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10 Things I Love about Homeschooling

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Since our oldest son was in the fifth grade, we have been homeschooling.  Up until that point we had our children in public school.  Then we ran into the exact set of circumstances that caused us to decide to homeschool our oldest son.  The following year we brought the other three children home and I have enjoyed almost every single moment.

So here are my favorite 10 things about homeschooling:

10) Freedom for my children to choose what interests them

9)  Flexibility to school around my husband’s work schedule

8) Going to homeschool conventions that enable us to examine curriculum up close

7)  My children enjoy each others’ company

6) Ability to take vacations and go places when public school students are in school

5) Getting to spend time with my children

4). Not having to fight the battle over homework

3) Ability to change things that aren’t working

2) Our children can converese with people of all changes

1) Our children’s learning revolves around God and our religious beliefs.

So if you homeschool, what would be some of your top 10 picks of why you love it?  I would love to hear from you.

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Getting Back into the Swing of Things

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Under typical conditions, by now we would already have been well into the swing of school and life.  But this year has been rather unusual.  First, the day after New Year’s Day, my husband was caught up with turning in a quarterly report at work.  Then he had drills at his unit.  Finally, he went to New Jersey to Fort Dix for a week for an Annual Training Conference.  On top of it all, I knew some things needed to change when we resumed schoolwork, but I just was not complete sure what I want to replace those subjects with immediately.

So I have been investigating, researching and doing more research.  Yet I really did not feel like I was getting anywhere.  I was privileged to become part of the Homeschool Review Crew so some of the upcoming review opportunities will help with some of these issues.

Every one of our children has different talents, interests, and desires. So this means every child needs to have curriculum choices that reflect those differences.  This means I constantly have to consider what works and does not work for each one.

So over the next several weeks, I will be sharing what is working and what is not working in our homeschool and how I plan on changing things to make things work better.