I’ve spent a lot of time this week thinking about what our life would be like if we didn’t homeschool. How would that change our family dynamic? What things would I say goodbye to? Are there things I would miss more than others? As I’ve done this I have found 10 things homeschoolers take for granted in their day to day life.
10 Things Homeschoolers Take for Granted
This isn’t an exhaustive list and I am sure there are some that will need to be added. However, these are the ones that I thought of.
I love that my son will randomly run up and hug me. He’s so sweet about snuggling up on the couch with me or just randomly running in to tell me he loves me. I think I would miss this the most. I just adore the sweet gentleness of my little guy running up to me randomly throughout the day. I think as homeschool moms we can get so caught up in the teaching and day to day we forget how sweet and fleeting these little moments are.
The Aha Moments
Do you know what an aha moment is? It’s that moment when something you have been working hard to teach finally clicks. As homeschool moms, we get the front row seat for those moments. There is something so magical about watching the world come alive for your child when they realize they can read. It’s absolutely exhilarating when they overcome a serious learning struggle and make a breakthrough!
I absolutely love reading aloud to my kids! We have read thru some of my favorites together and it’s just so incredible to take that adventure together. We’ve journeyed into the chamber of secrets with Harry Potter. There have been countless conversations about silly words as we read The BFG. We even survived the Hunger Games together. There is just something so special about spending that time together and sharing an incredible story.
Less Crowded Places
Who wants to go to the park when it is packed with a million kids? It’s so much more fun to have free reign with a group of your homeschool friends. I love the theme parks when it’s school time because it is less crowded and we have more fun there. There are just so many places you can enjoy when the rest of the world is at school or work. When I think of not homeschooling, all I can picture are 1000 crowded playgrounds, parks, and lines.
I don’t know about you, but I learn alongside my kids. I am always learning new things in order to better teach them or as we research them together. I absolutely adore this as it keeps me from being stagnant. I was a high school drop out. I actually got my GED at 17 so there is a lot that I didn’t learn about. I love learning different things from History to Science that I didn’t get the chance to learn when I was younger.
Before I get your email, I know not all moms get to sleep in. I know that up until last year my kids thought wake up time was six in the morning no matter what. That said, now they sleep in until seven or eight. I’m often up late working on projects for this blog. That extra sleep in the morning is beautiful. I can either sleep in or get some quiet time before they start their day.
Most homeschool kids will hang out with kids from all different ages. They learn to hold a conversation with a grocery store clerk, the post person, a friend’s toddlers, or the teens in their homeschool group. They are not restricted to a group of their peers for the day. Instead, they are able to learn different relationships and work better with people of all ages. This can be great for their futures.
Because homeschoolers aren’t on a strict school schedule there is room to explore a lot more. They are able to take on extra classes or activities their peers may not have the time for. This could mean that a gymnast has more time to train or a writer can pick up a community college writing course. When the schedule is flexible there are countless opportunities.
You don’t have to clear it with anyone if you decide to take a few days off of school. Want to take a vacation? You have that freedom as you decide the schedule. I have loved the freedom to spend the day building Legos with my son or researching cheetahs with my daughter because she asks questions. This freedom is limited a great deal when you are no longer homeschooling.
Lead the Conversation
There are many hard conversations to have with your children as they get older. These conversations could be about sex, religion, or countless other sensitive subjects. While you can’t always prevent friends from talking about these items with your kids, you get to lead the conversation. It gives you the opportunity to give your children an honest peek into your view on some of these items before hearing about them from their peers.
What do you take for granted in your homeschool journey?
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