Now that the new school clothes have been bought, school supplies have been acquired and the kiddos are settling back into their school routine for the year – I would just like to point out a few things about the differences between home-schooling and public/private schooling. OK. You got me. It’s pretty much going to be about home-schooling. But you know what the flipside of it is if your children attend public/private school. And chances are, you’ll think of a dozen things I don’t mention here too.
Homeschoolers typically buy our curriculum at the end of spring. That is when most homeschool sellers schedule their sales and curriculum fairs. This is a wonderful opportunity for us. We miss out on the “back to school” crowd scouring the shelves at Wal-Mart and Target and get to relax during those crazy days.
“We miss out on the ‘back to school’ crowd”
Homeschoolers get to chose when their “school” starts and finishes each year. Some choose to do school the typical nine months… just like the public/private schools, some do several months at a time with longer breaks in between. Some choose to do school year round with a week off here and there for vacations/field trips/etc…
“They make the entire world their classroom.”
Homeschoolers are not restricted to learning in a classroom. They make the entire world their classroom. Everywhere we go, everyone we meet, everything we do is an opportunity to learn. We learn from everything and everyone we encounter on a daily basis. It’s a tremendous opportunity and it’s also one that most public/private school systems overlook. But in the real world, children need to know how to balance a checkbook, shop for groceries, stock a pantry and interact with salesmen. It’s a parent’s duty to either teach these things or let their children figure them out on their own. Those parents who teach their children these valuable life lessons are home-schooling, whether they mean to or not.
“Those parents who teach their children these valuable life lessons
are home-schooling, whether they mean to or not.”
Homeschoolers have a lot more freedom in their school day than those who attend public/private schools. We don’t have to go to a locker and then to the other side of the school to change subjects. We just get out a different book. We don’t have to spend time going over homework or taking roll in each class so we can get right to it. We don’t have to squeeze in bathroom breaks. We just go down the hall or around the corner. We don’t have to wait in a long lunch line for our food and then try and find a place to sit. We just sit down at the table and mom puts lunch out for us (or when the children are older, make it themselves). These advantages give us a much smaller draw on our daily time so there is a lot more time for other important and fun things in our day! Then there is a lot more time for families to “spend time” together!
“there is a lot more time for families to ‘spend time’ together”
I understand that home-schooling is not for everyone and I wouldn’t dream of trying to talk someone into home-schooling if it’s not something they want to do. I am simply thrilled that I am able to home-school my children. It’s an opportunity I am exceedingly Thankful for and I feel so Blessed to have discovered it! I hope that some of you out there who might be on the fence would consider just how fantastic a thing it would be for your family.
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