So, you are thinking about homeschooling? These days we all know lots of people are. The biggest shift in more people considering it is Covid-19. I don’t know about you, but I am just about sick of this stupid virus. Regardless, maybe you are the person that was already thinking about it and now that Covid is here you are most certainly going to homeschool.
I have wanted to homeschool since before I even had kids. I am a teacher’s kid that was a teacher’s kid. Both my parents were teachers and coaches and both sets of my grandparents were teachers/counselors/some sort of admin role in a school system. It’s been ingrained into me since I can remember. My absolute favorite thing to play at home was Teacher. It’s one of my fondest memories. I loved other toys too, but playing school was the best.
I say all of that so that you know where I am coming from. I come from a long line of teachers. I should want to teach in a public or private school and I have in the past BUT I have also seen the ins and outs of the school system and while the private sector is (in my opinion) much better at caring for the students needs. My choice to homeschool is not wavering. I have prayed so much about it because I do think my kids would love the social aspect of going to a school, but this is something I know I am called to.
With all of that said, here are 10 reasons to homeschool in 2020 (Covid-19 is only one of them).
1. THE OBVIOUS COVID-19: Some of us are in positions where we are still quarantined because of various reasons and it’s actually a necessary choice for us. (For example: my husband had a stem cell transplant in December after his second diagnosis of leukemia and is still immune-suppressed so we really don’t have an option. My kids have actually been quarantined since December and just last week got to see other kids (their cousins) for the first time since then. EIGHT MONTHS!)
2. THE SCHOOL SYSTEM CAN’T MEET YOUR CHILD’S NEEDS: This is a controversial one, because most schools would argue that they can but in our case our daughter is being tested for autism in 2 days and while they can “make necessary arrangements” for her. I believe wholeheartedly that with the help of therapists and doctors, the one-on-one learning that she will get from me outweighs the “arrangements” that can be made for her at school.
3. YOUR CHILD HAS REALLY BEEN STRUGGLING: Teachers do the best they can, but let’s be honest… They have classrooms packed with kids. My last teaching job I only had 6 students and it was wonderful. However, the job I had before that I had 28 students at the peak of the year. TWENTY-EIGHT. It was the hardest teaching job I have had and the sad truth is that it’s not uncommon. It’s actually much more likely than a classroom of 6 or even 10. The one-on-one teaching could benefit your child dramatically.
4. IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE FOREVER: This one piggy backs on the last one. There are many reasons to homeschool for a year or two or just elementary or just high-school. Whatever the case. It doesn’t have to be forever and you can make decisions year by year if that meets your child’s needs better. You aren’t locked into any school choice. Although, I do believe committing to something for the year is best, there are always circumstances that might lead you to change. Just keep in mind that it doesn’t have to be forever.
5. YOU ACTUALLY ARE CAPABLE OF TEACHING YOUR KIDS: I have read so many times and talked with so many moms about them wanting to homeschool, but they feel like they can’t. We have bought the lie that unless you have a teaching degree and certification you must not be able to teach your kids. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Actually, I would say that teaching our kids has never been easier. We have more resources now than we ever have and with the wonderful world wide web, we can quite literally learn about ourselves and teach our kids whatever is required for graduating high-school (and some).
6. VIRTUAL LEARNING IS A THING NOW: When I was in school if you had to do virtual learning it was because you got suspended to many times or it was a horrible situation for you at school. It was looked at as a negative thing and it was a mess for a teacher to try and figure it all out. Well, it’s 2020 and that is no longer the case. People are choosing to do virtual school every single day. The beautiful thing about this is that you are not the primary teacher, but your kids are home with you and you can just be the moderator, so to speak. One of the coolest parts of this is that in a lot of areas this is free as a public school option.
7. HOMESCHOOL KIDS AREN’T ACTUALLY WEIRD. Well, let’s be honest, I would identify myself as a weird person so maybe I am not qualified to write this one, but it’s true. I can’t even tell you how many adults I have met that tell me they were homeschooled and I get excited because they don’t fit that old stereotype of “weird homeschool kid” Honestly, even if you or your kids are weird, you’d all be that way homeschool or public school. Homeschool doesn’t make them weird. I mean, there are weird kids at public schools too, right? Yes! There are! I vote that we all just celebrate our weirdness anyway.
8. YOU ARE CALLED TO IT: I believe that our schooling options should be prayed over and and then prayed over and then prayed over some more. I say this because I was one of those people that definitely wanted to homeschool and then once my daughter was born I felt like I wasn’t capable and started to change my mind. That was an insecurity and when the time came to make the decision my husband and I prayed about it and agreed (with a very real peace about it) that I would homeschool our kids. At least for now, and then we will continue to pray and evaluate where each kid is at as we go and make decisions each year. Again, we aren’t locked into anything.
9. YOU CAN ACTUALLY AFFORD IT: This is another one of those horrible rumors that goes around. “Homeschool curriculum is too expensive and we can’t afford to do it.” I am sorry to burst your bubble, but actually there are more free options now than there have ever been. I will be writing about those in the coming weeks. And for goodness sake, can we just say that if we didn’t spend money at Target every single time we went or if we’d give up a Starbucks every once in a while we actually could afford to budget for curriculum or curriculum resources. There is this myth that they are outrageously priced (and some are) but there are good quality ones that could fit into just about any budget. I would be willing to bet you could sell a few things on fb marketplace and make enough to completely pay for your kids’ curriculum if you chose to buy one. But just so you heard me a second ago… You don’t have to buy anything!
10. YOU WANT TO SPEND TIME WITH YOUR KIDS: I fit into this category, for sure! I am an introvert and I like my alone time, don’t get me wrong. But I really do love spending time with my kids. I want to build strong bonds with them and I want to be the influence in their lives (although some days I have to ask God’s grace and mercy because being the mom of two 2-year-olds and a 4-year old is hard and I lose my mind sometimes). Nevertheless, I love being with them and I absolutely love watching as they learn new things. My kids are all very expressive and when things click in their little minds I can almost see it happening by their body language.
Okay, I said 10, but actually I have 11…
11. YOUR SCHEDULE, NOT THE GOVERNMENTS: When I plan out our school year I make sure and plan out the breaks I want to take. I take all public school holidays into consideration and then I also plan our family vacation, a kindness week, and a rest week. The rest week is for my kids to stop everything and just be still. I think it is so important. I know that some people are wired different than I am, but I am one of those people that can not function without some still, quiet, alone time. This is a week that we will focus on resting in Jesus and being still before Him. No matter what you want to plan to take off, you can. And in emergencies (like a husband having a second diagnosis of cancer and having to spend 2+ months in the hospital, homeschool can be paused or rearranged).
What are your reasons for homeschooling? Or reasons that you are considering it? I would love to know!
Happy Decision Making!
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