Homeschooling has certainly been a weird and fun journey so far. And it definitely has come with it’s fair share of trials as well, but I figured it’s always best to start with the positive stuff (but don’t you worry, the not-so-great post is coming!)
I’ll be honest, there are a lot of things that I really love about homeschooling. Stuff that I wasn’t expecting. And while I’m only 2 months into this journey, I think we’re finally finding a rhythm to our days, allowing me to see a little more clearly.
There is a lot I love about homeschooling, honestly. A lot more than I was expecting. It’s one of those things where it be hectic, annoying, and chaotic, but it is also one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had. Here’s a few things I love.
An Ease to Our Days
There is no doubt in my mind that homeschooling has brought more peace and ease to our lives. I’ve really invested in the “power of yet.” Which is, most simply, the idea that while you may not have something now, it doesn’t mean you won’t attain it in the future. A few of my yets have been: “I don’t have a clear idea of how to schedule science…yet,” or “I’m not quite sure how to teach grammar in an interesting way…yet,” or “We haven’t found our rhythm…yet.” This idea of “yet” has brought so much peace into our lives. It reminds me that I don’t have to have everything mastered (a hard reality for me to face), and it also gives Zoey some room to breathe and experience learning in a new way. There’s also just the simple scheduling of our day that is so much easier. There’s no rush from point A to point B.
Z is a night owl through and through. Pretty opposite of me – an early bird (Like a, “I’m always up at 6am,” type of early bird). Homeschooling has provided us a chance to meet halfway. I can get so much more work done (since I work from home) in the morning, allowing Z to sleep a little longer, and giving her a chance to really be aware and awake when learning. At first, I thought I needed a rigid routine of waking her up at 8 am every morning, but quickly realized it didn’t do either of us any good. I felt frantic and chaotic trying to juggle work and learning with Z. And she wasn’t fully awake or on board with learning yet either. So, we’d end up frustrating messes by 10am. Allowing sleep to happen naturally has been one of the best parts of homeschooling, honestly.
Learning in New and Hands On Ways
I am a crazy researcher. A strength (and sometimes flaw) of mine is being prepared. I want to know everything about everything, and will research the heck out of something until I find an answer. Homeschooling has fed my nerdy researcher and given me an opportunity to teach Z in ways that really work for her. We’ve found that she’s a very visual and kinesthetic type learner, so I can really meet her needs because I’m able to experiment and explore learning with her.
Feeding Her Interests
The library has become our best friend (oh, the English major in me screams with glee). Homeschooling has allowed us more time to invest in her interests. The other day, she was looking in the biography section of the children’s books and saw The Diary of Anne Frank. She asked me about who she was and I gave her a little back story. We decided her diary might be a bit too much for her to handle at this time, but she still wanted to learn about Anne Frank. So, we checked out a more succinct biography of her and discussed World War II, the Holocaust, and what kindness and bravery mean. It was one of those moments in homeschooling that made me feel fully alive in this journey.
This might be one thing I love most of all. The serial entrepreneur in me loves a flexible schedule. A schedule that meets your needs as well as makes you productive. If we want to meet E for lunch, we can. If we want to take a field trip to the aquarium, we can. If we want to spend all of school in our pj’s, we can. The flexibility to our schedule feeds into what I talked about in the beginning — the ease of our day.
There are a lot of things that I’ve fallen in love with in regards to homeschooling, but it isn’t an easy road. In fact, don’t you worry, you’ll get a post from me on what I miss about public schooling. For this season in our lives, though, it is working out so well, and an adventure that has been so worth it.