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Hey homeschooling family! How is everyone doing? We are doing great. We took a short break from school to enjoy this amazing snow we got! Yes, I am one of those people who LOVE the snow and the cold. Today we got back into learning and as my son eats his lunch, I got to thinking about why I wanted to homeschool in the first place. I am going to be 100% real and truthful and my views may not be others views and that is okay. We all have our reasons of doing the things we do.
I have three children. I knew that I didn't want any of my kids to attend brick and mortar school. There were several reasons why, like I had a terrible school experience with bullying and I didn't want my kids to go through that. Especially, since bullying these days is not the same as when I was in school. When I was in school, it was all about fist fighting and going about your day. Now, many kids are killing other students and even themselves. So that was one of the major reasons why I wanted to homeschool.
Now my next reason, is a bit delicate and I really don't want to get into a debate about it, remember this is my reason and my reason may not be your reason. With all the talk about teachers and other school faculty having inappropriate relationships with their students really hit me hard. I just didn't want to take the chance. So I will leave it at that and move on.
Another reason is because I wanted to be part of my children's education. I wanted to experience their reactions when they finally got something and share in the excitement. No matter how old my kids are, I still am amazed on how quickly they get something and how proud they are of themselves.
So right there are the main reasons why I wanted to homeschool. Now the tough part was I didn't really feel at the time (2009), that I could teach my kid and I really couldn't afford the materials. So we decided to do online school. It is 2019 and all three of my kids are still attending online school. Two of them have been with the same school since the beginning and last year I switched my son to a different online school that better suited his learning needs.
I know what you are thinking, "Online school isn't homeschool", I agree and disagree with that statement. Yes, my kids have to go by the state standards and learn common core and take those pesky state tests. But, I also have the freedom to teach the way I think my kids should taught. Like for an example, I was explaining to my daughter who was struggling with her math work, that just because someone wrote the book doesn't mean that is the only way to learn the material. Everyone has a different learning style and there are other ways to learn the material. (side note: I don't stress about the state tests, I just tell my kids to do their best)
The great thing for me, especially with my 2nd grader is that I can create fun games and worksheets to supplement the stuff that he is working on in his online school. I feel that the online school gives me a good start and I just run with it.
Sorry about how long this post was, I sometimes ramble.,, :) I am curious on why you wanted to homeschool, regardless if you traditionally homeschool or use an online public school, let me know why in the comments!
My name is Robin. I am a homeschooling mom of three and I just love to find ways to make learning fun. I am so excited to share my ideas with you. I try to make my ideas as inexpensive as possible. Most of the items I use are things that are around most houses and if you have a printer and ink you are all set. Please feel free to use these ideas in your own learning adventure with your children.