It is transition time in our family homeschool. Alex and Ava had their annual homeschool portfolio evaluation, required by our state, and moved up a grade level. It doesn’t have to happen this way but since we homeschool year-round it seems like a good time to move on to the next grade level. I also sent Audrey’s letter of intent to homeschool in this year. I realized that we officially have three homeschooling children in our home. This is our 6th year homeschooling and we are still loving it for so many reasons!
Homeschooling is a journey. I am enjoying this journey with my kids every single day. Homeschooling provides us freedom in so many ways that simply would not be available if our kids went to school outside of our home. We have the freedom to choose what they learn, when they learn, and how they learn.
The home education handbook in the county we live states:
The parent who assumes responsibility for educating a child at home also has the responsibility for providing curriculum, educational materials and evaluations necessary to determine student progress. The school system does not supply texts, curriculum guides, or educational standards for the home-educated student. –edline.net
Our children’s education is our responsibility and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Family is everything. My husband, their daddy, travels frequently for work. When he is home we can take a break and enjoy our time together as a family. If our kids were in school 6-8 hours a day with homework after they would lose a ton of quality time spent with their daddy. Homeschooling allows us to spend much more quality time together.
I feel that our children have very strong sibling relationships and homeschooling has a lot to do with this. We are together pretty much all of the time. They have such amazing relationships with one another and are learning how to nurture those relationships. Of course, it isn’t always sunshine and lollipops but the wonderful moments outweigh the not so wonderful moments.
We are homeschooling three amazing kids that are very alike and very different in many ways. My son wasn’t ready to read until he was 8 while our youngest is reading at 5. Homeschooling allows us to provide a learning environment that is specific to each child and their individual needs.
Individual sensory needs can be met as well. Our children are able to blossom in our learning environment that I am sure would not be possible in a brick and mortar school setting. I also get to see them learn and grow, I wouldn’t miss that for anything!
Our 6th year homeschooling and we are still loving it!
We love homeschooling. There are days when I love it a bit more or less than others but I will always love it. I can not see a day that we won’t homeschool our children.
Homeschooling can be trying. It can be stressful. It can be loud and messy. Homeschooling can be beautiful. It can be peaceful. It can be full of quiet cuddles. Homeschooling is my life because my family is my life.
I am so grateful that we homeschool. All of the sacrifices that we make so that we can make this happen are totally worth it! I am so excited for the next 6 years, I just really wish they would slow down a bit.
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