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I can give my child individualized instruction, quality one-on-one time, a creative and loving environment and so many more experiences than sitting in a classroom will ever give my child.
Laurie, wife to DH (Aug/04), mom toDS1 (Nov/05) and DS2 (June/12).
Why homeschool? Because for a military family, it just seems to make the most sense. No struggling to catch up or being bored because you're far ahead of the kids in your new school. No difficult adjustment period of being the "new kid" in the class. Plus, I feel I can do a better job than the public school system does these days.
I wanted to homeschool my daughter because public school was changing who she was. She was a creative, sensitive, free spirited and stubborn 5 year old. After kindergarten she became self conscious, moody and not herself anymore. I wanted her to learn about the world while still getting a good education. I wanted her to still see it through the eyes she had before starting public school. I wanted MY daughter back, not some cookie cutter kid. So we started our journey in the middle of the first semester of first grade. I think Oak Meadow would be a perfect fit for us!
Why homeschool? I want to be with my daughter while she learns. I can give her the attention she deserves, and we can focus on learning, instead of on testing. I find the values of the community where we live to not be closely aligned with those of our family - too much commercialism and focus on obtaining things to make us happy - not enough on learning and thinking and having wonderful experiences. She's too young to turn over to the hands of people who may or may not love her and care about her personal development as much as we do.
We are in our first year of homeschooling and I'm so excited for the journey ahead, which will bring us many more reasons why we're happy we homeschool, I'm sure. As for the reasons why we chose to homeschool in the first place, the biggest would have to be that we wanted to learn together, as a family.
I started homeschooling because the child I saw at home, and the child I saw at school were very different - and it broke my heart.
My 6 (almost) 7-year-old, is a ball of nut-encrusted creativity. He runs around the house in his Toy Story tiny-whities (regardless of weather), puts vacuum parts in either side and does a mean John Wayne. He reenacts everything he sees, and does a fabulous job with sounds and characters. He makes up stories, writes books, and has a pretty believable British "spy" accent when needed. He wants to grow his hair long (not really something you should do in first grade in Utah). He's not shy, he talks a wild streak from the moment his feet hit the floor in the morning, until he finally slips off to sleep at night.
He attended public school in 2012 - the first half of first grade. I volunteered in his classroom twice a week - and beside the morning brawl of "I hate school" - it occurred to me that I was asking him to go to a place where, he was expected to (wear clothes!..lol), sit still, don't talk to your classmates too loudly (or at all), write neatly, follow the routine, etc. Not one "Samuri Jack kills the cyber monkey robots with a #2 pencil" moment allowed. Academically, he was doing great.
I'm sure he's not much different than other 6-year-olds, but still, I would look at his face and see that his spirit was being put out. I'm an artist, and I wish someone would have given me that time out, that "wait a minute", maybe there's another option- moment to see where things might have gone.
There are so many incredible resources online, I've been a little overwhelmed. But, I have some college education, and I find his lessons fun, and informative.
And ultimately I don't care if he wears the right clothes, grows his hair long, or if he has messy handwriting when he's giving the right answer. He's smart and creative - and I'll homeschool him for as long as we are able : )
I homeschool because I really believe that children should be valued for who they are now - not just for who they will or can become. It is important to me for children to have choices, to be a part of their own education, to connect to the earth and to their community. For us, that has meant being able to give the children time to become who they want to be and homeschool offers us the freedom and flexibility to offer that freedom and to offer choices about how they will study something and how they will share that knowledge. Oak Meadow offers so many choices within the curriculum that appeal to different learning styles and personalities. It is a magical fit.
Perfect timing for the contest; we delay formal academics longer than most and have decided to start with a packaged curriculum for the first time.
We love to Homeschool! Homeschooling allows us to teach our children at there level, and in there own way! As each child is special, and each child is different! So how can we expect each child to learn the same by teaching them in the same ways! Homeschooling has given us the ability to be a closer family, and experience life in a whole new and exciting way!
Why Homeschool? We Homeschool for so many reasons, but I would have to say that the best reason would be for the absolute freedom that it gives us as a family. My Children are able to explore what they want when they want. They are not afraid to ask questions and find out answers. We have the freedom to be inspired for however long that inspiration lasts. The freedom to be who they want to be at any given moment. We have the freedom to travel at anytime to explore many different places and we have the options to be involved in many opportunities that come our way. Homeschooling for us is more than just an education, for our family it has become a way of life.
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