Thursday, May 5, 2011

30 for 30 - Benefits of Homeschooling

1. You can sleep in.

2. You [Mom] can learn the things you've always wanted to learn. Didn't have time for Shakespeare when you were in school? Start now! Always wanted to take French but your school only offered Spanish? This is your chance.

3. There's less wasted time (this applies to the children. So much of "regular" school is waiting in line, waiting for the next thing to happen, waiting to leave...)

4. Your children have the chance to see you at your best...

5. ...and your worst. Yes, this is actually a good thing.
6. You can skip the boring parts.

7. You can slow down and savor the good parts.

8. There's lots of time for reading.

9. You realize that everything can be educational: sorting the laundry, a walk around the block, making change at the grocery store...

10. You get to choose the when / where / why / and, most importantly, who, of socializing.

11. You can cuddle up on the couch, the floor, or a bed when you read aloud.

12. Chores can be part of the curriculum.

13. You can kiss the principal whenever you want.
14. You don't have to create bright, eye catching bulletin boards. (This was one of Philip's most hated parts of teaching school.)

15. You can pray out loud and read your Bible throughout the day.

16. You can visit places off season (no lines!) or during the day while everyone else is in school.

17.  You can take a week off. Because of sickness, because of bad (or good) weather, or "just because".
18. There are no threatened budget cuts to art or music classes.

19. You can stay up late to look at the stars or a meteor shower.

20. No embarrassing health class - just candid discussions with mom or dad as necessary.

21. You don't have to wear shoes.

22. Recess is highly encouraged. Dodge ball is permissible. If you have to bathe or shower with someone else, it will be someone who shares the same parents as you.

23. You have time to pursue your own interests, no matter how arcane or engrossing.

24. Bullying is dealt with immediately, whether you're the victim or the perpetrator.

25. If you don't like lunch you can make your own.

26. Naptime doesn't end after Kindergarten.
27. No fundraising - no candy bars, no magazines, no popcorn. No forms that make adults want to hide when they see your child coming.

28. Playing the Wii occasionally counts as Phys. Ed.

29. You (the parent) don't miss anything: cute things they say, funny expressions they make, or that "a-ha!" moment when they figure something out.

30. No homework. In other words, once you get finished with a school day, you do not have to tackle another 3 hours of worksheets, book reports, and projects. When Mom says you're done for the day, you're done! And no terrifying bus ride home, either. And Mom? No carpool lanes.

What can I say? I'm a big fan!

6 comments:

"Gram" said...

Agree 100%. Not much to add either except that I like the flexibility of chucking certain parts of the curriculum I find inappropriate for the student or just plain inappropriate in general.

I'm with Philip. I didn't care much for the busy-work of bulletin boards designing.

Karin said...

Best list in favor of homeschooling I've read!

jugglingpaynes said...

Love your list! Lots of great ones. We've stayed up late for a lot of meteor showers too. And then slept in. :o)

Wmoon said...

This is the best ever list I have seen in a long time. Just being on your schedule and not someone else's is worth it all.


Carol
Homeschooling my girls in New Mexico since they were born.

Angie said...

I love this list! It is a breath of fresh air and encouragement, especially as another year of homeschooling wraps up. Thank you for sharing it!

Angie said...

I love this list! It is a breath of fresh air and encouragement, especially as another year of homeschooling wraps up. Thank you for sharing it!

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