Shut the front door. You heard me right. We homeschool and we homeschool ALL YEAR LONG.
Ew what kind of monster am I!? What kind of mother makes their child do school work all year!?
I know right I am such a mean mom. For real though, the best thing I have ever done is decide to do school work with my kids all year long. Why would in the world would I torture my children and myself with all year school?
REASON NUMBER 1
Have you ever heard that kids thrive on routine? What if I told you this also applies to their school.
BOOM– mind blown
Now, don’t think for one second we wake up eat eggs and toast together by 8am and we drink our glass of orange juice and skip off to our books. Oh no. Not in this house.
A typical morning involves a lot of “YES YOU ARE EATING OATMEAL FOR BREAKFAST!” and “NO THE APPLES ARE NOT BALLS STOP THROWING THEM!”. I mean sometimes we have stuff to do and I am tossing cereal their way or maybe even .. oh gosh I am going there.. I BUY THEM A MEAL ON THE GO. AHHHH yep my kids sometimes eat the dreaded fast food meal.
However, despite the mass chaos that typically commences in our home, we fit school work in almost every day. This doesn’t always mean we are sitting with faces in our books either. We could be learning about animals at the zoo, or outside in the rain learning about the water cycle. (Calm down over there in the back, they have umbrellas)
REASON NUMBER 2
I really like days off.
HA! I wrote this out and realized how absurd it sounds but hear me out.
I don’t like scheduled days off because my life is CHAOS. Sometimes my kids really want to learn and it is a Sunday afternoon. Maybe on Wednesday we have a therapy or dentist appointment that will take most of the morning then the kids won’t really want to work after. If I school all year long these random off days even out. I don’t fret the little days off or the things that come up here and there.
REASON NUMBER 3
I like vacations, BUT I hate crowds. Schooling all year means we can take our family vacations whenever we want! Since we don’t have to adhere to the schools attendance guidelines I don’t have to worry about a letter coming in the mail threatening to hold my child back a grade because of absences.
Would you believe me when I tell you this happened to me? All because my daughter had doctors appointments. Well, not anymore, we live by our own rules.
Disney during off season? CHECK! Who really wants to wait 2 hours to ride mine train?
Busch Gardens on a weekday morning with no lines? HECK YES!
Our favorite time to vacation? The day all the other kids go back to brick and mortar schools. We celebrate all of our favorite unschool places being people free that entire week!
REASON NUMBER 4
It really just doesn’t take long. Contrary to popular belief, my homeschooled children do not sit and work on book work for 7 hours out of the day. Don’t worry, they are still getting their history, science, math, english blah blah blah. It is just a simple fact that there is one on one attention and not 26 other kids to try and wrangle.
We don’t have to schedule in play time, or group work activities. We get straight to their lesson and get the work done. Some days we spread it out randomly throughout the day. Some days we incorporate things like math into baking or cooking.
For those looking at the screen like it went crazy, we learn measurements and fractions when we cook. We also talk about chemical and physical changes to matter.
All of that real world application up in this house.
REASON NUMBER 5
School is viewed as my children’s job. Oh the controversy. Sing it to me Sally! They are paid in good grades, surprise accomplishment outings and book store trips. Jobs are something you work at consistently, and their school is no different in my eyes.
Before you get all out of sorts, resort back to number 4 where I mention we don’t school all day. Somedays, most days, we are finished in 2.5 hours. They ARE kids I am not trying to work them to death. I am teaching them valuable skills. Time management for starters.