29 April 2010

What I Love About Homeschooling

I received this in an email today and thought I'd make a post about it.
The list was a bit shorter (not much though) until I got hold of it and added a few of my own thoughts!!

What I love about homeschooling

I could...
Send them to school and from 8:00 to 3:00 and have no clue...

How many times they laughed
How many times they learned something and what they learned
How many times they questioned
How many times they understood
How many times they wanted more information and couldn't get it because class was over or teacher was too busy
How many times they bounced up and down from excitement over something new they learned
How many times they were proud over an accomplishment
How many times they wanted to cry and be hugged but couldn't be
How many times they wanted to pray and couldn't
How many times I would miss out on a hug
How many smiles I would miss
How many cuddle times I would miss

I could send them to school....
And in only 20 minutes a day they could soak up the sun
Eat highly processed food for lunch
and if they're lucky, finish off the lunch before someone says lunch is over
let them be bullied on the playground
allow them to be told how, when, what they can draw, read and write rather than being able to use their own imaginations
They would miss their hours of picking dandelions and playing in our yard...
And I would miss the bouquets they create for me
I would miss our picnics and walks in the woods

I could send them to school...
And let others have the best of my children's hours of each day
Allow others to instill their values in them rather than our values
Promote peer dependence
Promote socialism rather than individualism
Be led to believe that two mommies are better than one~that may be true for bowls of ice cream but not for mom's and dad's

By no means would I consider this list "exhaustive", at least not for me. I could go on but I encourage you to grab it up and add to or delete from it. Whatever suits you!


Anonymous said...

Interesting. Homeschooling certainly is a different kind of life. My life growing up was way different than the ones my children know. A whole other world you could say. I love it too!


The Valentine's said...

Don't you wish you could hand this out to everyone who questions what you do?! LOL. I love it!

Cinnamon said...

What a great post and so true!!


Ruby said...

Boggles the mind to imagine filling in twenty plus years in this empty way, doesn't it. Great thoughts, Tricia!

Mom of the Hillians said...

I love it!

Brittney said...

Not sure why, but this brought tears to my eyes. I love having my kids home for the same reasons. We are blessed beyond measure...and so are they...even if they don't know it yet! ;o)

Thanks for sharing.

Kathy@theshebearofeleven said...

I have fond memories of sitting around the dining room table where we worked on lessons, it was cold outside, we were warm and together. A child on my lap reading to me, the rest intent on their work and I was feeling sorry for my friend who's child was in school and not on her lap.

dggp said...

Very well written. Every word is so true. I too wonder what they would be doing all day away from me. What they're learning, both is manners and in academics. Scary thought for sure.

Anonymous said...

Great post. Lots of great comments to go with it.


busymomof10 said...

great post! I loved the list! so true!!!!