Deuteronomy 6:6-7

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. ~ Deuteronomy 6:6-7

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Blogging Through The Alphabet - H is for Homeschooling

On to the letter H, and naturally, I thought of Homeschooling :) There are many aspects of this subject that I could talk about, but for today, I'll just talk about why we love to homeschool. And I think I'll do it in a slightly corny fashion.

H is for Healthy. I've noticed that my kids tend to have fewer illnesses because we homeschool. Less
                             exposure to germs, not having to be up at the crack of dawn to catch a bus.
                              Lower stress. It all helps.
O is for Open.     When a curriculum doesn't work, or we just need something fresh, we can try  
                              something new.
M is for Math.     Math is a subject that has given the kids trouble at times. I don't have to worry
                              about them getting lost in the crowd, because I can give them the individual
                              attention they need.
E is for Exercise. Even homeschoolers need some P.E.. But we can tailor it to whatever we want that
                              interests the kids, whether it's dancing, baseball, or a game of Twister.
S is for Science.   Our science lessons are not limited to a textbook. We can experiment in the
                              kitchen, take  a lot of cool field trips, and get hands on in the backyard.
C is for Cook.      Once again, we aren't stuck in a classroom. The world is our classroom! And part
                              of that learning happens in the kitchen. Good life skills, math and science. . .and
                              the results are yummy.
H is for Happy.    I am not one to judge a person's decision to homeschool or to send them to public
                               school. We are all called to what we are called to.I can say for my children, that I 
                               think that they are happier, in part because
                               they can focus on the job of school without worrying about bullies, fatigue, and
                               more. Don't misunderstand. My kids are not sheltered. They have plenty of
                               extracurricular activities and friends. But there is a lot of drama related to public
                               school that we are able to avoid.
O is for Outside.   Homeschooling affords us the opportunity to take advantage of the nice weather.
                               We can even take our lessons outside, and we do. The backyard, the park; we can
                                school almost anywhere.
O is for Opportunity. Our family is not bound by a traditional school schedule. We can make plans
                                 for any time of the day, and adjust our school schedule. That may mean taking a
                                 weekday off and working on a Saturday instead. We can take advantage of a
                                  variety of activities this way.
L is  for Love.          No other way to say it, we love homeschooling! For these and many other
                                  reasons. It has its ups and downs, but we've never regretted making this

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