I Never Thought I Could Homeschool, But…

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Why I chose to homeschool

I can’t believe I’m actually saying this, but I have officially decided to homeschool.  I never thought I’d be a homeschooling mom.  In fact, I am pretty sure that I’ve said more than once, “I could NEVER do that” in regards to homeschooling.  And yet, here I am.

The biggest question in your mind must be, “WHY would you homeschool?”.  That is exactly what I thought every time I met a busy homeschooling mom.  Don’t I already have enough things on my plate.  For goodness sake, why would I go and add more.  Why would I give up the 8 hours a day when someone else is responsible for my child?

Why would I choose homeschool?

While there are several reasons why I chose homeschool, I think it all comes down to the fact that I think kids are capable of learning a lot more than we give them credit for.  Beyond that there were several things that I just really wasn’t happy about.

Last year my son came out of kindergarten knowing just about as much, academically, as he went in knowing, but I was fine with that.  He was gaining a lot of important social skills.

This past year my list of  grievances kept piling up. With minimal art, no music, once a week Physical Education, and frequently cancelled recess, my son was just plain bored.  I also really wasn’t happy with the fact that my son was watching non-educational movies at school on a weekly basis.   While I don’t expect my son to be entertained at school, I do expect him to be challenged and his natural desire to learn harnessed.

Here is just one example of our frustrating experiences: One day after reading a new and exciting book for his independent reading homework–a book I picked out for him (because I knew he was capable of reading it) that was more difficult than the books he had been coming home from school with–he came home from school looking a little downcast.  I asked him what was wrong. “My teacher didn’t like that I read a book above my reading level.”  “Hmm, well, did you miss a lot on your test?”  (They are tested on each book they read independently.)  “No. I got a 100%.”  ???? Umm, okay. From then on his teacher made sure he came home with easy “reading level appropriate” books.

My son began the school year so excited for each day, but by the beginning of the second half of the year he was crying every Sunday evening because he didn’t want to go back to school.  It would be one thing if he was having trouble academically, but he was at almost 100% in all of his subjects.  “School is just too long” is how he explained it.  And for him, a kid who learns relatively quickly, 7 hours in a classroom, learning what he can learn in 3 hours, is just too much.  Add to the fact that he was coming home (as a 1st grader) with an hour and a half of homework every night was just unacceptable in my book.

How in the world will I have the time?

“I’m just concerned that you won’t have time.”  I can’t tell you how many times my husband has said this to me.  It is a valid concern.  I am a busy mom.  I am very active in my children’s lives.  I love playing with them. I love taking them places.  I also have a very active toddler who is constantly getting into trouble when not closely supervised.  When I get a chance, and am not too exhausted from everything, I write on my lovely blog. 🙂

Here is the way I see it.  This isn’t about me at all.  I’m a mom.  I chose to be a stay at home mom because I feel like I am the one who can best give my children the things they need to blossom into productive, happy adults.  I feel like any reason I may have not to homeschool is just about me.  What about my time?  What about my blog?  What about having to take 3 crazy boys to the grocery store?  These are all about what is convenient for me.

I don’t anticipate homeschooling will be convenient (except that we will no longer be subject to Louisiana’s excessively strict attendance policies 😉 ), but it will definitely be worth it.  I’m so excited to be able to teach my boys what I know they can learn, and not be held back by a school’s policy not to teach a child faster than the pace of the classroom’s average child.  I’m excited to harness their excitement for learning about the world around them, and to give them an opportunity to explore and learn by doing.  I’m excited to help them love learning again!


