It’s the Fourth of July, a day when many Americans take time to celebrate the nation’s freedoms. It is also time to reflect upon personal freedoms as well. For me, the freedom to homeschool is one of the personal freedoms I most cherish. Today’s post lists 7 homeschool freedoms I’m most thankful for and describes why they’re so important to me.
Homeschool Freedom 1: The Ability to Choose Curriculum
We are eclectic homeschoolers and choose our curriculum from a variety of different sources. We don’t subscribe to a “one size fits all” philosophy. Each year, we review a variety of curricula and choose the ones that will best serve our children. Even after the curriculum has been chosen, we tweak it to further meet our children’s needs. The result of reviewing, selecting, and tweaking is a unique educational program that meets the exact needs of our children and matches our beliefs.
Homeschool Freedom 2: The Ability to Use a Workable Schedule
We use a unique and varied homeschool schedule that works for our family. The schedule changes to meet our family’s specific needs. Our daily schedule is built around Baby’s Girls toddler naps, field trips, as well as the older girlies instrumental lessons and sport activities. Our schedule allows us to homeschool on the go or even homeschool on the weekends if we need to. I teach and the girlies complete their work at times that are most convenient for us.
Homeschool Freedom 3: The Ability to Teach at Customized Pace
In order for children to learn, information needs to be presented at speed that gives them ample time to absorb what is being taught. Homeschooling allows me to teach at a pace that works for each one of my children. If Sweet Pea masters a concept quickly, I can move on to the next concept right away without unnecessary repetition. But, if Sugar Plum needs extra time to learn a concept, we can linger on the topic, repeating and practicing skills as long as necessary.
Homeschool Freedom 4: The Ability to Pursue Personal Interests
My girlies have lots of different interests. Homeschooling allows them to explore those interests in a fun and natural way. Sugar Plum loves to sew and is learning to do so via a homeschool sewing class at a local library. Sweet Pea loves to build so she’s enjoyed a homeschool robotics class as well as Lego club meet ups at the library. Both girlies have recently expressed an interest in astronomy, so I’m weaving a detailed astronomy unit into our studies this school year. Their personal interests often serve as the basis of their educational experiences.
Homeschool Freedom 5: The Ability to Teach Biblical Beliefs
We are a God loving, church going, hymn singing, Christ following, Bible reading family. Thus Christian education is a pillar of our homeschool. Each day includes a time of prayer and scripture study and our Biblical worldview is a natural part of our lives and thus it certainly shapes the educational choices we make for our children. Homeschooling allows us to freely to speak about, teach, and explore our Christian beliefs.
Homeschool Freedom 6: The Ability to Time with my Children
As a homeschooling mom, I spend lots of time with my children and I love it! I enjoy teaching the girlies, exploring interests with them, playing with them, and watching them grow. Because we spend so much time together the girlies feel comfortable talking to me and our mother/daughter relationships have developed deep roots.
Homeschool Freedom 7: The Ability to Teach Using specific Learning style.
If I expect my children to learn, I have to teach in a way they understand. This means I study how they best learn and tailor my lessons to match their learning styles. Through my Learning Styles series, I’ve spent time reviewing visual, auditory, and tactile/kinesthetic learners so I can teach the girlies in a war they best understand.
I’m so thankful we live in a country that allows us to homeschool! Are you a homeschool mom? What homeschool freedoms do you most enjoy? Feel free to let me know by leaving a comment below.
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