Thursday, June 11, 2009

No Really, I Do

The other day, someone asked me: You homeschool all your kids?
Well, no, I only homeschool the ones who are school-age, but that's not what he meant. I responded: Yes, and I love it!
He questioned: Are you being sarcastic?

The truth is, I really do love homeschooling my children.

I love that I get to choose what they learn and how they learn it. My kids don't have to learn using dry textbooks; they can learn by reading books written by authors passionate about their subject.

I love that they are getting a 1:1 education (ok 1:4, but what school do you know, public or private, that offers that?) I am initimately aware of how they, as individuals, learn and I am able to tailor their education to benefit them most.

I love seeing the close relationship my kids have as a result of spending so much time together.

I love reading the Bible to them every day and hearing the question they ask. I love that I don't miss any of these things while they're away at school.

I love that when someone asks my kids how they are doing in school, their answer isn't a letter grade, reflecting the things they didn't figure out. I don't grade anything. They do the work until they get it all right.

I love that I get to learn so much history, geography, science, and read such great literature while teaching my kids. I love the education I'm getting.


paisley said...

I love what you wrote. Most people I talk with tell me that they really don't enjoy spending time with their kids that much. I'll admit, I have my days. . . but most of the time, I can honestly say that I truly love hanging out with my kids. If I were to send them to school, *I* would be the one missing out on all their wonderful questions, personalities and fun!
Thanks for sharing! Blessings, paisley

Missy said...

I've never graded anything either and we always just kept working until they mastered things (or close). I know you've graduated one, so how did you do that in high school where you have to assign grades for transcripts?

A Mama Story said...

Totally agree 100%. I actually, genuinely love to homeschool my children for all of these reasons as well! In fact, I think I'm just gonna quote ya over on my blog because you really did hit so many good points.

MommaofMany said...

I can't understand when people say that they couldn't stand to be around their kids all day. Can you imagine what that comment does to their little souls?

I ENJOY being with my kids, seeing them grow, learn, experience and serve. You are such a good writer. You always express so well what I can only feel. :)

debhmom3 said...

So well written. I just love everything about homeschooling. In fact, I only have one child today and I feel kinda sad and lost. :) I kind of laugh at people who think people shouldn't be able to homeschool because we don't know EVERYTHING. Ha! Like any teacher does! I love learning right along with my kids. Although, I think they are going to be smarter than me in the end!

Faith said...

Couldn't agree with you more my friend. :)

Graceful Threads said...

Love it too Gin...