When we first made the decision to homeschool six years ago, we were thinking primarily about the quality of education the children were getting. We were no longer “okay” with the standards in the public schools, and the time had come for us to pull them out.
Unbeknownst to us, the education factor was just the tip of the iceberg. As a family we have discovered and experienced innumerable homeschool blessings. As I look back on the years prior, I can’t help but smile. We were clueless as to what we were doing, what we wanted to do, and how on earth we were going to get there. I think it’s safe to say that I’ve finally gotten a good grasp of homeschooling and what it truly means. Below I’ve listed several things (for my encouragement as much as yours) that have truly been unexpected homeschool blessings over the years.
Unexpected Homeschool Blessings
Weaving God’s Word Into Everything
Having the ability and freedom to teach each and every subject with a biblical worldview has impacted my children far beyond any secular curriculum. Showing the children that God is in everything (because He made everything) is really the foundation of our homeschool. If nothing else, I want my children to be able to stand firm in their faith as they become adults.
Truly getting to know my children
Over the first few weeks of homeschooling I learned more about my children and their habits (both good and bad) than I had in previous years. Over the years we’ve all gotten to know each other much better, and with that comes the ability to exist together which less friction. I love that because we are a close knit family, we can depend upon and look to one another when trouble arises.
Maximizing my time with them before they grow up, move on, and start their own lives
Kids spend an average of 943 hours in school each year. Enough said.
Knowing what my children are taking in
Knowing exactly what the kids are being informed (indoctrinated) from their curriculum brings a huge sigh of relief. There is some crazy (untrue/biased/exclusive) stuff to be found within the public school curriculum. Resting assure that they are being fed truth with a biblical worldview is definitely a blessing that comes with homeschooling.
If we decide not to “do school” every now and then, that’s perfectly okay. Maybe it’s just too nice to be inside or we decide to spend the day cooking for the the next couple of weeks as a family. Whatever the case, we can do as we please. We can vacation whenever, go to the zoo or museum while all the other kids are in school (the only time we go), or anything else we feel like doing.
My kids learn life skills first hand
My bigs go with me when I vote. They help with chores, do odd jobs for neighbors and extended family. They know how to balance a checkbook, mow the lawn, wash the car, and care for their younger siblings. All of these things they do/have done during “school hours”.
We have a routine that fits our family~ whatever season we are in
I get up early but the kids usually don’t get up until 7:30 or 8:00. We have breakfast as a family, get ready for the day and then start school. Some seasons we don’t get much of anything done until the babies are down for their afternoon nap. Tuesdays we have an especially light school day because that’s when we go to the market. My point? We do what works for us.
I can tailor their schoolwork to their learning styles
My 7th grader loves to read, so for her and my preschoolers we take a Charlotte Mason approach. My junior is a kinesthetic /auditory learner, so for him it’s a lot of hands-on things and audio books. I can teach my kids with methods that match their individual learning styles.
There are so many blessings that have come from homeschooling. Some days are rough, others are great. But it’s all worth it in the end. What is the greatest blessing you’ve experienced while homeschooling?