me a deep love and appreciation for my children.  I enjoy their company and I’m so grateful that I get to spend so much time with them and being able to watch them learn and grow is one of the most amazing blessings in my life. 

Field Trips…

One of the things I really LOVE about home schooling is that we get to go on field trips whenever we want!  One of my favourite places to go with the kids is the Boston Children’s Museum.  It’s very hands on and the kids love it!

 

Great climbing for the kids!
Landing the plane.
A little break dancing…not sure where she learned to do that!
Swallowed up by a bubble.

 

One Monday every month the Boston Children’s Museum hosts a HomeSchool Meet and Play.   The next one will be this coming Monday, February 27 at 11:00am.  We’d love you to join us in Countdown to Kindergarten for HomeSchool Meet and Play!

If you’ve never been to the Boston Children’s Museum, I strongly recommend it.  Not only do the children love it, I’m pretty sure most of the parent’s do too.

 

I’m thankful that I am able to share so many moments like these with my children!

Homeschooling…

I have been homeschooling my children for almost 2 years now.   The Little Professor started with Grade 1 and is now finishing Grade 2.   The Mighty Princess is doing Kindergarten.  It’s fun and we have a good routine going.

 

A little information about our home school:

  • We use the ACE Curriculum – Mummy adds some of her own stuff to keep it fun and exciting
  • Pace work hours are 8am – 2pm – unless something fun comes up, then we just work around that
  • Life schooling hours are 24/7 – we try to turn everything we do into a learning experience
  • Everyone who attends our school has to do it with a happy heart – some mornings that takes a little encouragement
  • Our goal is to take our schooling on the road as much as possible – to get some hands on learning

 

 

Even the Milk Monkey joins us for school.  He’s learning about physics as he drops his toys to the floor.

Teaching my children is inspiring. It’s amazing watching their little brains expand with knowledge!

My children…my life…

It’s taken me a long time to start this blog, partly because of the wild, craziness I call my life, but mostly because I just wasn’t sure how to begin.  I’ve decided the best way is to introduce myself.

 

I’m 38 (wow, that seems so old when I write it out!), and married with 3 young children…

 

The Little Professor (age 6):  My first born, my kind heart, my little gentleman.  He paves the way for his younger siblings and forgives my errors in uncharted parenting. He is my sunshine!  He amazes me with his sponge like abilities for knowledge.  His goal: to be a marine biologist.

 

 

The Mighty Princess (age 4): So strong, so stubborn, so beautiful, she’s my wild child.  She adores her brother and often patiently lives in his shadow but when she emerges she shines.  She’s a natural born leader but will gladly follow if it leads to something good.  She’s opinionated, and her own little girl. She’s smart and she has never encountered a problem she couldn’t solve. Her smile is radiant and her love is honey, she’s my little princess.  Her goal: to be an obstetrician and to get our pet cat to love her.

 

 

The Milk Monkey (age 9 months): My baby, my hungry little guy.  My 9 and a half pound preemie and still growing fast! So calm and content and perfect.  I’m enjoying the journey as his personality blooms.  His goal: drink as much milk as he can.

 

My children are my life and I don’t just mean that in the whimsical way, I mean it in the literal way.  From morning to night and even to the next morning, I am with my children, loving them, feeding them, changing them, teaching them, hopefully inspiring them to be the best they can be.  In a week of 168 hours, I am usually within 20 feet of them for 160.  I love it, I wouldn’t want it to be any other way.  There are definitely times when my patience is tested, but even if my children went to a school or I went to an office, I would still have those challenging moments.

 

My children are my blessings from God and I thank Him every day for them!