Why did we decide to homeschool? The decision seemed to come out of the blue this year, so I’m breaking down our reasons for leaving public school and pursuing homeschooling.
Well, here it is. The middle of July.
You know, when I first decided to homeschool for the 2018 school year, it felt like a really far off concept. Something I didn’t really have to worry much about for awhile. I was excited, and wrapped up in the fun of picking out books. (Okay, fine. Maybe that’s only fun for book nerds like me).
But now…Now it feels real. We’ve made it through all of our vacations. There are no more holidays left to steal my focus.
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Now, all I have is a few weeks before we undergo a major life change.
Can I be honest? I’m absolutely terrified. It came on suddenly and without warning the minute we got through the 4th of July.
What was I thinking?!
I’m sure it’s normal. Totally normal. Right?
To calm myself down, I’ve been thinking a lot about our reasons behind the switch. It’s a lesson that has helped me in every major change in my life, and it’s something I practice often when my business gets hard.
Find your why…It makes all the hard, scary things worth it.
So, here I am. Thinking about my why.
Why did I decide to pull my daughter out of public school?
You see, unlike most families that leave public school and turn to homeschooling, we love our local public school. My daughter thrived. She had a lot of friends, and was a straight A student. I was on the PTO board, worked as homeroom mom, and was an active volunteer.
Everything was going just fine!
Until, of course, she asked to homeschool.
Yep. My social butterfly, thriving, happy daughter asked me to pull her from school and homeschool her for her 4th grade year. It was completely out of the blue, too.
I was shocked, worried about her, and a little excited. I’d been thinking about homeschooling for a couple of years, but I never brought it up because she was so happy. But now…now all bets were off.
Still, I didn’t think she was serious, so I never put too much thought into it. I let it slide, figuring she’d forget and we’d continue with what we’d always done.
But she didn’t forget. She brought it up quite a few times over the next few weeks. Finally, I asked her why she wanted to homeschool.
Her reasons were surprisingly mature:
- Whe wanted to do more hands-on experimenting
- We could visit museums as part of our lessons, instead of just doing that on school break.
- She wouldn’t be held back by a lesson plan or schedule. If she got through the material faster than we planned, we could just move on!
- We could take time to explore her interests more thoroughly
The bottom line was, she was bored! Until that moment, I had no idea that she was finishing her work early in each class, and spending the rest of the day reading or doing busy work.
At that point, I agreed to do some research.
I felt like she at least deserved that. Plus, I totally agreed that she shouldn’t get stuck at a desk with no real work for the majority of the day. That time could be much better served!
I started talking to a coupe of homeschooling friends at that point, because I had no idea where to start. The more we talked, the more fascinated I was.
I’d always envisioned homeschooling to be a structured, at home learning environment. Basically, school at home. We’d still be doing worksheets and reading from textbooks, but, we could do it at our own pace.
I couldn’t have been more wrong. As my friends started showing me their curriculumn and telling me about an average day, I was amazed.
I could teach my kids without a single textbook! Worksheets never had to enter our school room!
It was honestly better than I’d imagined. I was getting interested, but I was still so hesitant to actually make the switch. Then, I stumbled across this post on Pinterest, and it pretty much made up my mind for me.
You see, I’d read a bit about reasons to homeschool, but so many of them were geared towards kids or families that had problems with the public school. Either kids that were struggling and falling behind, being bullied, or parents that just didn’t like the way the school taught.
That didn’t describe us at all. We liked our school. My daughter was doing just fine, and had plenty of friends. So, it felt silly to take her away from all of that on a whim. But that post showed me that it was okay. That gifted and advanced kids could also benefit from homeschooling. Not only benefit, but truly reach their full potential!
So, for those of you considering this switch, or those of you just genuinely curious about why we made such a big decision, I’m sharing my reasons for pulling my daughter out of public school for the next school year. Maybe longer. It just depends on how this year goes!
12 reasons we chose to homeschool:
- My daughter can really take the time to pursue her own interests, and we can learn about them as a family
- We won’t be so rushed and stressed out in the evenings trying to squeeze in homework and extra-curricular activities
- We get to read a lot of good books together, from Harry Potter to Redwall to Shakespeare
- I can customize each child’s curriculum, whether that be with hands on learning or learning through games (I have two very different kids).
- Taking a beach day counts as a school day if we learn about sea life! (And our local beach is also a wildlife reserve, so we totally can!)
- The kids can have lessons built into vacations, because we’ll be teaching learning as an atmosphere
- I can introduce the kids to my favorite poetry in a totally stress-free environment. Which I love because I actually hated learning poetry in school!
- We can move through lessons at our own pace.
- My kids will have ample time to pursue other interests, like guitar lessons and Spanish.
- We have more opportunity for big, juicy conversations about important things.
- My kids won’t have to deal with “busy work” to fill their day when they finish their work early.
- I will have the time to teach my children important life skills.
Am I scared? Yes. Do I think it’ll be worth it? Yes.
We have so many feelings going through our minds as we approach this new journey, but I have to admit, I’m ready to get started. Want to stay up to date on how our journey is going? Be sure to connect on Instagram or subscribe to my newsletter to stay in touch! You’ll also get access to my free printable and resource library full of planner printables, essential oil recipes, and more!