There are some days I struggle. Some days it feels like I am failing. Homeschooling is not always having cake and eating it too. Learning is not always easy. It’s not always fun, but there are days that are epic. I mean, I am amazed at how smart children are.
I am dumbfounded at how kids soak up information like a sponge soaking in water… Especially, my oldest kid, the same kid that the public school system said could not write one sentence from the board onto his paper his eight hours.
The kid who could not finish the homework that was sent home in six hours. Six hours of homework every night with this guy, mostly because he did not comprehend the work, because it was shown to him for 15 minutes on that day. Then, the next day would be new skills to “learn”. INSANE! Our reasons to homeschool fall mostly on the fact the public school system will fail some children, like mine and they are much better off at home.
I know some of you are going through this very thing. I feel for you, I do. I fought with the school for three years. I wanted to know why they kept passing him to the next grade, when he had all F’s on his report card and the teacher had nothing but complaints. Why they would not put him on an IEP plan. After three years, you know what their last words were to me were? He’s fine, he’s in THE GREEN.
Public school is all about the data
You know what they were talking about, THE GREEN? The DATA… They constantly made him take tests. It was a daily thing, everything he did was followed by testing.
He was tested more than he was being taught. Believe it or not, he failed those tests, but the DATA, the data said he was in the green and did not have any problems at all. Uhhh, yeah. He doesn’t have problems, the system of education has problems.
If teachers could have more freedom to teach, more space and more supplies to get creative with, they might just be successful. This structured system of putting people in a box, is failing so many. The whole data rape of children is one of the biggest reasons to homeschool my children.
If you are in a similar situation and you are thinking about homeschooling, I am here for you. If you need a friend, reach out to me using the contact page. I have been there. I hope that this post will help you also.
One of the good days…
The other day, one of the boys actually said, “I like learning math this way, it’s fun!” Do you know what we were doing? Playing with legos and talking about pizza. We were learning about fractions and decimals. Oh yes! Man, it made me think if my teachers had the ability to change the way they were trying to teach me, I might just have aced math instead of flunking.
Why homeschooling makes me happy
- I don’t have to answer to the public school system.
- I know my children are not being forced to learn about other religions and being told it is the truth. I think it is smart to study all kinds of things, even other religions, but telling a child what they have to believe when we live in a free country is just wrong. I don’t do that to them either. I tell them what I believe, and teach them about what other people believe, and let them decide on their own. God, after all, did give us the power of choice, right? They should have a choice in what higher power they believe in or if at all. Believe it or not, I think that their faith in God is really strong, because they have chosen to believe in Jesus and it was their choice! 🙂
- NO HOMEWORK!
- I am learning with my children.
- I don’t have to struggle over misunderstood classwork or homework.
- I can homeschool my children in less time and it has a bigger impact!
- When my child has problems learning, there is no middle man to deal with. I don’t worry about what methods someone else would use. If one method does not work, there are many more and we do not have to apply to some board of special learning to get it done, we JUST DO IT! 🙂 I also want to add that we do not need to kill another 46,000 trees filling out forms and such and printing out data to back up the fact that the teacher says there is no problem…(ugg) Save the trees!
- Speaking of learning disabilities the horrid problems the school described and experienced with my child has seemed to almost disappear. The only problem he seems to have is a little slower than others, but fully capable of getting work done, unlike what the school experienced.
- No ugly notes from the school, especially my favorite, you did not sign this, or this needs to be signed. Even though there is no place to sign. Ugg!
- I do not spend 20 minutes to an hour going through backpacks and paperwork, and my favorite killing 43,000 trees each day. However I do still check up on the independent work that my kids have and I do sit and teach my children, but…
- Teaching time is bonding time. We all get to talk about what we think, believe and dream of. It is the best bonding experience since breastfeeding my babies. Life gets busy, especially when both parents are working. There was hardly time for conversation when they were in public school. How terrible!
- I know what my children are eating. Plus, I know that they are not going to school and sitting around for eight hours only eating one meal the entire time from 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM. I know the teachers have us send in snacks every day, but really how much time is devoted to snacks? Not knowing for sure that my kids are getting enough food is a problem for me. They were always “starving” by the time they got home.
- NO.MORE.CANDY.EVERYDAY! Good grief! If I was locked in a room with 30 children all day, the last thing I would give them is sugar of any kind. Not sure how teachers or why they would do this. Sugar every day is no Bueno my friends. Sugary junk is now reserved for every once in a while.
Why do the kids like homeschool?
- No longer the middle man. The teachers or the school wants this or that, but refuses to write it down somewhere or put it on paper and expects your child to relay a message to you. It becomes difficult, especially when they get home from school and are starving because lunch was at 10:30 AM and then they have to focus on hours of homework, etc…
- They are not sitting in a chair for 8-12 hours a day. The time spent sitting is much less, and we are free to spend our learning time anywhere even outside sitting in the grass!
- There are a lot fewer distractions.
- They have more free time. They explore more, and do a lot of free learning because they are curious and want to know how something works!
- Recess happens every day. There is no teacher keeping them from free play because they did not turn in the work in time (or at all). I find that the work gets done every day. There are fewer distractions here, it makes it much easier to get work done. They also get the much-needed one on one help that at times every child needs. Teachers have so many students it is hard to give one on one time.
- They love that they got to make new friends through homeschool.
- Taking field trips is catered to what we would like to do, and not what a student body would like. Plus, the field trips we have are all huge (but fun) learning experiences!
Professionals are always better right?
Before I had kids I always thought that I would homeschool them, but when it came time for school I thought how could I possibly be better than someone who is educated. Professionals are always better right? So I went to work and put the kids in school. I worked my butt off to pay for school stuff and daycare for the little ones.
I thought wrong…
Eventually, I realized that things just were not working for all of my children at school. I was tired of putting up with the BS also! I finally had an epiphany, how could anyone be a better teacher than your own mother. God lent me these children to guide them.
I realized if you want something done RIGHT, do it yourself! It took a little while to talk my husband into it. I surprised the kids with it. They were sad at first to leave their friends and teachers, but that disappeared on the first day!
When they started school at home that day, they were all about it. It was a good feeling. We have been homeschooling for a couple of years now. We are doing fantabulous! If I do say so myself. It is all them though. They are willing and ready to have more knowledge.
I have learned so much, and even the stuff that I remember it is still really cool to read about it again as an adult. My reading for pleasure is always informational. I rarely ever read a fictional book.
If you have questions or need support with your journey into homeschooling, feel free to use the contact page to message me, or you can leave a comment here. Thanks for reading about our journey!
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