Welcome back to another week of Blogging Through the Alphabet. Annette from A Net in Time and I are glad to have you here! We are nearing the end of the alphabet and the topics might get harder and harder. While I like to come up with ideas on my own as much as I can, this week I had to ask for help. I have been busy and my mind was not where it needed to be. DaLynn from Biblical Womanhood gave me the idea for this post!
So, onto to the post. Are you ready to read The 5 W’s of Homeschool? I am ready to talk about them!
In our homeschool, we have 4 little whos. Moe Man is the oldest who at 16. He is our first child, but not by birth. I have loved him since before he was mine, and still love him now that he is mine! He is my teenager who doesn’t know what he wants to do after high school. I am making sure to get the basics in him and see if we can find something more.
Ray Ray, the first born, is my emotional child. If you have never heard of an emotional child, be grateful! I love him, but I am always reading more and more about the emotional children to help me work with him in the way he needs it.
Little Miss. The first girl. Daddy’s girl. She has some ambition and a lot of attitude! She is my spitfire and I love watching what she is up to every day. When it comes to school, it better be fast, fun and to the point. If it is not, she will be gone before you start!
Baby Girl is the little individual. I thought all three older kids wanted to be individuals, but I now know what an individual is, and that is Baby Girl! She has the idea of doing everything herself well under control! You try to help her and she will let you know that she doesn’t want that! I am interested to see what this will bring about when it comes to actual homeschool lessons for her. But for now, I let her be her!
This is the fun part. We get to do our school where we want! It can be at the picnic table, the dining room table, the schoolroom or the couch! It doesn’t matter, we are able to homeschool where we want each day.
Each child in our homeschool likes to find a different spot to learn. Ray Ray will only read in his bedroom, but Moe Man needs to sit at the school table for everything. Little Miss can learn just about anywhere and Baby Girl, while she is always learning no matter where she is!
Oh, the days of setting an alarm and being up before the sun to get Moe Man on the school bus. Those days are not missed by us one bit! We have no set schedule for when we need to complete our homeschool each day. Some days we are getting it done before lunch, other days lunch as come and gone and we still haven’t opened a book.
Not only do we get to decide when each day that we get to homeschool, but we can decide when during the year to homeschool. While it is nice to have summer off, I don’t like the summer slide! I like knowing that my kids are always learning. This means that we do homeschool year-round, but we take a week of here and there as we need it. I love being able to take the time off when we want it!
Everyone homeschools for their own reason. Mine will not be the same as yours. That is perfectly ok, we can have our different reasons. My Why for homeschooling is simple. The public schools were not helping my children. Moe Man was struggling and Ray Ray never made it past preschool before he voiced his opinion on the public-school setting.
We decided to homeschool because we saw that our kids needed it. They needed the change in pace. The tailored to them schedule and lessons seemed to fit them. They loved being able to move and play as needed, to take a break when their bodies told them. After seeing these two succeed with the choice of homeschool, I could not think of putting the girls into school. Little Miss started learning right away because she watched the boys. Now Baby Girl is learning because Little Miss is teaching her. This is our fit.
Homeschooling is NOT public school at home. While you can do public school at home, that is not homeschooling. Homeschooling is where you are the teacher. You are the one who has the final decision on your child’s studies, on their schedules and on their education. Homeschool, defined by Merriam-Webster, is to teach one’s children at home.
I am thankful for the time that has been given to me to be able to homeschool my children at home. I am thankful that I have been able to meet their needs, not only as their mother, but also as their teacher. I love that I can adjust the schedule to them and pick and choose the things they want to learn about. Are you’re your Five W’s of Homeschooling similar to mine?