My husband and I waited a long time before we started a family. This gave us a lot of time to talk about what we wanted for our family. I knew I wanted to stay home and after several years of teaching, I also knew I wanted to homeschool. Luckily, my husband agreed with both.
I want the time that would otherwise be spent at a traditional school. I want to be the one that gets to teach my daughter. Maybe it is selfish but I really don’t care.
Z wants it. We have always talked with her about decisions we make – everything from why I want her to “eat the rainbow” to homeschool. Right now, she wants to be at home with me. We talk about her friends going to day care and/or school and what that means and she wants none of it. She often says “I am glad you are my teacher” so that is what I will continue to do until she says she doesn’t want to do it anymore.
I feel like I am the right person to teach her. I have a degree in education so I am more than equipped. I love learning and this way I get to do it with my best girl. To be real honest, I truly believe that if you want something done right you have to do it yourself.
We have a different schedule than most families. My husband owns his own business and works with developers overseas so his schedule wonky. In order to maximize the amount of time Z spends with her Dad we have shifted our schedule a few hours later than the rest of civilization. It works for us.
Homeschooling allows us opportunities I don’t believe she would get in a traditional school setting. I try to incorporate learning into her everyday life, not just during “school”. We love to bake and cook together so we talk about which one is bigger, a cup or half a cup. We count how many cups we put into the cookie batter. We watch the change in the butter & sugar as we cream it in the mixer. We talk all the time. I think learning that happens in real life is the richest education a child can get. I also believe that “chores” or “keeping house” are some of the best curricula I could offer her. She learns responsibilitiy and what it means to be a part of a family. Everyone needs to do their part and best of all she loves to clean – go figure.
While we were planting our vegetable garden this spring we talked about the importance of eating the rainbow every day and how the different colors give our bodies different vitamins and minerals. We found worms while we were digging up the soil so we talked about what worms do and why they are important. If we didn’t homeschool I wouldn’t get these moments with her and these moments are important to me and to her.
We do also do more “school” focused curriculum but at 4 years old I try to focus on learning from the world around her and learning through play.
More than any of these reasons I just love being with her. We have a lot of fun learning and playing. I am just so glad we can homeschool.