Our 6th Year Homeschooling…Still Loving It!

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!

Our 6th year homeschooling and we are still loving it!

Freedom

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

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.

Family Homeschooling

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.

Individual Needs

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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7 thoughts on “Our 6th Year Homeschooling…Still Loving It!

  1. Congratulations, Angela! What a great milestone to celebrate. I was a school teacher once and I’ve always had an admiration for homeschooling families. It takes a lot of work to corral 30 kids in a classroom, but I think it takes an equal (and sometimes greater) strength to educate your children as well. Bravo to you and your efforts. Your children are so lucky to have such a dedicated mom 🙂 Thanks for sharing this on #shinebloghop this week!

    • Angela says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words Maria! I actually went to school to become a teacher I just didn’t know that I would be teaching my own kids. 🙂

  2. Sandra Pitts says:

    What a wonderful blog!! You and Shane are doing a beyond wonderful job!! The love the family has for each other is amazing . Love all of you.

    • Angela says:

      We love you so much and cannot wait to see you! You are such a big part of our family and we are MISSING you <3

  3. Those are three key reasons we love homeschooling, too. I also love being able to instill our faith in our children and talk about the power and wonder of God as we study all our subjects. We would love for you to share your homeschooling milestone at the Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup. http://www.foreverjoyful.net/?p=1189 Congrats!

    • Angela says:

      Homeschooing is awesome Leslie!
      I am excited to check out your linkup this Monday, thank you for the heads up! 🙂

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