Homeschooling is more than just an educational choice. Choosing to homeschool is choosing to embrace the homeschool lifestyle. When you choose to homeschool you are choosing so much for your family. You are choosing to make learning a lifestyle, to incorporate it into every aspect of your life.
People choose to homeschool for many different reasons, but for the most part, homeschoolers value education highly and want the best possible education for their child.
If you have made the choice you are taking on a great responsibility, but one that comes with many rewards.
You are choosing a Life of Intentionality:
You are choosing to be intentional about so many different things. The books you choose the toys you buy, the movies or documentaries you watch.
Homeschooling demands that you make choices intentionally. It demands the intentional use of your time. You have to make choices about what you want to spend your time on and what can wait till later or perhaps really doesn’t matter that much at all.
There are so many fabulous curriculums and programs available to homeschoolers that it is easy to become overwhelmed. Don’t let it. Choose to live intentionally. Understand that homeschooling is about making choices and learning from each and every choice we make. The curriculum we choose may not work for every child and that’s ok, which leads me to my next point:
Homeschool Lifestyle is a choice to be Flexible:
There is no other educational option that provides you so much flexibility as homeschooling. This flexibility can be a great privilege as well as a great source of stress depending on your personality.
I started my homeschool journey with very little flexibility and a very rigid schedule. By the end of that school year, I was a nervous wreck and had no idea how I was going to school another child manage the toddlers and house all while maintaining some semblance of my sanity.
Looking back I believe the key to my homeschool survival and success was and is flexibility. That doesn’t mean we don’t have routines, in fact, my children thrive on routines. What it does mean is that I change my curriculum if it is not working for a particular child. It means I can adapt what we are learning to my child’s individual learning style. I can take time off throughout the year for special projects or field trips. If my children are interested in taking lessons of any kind we are not just limited to the after school time slots. We can pack up our school books and do school on a road trip if we want. The freedom homeschooling offers is unparalleled.
Homeschool Lifestyle is a choice to be together, day in and day out:
Choosing to homeschool is choosing to learn to live with others because you are together all day every day, there is no escape. You are forced to learn to adapt to others or you will be miserable. Your interactions are with people of all ages and personalities.
Dealing with the noise and mess is an essential part of survival. You will be forced to grow. You will learn what truly matters and what really isn’t worth fussing about. Respect for each other as persons is a must, and that will mean something different for each of you. This is the most amazing relationship training ground you will ever come across.
Homeschool Lifestyle is a choice to make learning a priority:
If you choose to homeschool you choose to make learning a priority. You might have family read aloud time or watch educational movies. Your choice of toys and books will center around awakening your child’s curiosity about the world around them. You choose to explore and learn together. You choose to go to art museums, live theater, symphony concerts, nature hikes, camping or to spend all day exploring the creek!
Please do not misunderstand me, I know a great many families who do not homeschool and have made learning a priority. The difference as I see it is that those who do not homeschool have to be very intentional about making learning a priority while those who homeschool really have no choice.
Homeschooling is a lifestyle choice. It’s a lifestyle I have dearly come to love and wouldn’t trade for anything. Does it seem like a lifestyle that might appeal to you or your family?
If you have any questions or concerns about your homeschool journey feel free to ask in the comments below and I will be happy to help if I can.
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