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Free-Range Kids

24 Jun

So many people have asked me about homeschooling.  I always have a lot to say.  My awesome writer/blogger sis says that posts have to be less than 200 words or I lose people’s attention.  Well.  I already used 33 so I better get to the point.

No need to list the drawbacks of homeschooling your children.  Every time I had a hard minute, those would go through my mind like a flip-book and I would second guess everything.  Allow me to highlight the amazing benefits and blessings I found in schooling my children from home.

My children learned to learn independently.  From this early age, they are not merely spoon-fed what they need to know, and it has led them to take ownership and pride in their lessons.

I didn’t surrender my house to make it look like a kindergarten classroom!  That is not my style.  I did figure out ways to use visual aids and other classroom-type necessities, and at the end of the day, the house still looked like a house!  You do not have to literally make a classroom out of the dining room for it to be a good experience.  (Although some people do-and it can look fantastic. )

I have an insatiable appetite for “me-time.”  No matter how much time I have to myself, I still crave it.  I have come to realize that it is never going to be enough.  It was actually pretty freeing to embrace togetherness, figure out how to make it work for me, and to be content in our togetherness-circumstances.  I love that we are all doing life as a family, and working hard on our relationships with one another.

Sibling bonds have strengthened throughout the year.  For the most part they have truly enjoyed each other’s friendship, and that is not time they would otherwise have together.

They play outside a lot.  They also get as much library time as they need…unlimited access to all it has to offer.  They get as much education time on the computer as they need…no lines, sign in sheets, or canned programs.  Of course they are still supervised :).  Lunchtime was relaxing, not controlled.  We often did “listening lunch” where I would read to them while they ate, and it was a great way to keep their ears open and their minds ready to absorb.

– My children are learning to take initiative in our daily household operations.  The longer the child is in the home, the more time they have to internalize their role in the family, and in life in general.  My kids are taking pride in being a member of our awesome team.  They feel important knowing they have a valuable impact in our family, and that their personal contributions make for a better place for all of us.

-They have been able to spend time on the subjects that interest them the most.  These days, resources abound on the internet that provide learning enrichment.  As their passions develop, learning seems to come naturally.  They want to read and talk more about it, which lends itself to writing and drawing about it, which lends itself to crafts and projects, sometimes field trips.

A few sites that I found to be helpful in our journey:

The Wonder of the Day
The Bird of the Day
Math Fact Fluency
White Rock Eagle Cam
First Grade Ideas on Pinterest

I don’t know what is going to happen this fall, and I don’t have a lot of time to decide.  I think I would like to compare a year of public school just to see if there seems to be a difference for us…I don’t know.

I have a lot of praying to do!  And so much for 200 words!
Leigh

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