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  1. What kind of teacher would discourage a child from reading above their grade level?! Nothing like stifling the desire to learn and grow. Good for you making the choice to do what is best for your child. I had similar concerns about the classroom environment of our local public schools, and feel so fortunate to have found a wonderful private school that offers everything we are looking for. Homeschooling would be an option for me, IF my son were able to part-time homeschool/part-time public school. Some areas offer a hybrid system; for parents afraid to tackle certain subjects (for me, it's science!).
    • I was so confused about the whole not reading above his grade level thing, but so many parents who have moved into the area have shared similar frustrations. The school where we are is good in Louisiana standards (Louisiana schools are some of the worst in the nation), but there is no room for creativity, no room to excel, and school is mostly about learning to be obedient to rules and respectful of authority--yes ma'am, no ma'am. While I think respect is important, it shouldn't stifle the learning environment. A hybrid system would be really cool! Luckily, this year I'm pretty sure I can handle his subjects. I'll be okay with science as long as I don't homeschool past about 5th grade. LOL
  2. Yay, Amy! I am so excited for you. It is quite the transition so be sure to give yourself many pats on the back as you need them because you are giving them a wonderful gift. (Also, if you have to take a break once in a while that is okay too. It isn't that hard to"catch" up.) It is so fun to watch them learn and to be a part of that. God bless you guys on this wonderful journey.
    • I'm really quite excited! We just got the rest of our curriculum materials in the mail yesterday, and I'm excited at the range of learning they will provide. Hope you're all having fun with your homeschool adventures! I still can't imagine doing it with as many little ones as you have. LOL
  3. We are homeschooling for the first time this year, too. In fact we have already started doing it just 2-3 days a week, so I have a chance to figure out how long things take and where my child's strengths and weaknesses are. At first my son was resistant, but now he really likes it most days. He's 8, and I've found that he can get all his basic subjects (english, math, science, social studies, health, spanish, handwriting and Bible) done every day with time for something fun most days before his minimum time required by law each day is up. Some days we go over so we have more time for fun things, and we also occasionally skip science, health or social studies, since those are all designed to only be taught 2-3 days a week anyway. Several of our reasons are the same as yours. Our son actually went to a school that performs really well on state tests in a state that does pretty good overall. He consistently scored in the high 90's on percentile tests. But he was so bored! He would act out just to see how much he could get away with. He would do other things instead of his assigned work, just because he didn't want to do it anymore when he already knew how to do it. He still sometimes pulls that with me, but overall things are much better now. We're really enjoying homeschooling, and all the extra cool things we are able to do, that we wouldn't have had time for while he was in public school, or that I wouldn't have known to tie in with stuff before because I didn't always know what he was learning at school.
    • That is so great! Having more time for fun things and tying in everyday learning experiences is one of the things I look most forward to this homeschooling this year. I wish you the best of luck on your homeschooling adventure!
  4. Heather Baker says
    I'm afraid that's going to be me in a year or two. Rex is super excited for kindergarten, but we'll see how long that lasts. I'm more concerned about the other kids' at school and the negative influence they'll be. I used to be super against home schooling...but...good thing we get to change our minds a lot. Good for you and good luck.
  5. As a teacher, I can not see how another teacher would discourage a child from reading above their grade level. If the child can read AND comprehend, there shouldn't be a problem. The biggest concern with allowing a child to read above grade level is that they won't comprehend. But it sounds like your child clearly can comprehend. Good for you for advocating for your child. Best of luck on your homeschooling adventures!
    • I couldn't understand it either, but I talked to several other parents in my area who have had similar experiences. The schools are run just a bit differently here than I've experienced in other places. We just had our first day of homeschool today and I think it is going to work our very well for our family this year.
  6. I've never before considered home schooling before but you seriously have me considering it...I'm not going to lie--that really intimidates me though.
  7. Rebecca Parsons says
    You are embarking on a wonderful journey in seeing you children learn from you. I think it is such a blessing to be able to homeschool your children. My children are all almost grown and with all the things they have had to deal with in school, I wish I would have done it.
  8. Benjamin Finnell says
    Welcome to the club! Kind of fun that we are both starting homeschooling in the same year with our kids. I'm looking forward to teaching the kids this coming year. We've got a lot of fun things planned in our curriculum: music, art, French, plus all the "normal" subjects. Have you seen HSLDA's website? They are a legal defense and advice site (with lots of other useful information) for homeschool families. The url is: http://www.hslda.org/ and they have discounts for military families.
  9. if i didnt work full time i would love to homeschool. I hate the public school system and i don't want my kids in it at all. But i love this post and hopefully one day i wil be able to homeschool my kids too like you have! thanks for all you do! xoxo
  10. shelly peterson says
    Congrats on your decision, I think it is going to go well for both you and your son. There are for sure many things wrong with the public school system, but there is no way I could home school my son. It's not for every one but I applaud all who are able to do it.
    • Yeah, it really a huge time commitment, and I'm grateful that it is a commitment that I'm able to make. Someday I hope to live in a place where the schools are more in line with what I value in education. If that happens, and I'm hoping it will, we will be taking advantage of the public school system once again.