Friday, February 5, 2016

Why I'm Grateful For Homeschooling - 2016 Not Back To School Blog Hop

Here we are, week two of the All Australian Not Back To School Blog Hop. If you missed the first week go back and have a little look around over there first.

This week we are all writing about 'Why We Are Grateful For Homeschooling'. I think I could probably go on for quite some time with this list but I've tried to keep it fairly succinct.

Freedom In Homeschooling

Homeschooling provides a level of freedom that simply does not exist when you have school bells and school terms to work around. Our days, weeks, and months are completely free to do with as we choose. Some of the biggest advantages in this regard is with family holidays. We can choose if we wish to take holidays when they best suit us, the season and the pricing

We also have complete freedom in choosing exactly how education looks like in our home.  This has differed over the years depending on the kids, our family circumstances and any other extra curricular items that may come into play.

Flexibility In Homeschooling 

In some ways flexibility has also been covered under freedom. Although what I will refer to here is the flexibility of our educational path. Because I wholeheartedly trust in this process I can truly allow the kids to work at their own pace. This is not to say that I don't have periods where I freak out, worry, cry and poor my heart out about how much so and so is struggling. Because I have absolutely done all of those things, however when I get over myself and my fears I always come back to trusting the process and trusting the child. And I have to say that this has never failed me, yet!

Whilst we are a curriculum using family I piece together each year exactly what it is my children will use, based on the areas they either need to work on or have an interest in.

I am beyond grateful that I have that level of flexibility. For our family I could think of nothing more stifling to not only the kids learning styles but to my teaching style, than having to work through a prescribed program with not much scope for adding to it or taking some things away. I understand that this works for some families and that's great for them, but they aren't us and this is where flexibility really comes in to play. Each family truly can choose what is best for them.

Family Time With Homeschooling

Clearly this goes without saying. There are so many demands and pressures on all of us today, I couldn't begin to imagine what it would be like for our family if we were all separated for most of the day. I do know for sure that we would barely know each other and for having the gift of time with my children I am truly grateful. And yes even on those days when a completely quiet home and three kids in school seems like a great idea!

Friendships And Homeschooling

Friendships are important for us all but what I am grateful for is the opportunity for my kids to forge solid deep meaningful friendships with people of their choosing and whilst it doesn't always work out that way but when friendships form between the parents also then it's a double win. Our friendship choices are based on people we genuinely enjoy being around, not who we are told we have to be around.

Field Trips Whilst Homeschooling

Seriously we could fill our entire lives with field trips alone and what an amazing education for all of us it would be. But what I'm most grateful for here is in the timing in which we can choose to schedule our field trips. We can and often do take advantage of low season or off peak times for visiting places. This not only saves us money but it generally provides a more relaxed visit due to less people being out and about in general.

Finances And Homeschooling

At the end of the day home educating your kids at home will cost you what you want it to cost you. For us we choose to travel over paying school fees. We know how truly blessed we are to be able to provide this lifestyle for our children but to travel is absolutely the best way to learn about the world we live in.

First Class Education 

My children have the benefit of an education that is tailored to their needs, wants and desires. They have a 1:3 teacher ratio and they often have the experience of participating in classes and workshops where group work is key. They truly have the best of both worlds.


None of these points will be true for all home educators, this is simply my personal thoughts on some of the reasons Why I'm Grateful For Homeschooling.

Keep reading below to see some of the reasons other Australian Homeschoolers are grateful for their opportunity to homeschool.

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Ticia said...

So much yes on flexibility.

Frangipani Bloomfields said...

How interesting that you would name finances in a list of reasons to be grateful for homeschooling. I am so used to seeing it as a negative because of the cost (usually compared to public school) and because of the loss of an income (yet there are many who homeschool while working full time).

It really is what you make of it! Thank you for this new perspective.

Christy Schaefer said...

Yes to all of these, even finances. In our situation, we were in private school first, which makes homeschooling significantly less expensive.

annette @ A net in time said...

good list. love the field trips we take. :)

At Home where life happens said...

An honest list that I fully agree with. While the reasons chosen to home educate are different for each, I feel like I could have written this list.

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