I often get asked why I choose to homeschool. My response is usually something along the lines of “Because I’m crazy and I love it!”, but I know that’s not really the answer most are looking for.
Honestly, there are probably a million reasons why I homeschool, but I’ve tried to narrow it down to the main 5 reasons.
Top 5 Reason’s Why I Choose to Homeschool
1. I love being home with my kids.
Yes, some days being at home with the kids all day has me slowly rocking back and forth in the fetal position in the corner of the room. Most days, though, I really enjoy being at home spending time with my kids.
After all, I didn’t give birth to these little goobers just to send them away so someone else can get the best part of their day. This life is so short, and their childhood is even shorter. I want my babies at home with me so I can spend as much quality time with them as possible.
Before I know it I’m going to blink and they will be all grown and married. Who know’s where their futures will take them?
I’m grasping onto this time for dear life, for as long as I possibly can.
2. I want to know what my kids are being taught
Let’s face it, there are plenty of things being taught in schools today that kids don’t need to be taught, ever. Or, they’re being taught controversial topics at a ridiculously young age.
Some topics are extremely controversial for very complicated reasons. I believe that most children are too young to fully comprehend why certain topics are so controversial.
That being said, if something controversial needs to be taught, I’d rather they hear it from me in a completely unbiased way. I am a firm believer in allowing my children to form their own opinions when the time is right. I also believe in teaching and explaining both sides of an argument.
By homeschooling my children, I’m able to protect them and their innocence. I don’t have to worry about others shoving their personal opinions or agendas down my 8-year-old child’s throat.
3. We like to sleep in
Seriously, this is a big reason. We’re all night owls here at our house. My kids go to bed around 10 pm (at the earliest), and we all sleep in until 9am every day. It just works for us.
On the same note, my favorite time of the day is when the kids have finally gone to bed for the night. This is when I can plop down on my couch after an exhausting day and Netflix binge for a couple hours. It’s my “me time” that I desperately need. I wouldn’t be able to have this time for myself if I had to be up at the crack of dawn every day to get the kids to school on time.
Not to mention, I’m one of those chronically late people. I know, you don’t have to tell me that it’s a bad habit. I accept it for what it is. It’s impossible for me to have us all clean, dressed, fed, and at the school on time. My poor kids would always be reprimanded for being late, which is totally unfair to them.
But to be honest, I don’t really need any other reasons. We don’t like to get up early, and these days we don’t need to get up early. We’re perfectly happy with sleeping in, and quite frankly we’re blessed to do so.
Nothing against you early birds out there but it’s not happening here.
Homeschooling has given our family so much freedom! I never realized just how tied down families are who send their kids to public school. While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that at all, I’m just one of those people who cannot be tied down by rules. I have to have the freedom to be able to change things up at the drop of a hat.
There are many days where we spend our entire day playing at the park or swimming in the pool for some excercise. Then we come home and do our school work in the evening. By getting play time out of the way earlier in the day, my kids are more alert and ready to learn.
Not to mention, we can go to museums and zoo’s while most other kids are in school. This means cheaper admission, and smaller crowds which helps my anxiety a ton.
I love not being tied down to the standard school year schedule too. I have the freedom to homeschool year round and take breaks throughout the year whenever we need them.
Curbing the summer boredom is a major plus too. We take a couple weeks off here and there and as soon as the kids start complaining they’re bored again, its back to work we go!
5. More time to travel!
I’m not someone who can sit still for too long, so at least once a year I have to do some traveling. They’re not always major trips, sometimes only an over night trip to the next closest city, or a long weekend getaway to visit good friends out of state.
Knowing that I can take an occasional week off to travel without the worries of attendance or makeup work is such a blessing!
Everytime we travel, we turn it into an educational experience. That’s right, we’re still learning while we’re on the road! We just leave the workbooks and pencils at home and call it a field trip.
My children learn so much more when they actually visit a place in real life verses reading about it in a book. When we are learning about a particular place or subject in school, we try to plan our next vacation around what we have learned. This gives the kids such a strong understanding as they experience life through our travels.
Not only are our homeschool travels educational, they are such a great time of bonding for our entire family. We grow closer and closer with each trip we take together. The memories we make together are the ultimate treasures we will always carry with us.
I know that homeschooling isn’t for everyone, (if you would have told me 15 years ago that I’d be homeschooling my kids I’d have thought you were crazy), but it works beautifully in our family. If I wasn’t blessed with the opportunity to homeschool, I do not feel like I would have such a strong bond with my girls.
Homeschooling is pure chaotic bliss, but I wouldn’t want to have it any other way.!
Are you a homeschooler? Comment below and share your favorite reasons for homeschooling!