- Time together. I really value our family time together, and the time our children have with one another. I can't imagine them being in separate classes all day, every day. I love that they are such good friends to one another and that they aren't separated by age all the time.
|Juniper reading to Kale|
- Time to do what they love: So much time at school is wasted time, spent waiting in line, waiting for all of the students to turn to page 28, waiting for everyone to clean up, etc. At home there is plenty of time to get our lessons done, and still have time for bike riding, sledding, fort building, tea parties, whittling, and day dreaming. And often our lessons can be combined with what they love (even better!)
|Sledding with friends|
- Lessons planned for their particular learning styles.
|Acting out a story for ancient history|
- Real socialization, in real social settings, with people of all ages, lifestyles and backgrounds.
|Touring our local radio station|
- Freedom to explore topics of interest for as long (or as short) as necessary.
|Wylie's gourd banjo|
- Outside time, whenever we want, exploring and learning from nature. This is huge for me. I cannot imagine my children staying indoors all day, each day, except for one short recess. I can hardly believe I did it myself.
These are just some of the reasons we homeschool. I realize every family is different, and many families have their own very different reasons. Also not everyone wants to, or has the opportunity to homeschool. But, this is what works for us, and so far it's a good time.
* By "at home" I mean "not at school"--plenty of days we are not at home either!