We are very blessed to have been able to homeschool our boys from the start. Though it has been difficult living on one wage and we have had to sacrifice personal time, the advantages really outweigh this and we have loved every minute of how close we have been able to come as a family.
As homeschooling becomes more acceptable in society, it is also becoming increasingly popular due to the many benefits it provides. Here are 5 reasons why we are very grateful to be living in a country that accepts homeschooling and allows you to take the step to education your own children.
The Flexibility of Homeschooling– Sometimes life can get in the way and things don’t always work out as we had planned, so you need to have some sort of flexibility. Whether it be moving, travelling, health issues or different work hours, we are privileged to be able to adjust our homeschooling schedule to suit our daily routine. We love that hubby is able to spend time with the boys in the morning or late in the afternoon, depending on what shift he is on, and we complete more of the written ‘schoolwork’ while hubby is at work.
Spending Time Together as a Family – As I spoke of above in flexibility, we are able to spend more time as a family and build really good relationships with each other. Time seems to go really fast and with homeschooling you aren’t missing out on all the hours the kids spend at school. My husband and I are able to spend more time with our boys watching them grow and learn together. Hubby’s work hours mean that we are able to spend more time together playing games, taking field trips and reading the Bible.
The Freedom of Making Choices – The freedom to be able to homeschool your children is amazing. The problems involving schools are increasing and making news more these days, so to be able to choose the best way to educate our boys is great. I also appreciate the freedom of choosing the best curriculum for our boys and the freedom of delivering it in a way that they will be able to understand it.
Homeschooling also offers our boys the freedom to pursue their passions. They each have their own uniques interests and with the nature of homeschooling, we are able to allocate plenty of time for them to spend time following their interests.
Having Fun While Learning– Homeschooling means that learning can be fun all the time. You can use shells at the beach to learn math sums, use baking to learn fractions, go for a walk and learn about nature. The fun activities are endless. All you need to do is think out of the box.
Sharing our Faith – Another great benefit of homeschooling is having the opportunity to share our faith with our boys. Keeping God at the centre of our house is the most important thing to us and being able to share that with our boys is completely amazing. The way He looks after us truly is unbelievable. We love seeing our boys grow in their faith and want to know and learn more every day.
Yes, as I said before, living on one income is hard, sacrificing personal time is hard, but, as the Bible says in Proverbs 22:6: ‘Train up your child in the way they should go..’ This is what we are trying our best to do.
We are very grateful for homeschooling and the time we are able to spend together as a family, growing and learning together.