I was recently asked to write an article on homeschooling for Babiekins Magazine.
Homeschooling is such a broad subject that I had a hard time figuring out what I wanted to write about. But when I was diagnosed with cancer in May, I knew what I wanted, what I needed to write about. That first night I was diagnosed, I shared with you how I thought I only had a limited amount of time left with my children. But that night, the one thing I was most thankful for was our decision to homeschool. Our decision to homeschool had given me the gift of extra quality time with my children that I never would have otherwise had.
The next day I was thankful to hear story after story of people who had survived colon cancer and was extremely grateful to realize that I had not received a death sentence with my diagnosis. And yet, with that terrible night, I was given a gift. I had stared death in the face and was forced to really evaluate what was important in my life. That night gave me the gift of perspective and I realized how important quality time was to me.
So today I am sharing the article I wrote for Babiekins Magazine on why we chose to homeschool and a simple why and how to homeschool written especially for the families who are wanting to homeschool but don’t think they can…
There are many reasons we chose to homeschool our children. The ability to tailor each of our children’s education individually, considering learning readiness, strengths and gender differences and providing for learning that is not “one size fits all”. The reason of freedom; allowing them a wild and free childhood, with many hours outdoors free from homework and learning free of stress, and to provide for an environment free from bullying, peer pressure and comparing. Among the many valuable reasons we chose to homeschool, more time with my children is the reason I treasure the most. Time is one word that captures all of the reasons for homeschooling our children. Homeschooling has the amazing ability of slowing time.
Time. We all want more of it; there never seems to be enough. Always there is this rushing to get everything done and our children grow up before our eyes. I hear so often from older mothers, “Enjoy these years, because they are gone before you know it.” Homeschooling stops the rush and slows time.
Children nowadays have about 180 school days a year and are in school an average of 6 hours a day. That adds up to a total of, at the very least, 1080 hours a year that they are away from home and their family during the happiest hours of their day. Most come home tired and cranky with homework yet to do and lessons still to practice, and family time is given the “leftovers” of everyone’s day.
The rest of the article is on Babiekins Magazine site. You can read more here… to find out how to homeschool simply.