When we first started homeschooling, I knew there would be some perks. For instance, I have an electric pencil sharpener and laminator. How could I not, being a homeschool mom? However, the unexpected blessings of being a homeschool family, which we have experienced are more of why we keep doing what we are doing.
The Unexpected Blessings Of Being A Homeschool Family
Now, I want to start with I get that homeschooling is not for everyone. I honestly feel it is a calling. With that, this post is not to put other school choices down, but to highlight what we do and why we do it.
Oh My Word. I honestly do not know how moms that must get their kids on a bus or to a school drop off line when the roosters are just starting to crow, do it. Seriously. My kids do Vacation Bible School one week a year, and it takes all I can muster up to get them there at NINE on-time every day for a week. To do that daily, would require copious amounts of coffee. I mentioned to my husband once if we should start making the kids use their alarm clocks and his response was, “They have the rest of their life to wake up to an alarm clock, don’t rush it.” PREACH!
Also, we have more time in our day for exploring and adventure. Sure, we get our “work” done, but it doesn’t take nearly as long as a school day for most. Our time, when we are doing school, is focused. This also means that there is no homework that needs to be completed in the evening. Hallelujah! Our afternoons are filled with reading (for fun), field trips, and extra-curricular activities.
Time = Relationships
Another benefit of the time we gain, and the most valuable, is the time we have together. Yes, I am with my kids ALL DAY LONG, and although not always easy for this introverted Mama, I couldn’t fathom it any other way. It is a joy that I can see them flourish, to see my new reader eagerly pick out books at the library and bring them home and read them. It also is a joy, that when they are frustrated that they don’t understand the math lesson, that I am the one that gets to walk them through it and help them to understand it. Now, I’m not sure what we will do when the problems get harder than long division…
The time we have together is not always joyous. Believe me. All of us (me included) get sent to our rooms occasionally; however, I know that the investment of time I am putting into them, and the time that they are all putting in with each other is forming lasting bonds. Is it not too much to ask my four kids to grow up and be the Braverman’s? The notes below are from a few years ago, but I treasure them. Not only do I love homeschooling, but my kids are thankful to be homeschooled.
Lastly, it is wonderful not to be restricted by a school calendar. We take our vacations when they fit with our family schedule. Additionally, when we have visitors, we can pause school for a couple of days, and it is not that big of a deal. Sure, my kids will be doing some school over the summer – but that is by choice (mine – not theirs). I could not imagine having a cold start in September. No thank-you! Keep those wheels turning!
I love having the freedom to explore different curriculum and choosing what works best for each of my kids. Two years ago, as much as I liked the math curriculum we were using, I realized it was not working with my kids. So, guess what – I switched it! Gasp! This past January, I realized I wanted to study US geography more, so I decided to spend some more time on that. I tabled our Ancient Rome study, and we studied the US. The biggy – we study the Bible. Now can you all join me in your best Mel Gibson impersonation… F R E E D O M.
I am only speaking from personal experience… but nothing has quite brought me to my knees as the weight of the responsibility of teaching my kids. I know I cannot do this on my own. It is only by God’s grace and His provision that I can do this. If it were up to me and me alone, I would fail. Thankfully, like I said, I truly believe it is a calling, and He has called me to this. Therefore, he is equipping me for it along the way. I don’t know where our homeschool journey will be in 2 years, or 5 years, but I know wherever it goes, He will lead.
Two years ago, around this time of year, I went on a Women’s Retreat. I remember at that time; I was in a funk and feeling like, “I can’t do this,” and “I’m no good at this thing.” It was during an afternoon of prayer during the retreat that I told God how I was feeling. God quickly told me (not audibly folks, in my heart!) to rise up. That he had called me to this and equipped me for it.
Later that day we did this activity where you had to pick pieces of junk (literally) from a pile and make a paper display of your journey or something that represented your relationship with Jesus. When I got the pieces for my display and saw the “Call Of Duty 4” disc on the junk table, I knew that it was meant for me. God called me to homeschool these four precious children, and in doing so, he was going to equip me. He would give me all the “gear” I needed for this journey of
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