Friday, April 13, 2012

Our Favorite Homeschooling Benefits

I hope everyone had a good week and Easter last weekend.
This week was our official Spring Break.  We didn't have anywhere to go for vacation or any great plans. Still, Amber really wanted a complete week off, not just a light week, but a week with no assignments and no responsibilities to school.   So, that was this week and it has been a fun time of playing together, visiting with both sets of grandparents and just relaxing.

We did take a little time on Tuesday to talk about how we think homeschooling has gone so far and if we are pleased with the results.  We then separately worked on a list of our favorite things about homeschooling. 

Amber's Favorite Things About Homeschooling:
  • Spend more time with Mommy. (aww, I feel so special now)
  • School work isn't frustrating.
  • Lots of Science Labs.
  • Fun art projects. (I'm so glad she has found something to like about Art)
  • No mean kids. (I really expected this to be higher on her list)
  • Get to study Latin. (seriously, my child is w-a-y too excited about Latin)
  • Get to study different times in History, not same stuff every year.
  • Learning Math faster and not so boring now.
  • Sleeping later. (she used to get up at 6:15 to leave at 7:15 for 30 minute drive)
  • No uniforms, can wear my favorite clothes.
  • Not a waste of money. (she felt that parochial school was wasting our money?!?!)
  • Don't have to go to bed at 8:00pm so that I can get up so early.
  • Get to have school at Grandma and Grandpa's house one day a week. (We Grandpa-sit)
  • Get to see all my grandparents a lot more.
  • Get to do fun stuff that real school doesn't get to do.
  • Non-stressful standardized testing. (We'll see how those results come back)

Christy's Favorite Things about Homeschooling:
  • Happier Child. She sings, plays & enjoys her life again.
  • Get to know my child better, like I did before most of her life was spent away from me.
  • Sleep later. (Can you tell we like to sleep?)
  • Very minimal driving now.  I no longer have a love/hate relationship with my car.
  • No bully children that put Amber down and make her doubt herself. No more emotional breakdowns by Amber.
  • Can choose the children she wants to socialize with, instead of how the school grouped them.
  • Can add subjects that interest Amber, like Latin. We don't have to wait until the school has funding or deems the majority of the kids old enough for the subject.
  • Creative Writing - We are actually doing it and Amber is good at it.  Too bad her school didn't think it important enough to include.
  • Amber can learn at her own speed, whether that is accelerated or not.
  • Amber can stop reviewing the same topics each & every year and move on to more interesting topics, especially in History and Science.
  • Can slow down in subjects to add more detail to portions that really interest Amber.  Like the biographies she is reading of people from the American Revolution. Turns out she loves studying this time.
  • Amber has time for hobbies (and her toys) again.  She has time to learn practical skills as well. 
  • Time for dance again, without feeling that it is just one more thing in the list.  She can really enjoy it now.
  • No need for busy work assignments or crazy school projects over busy weekends. We can determine what best reinforces the lessons.
  • Our weekends are more relaxed and not so busy. (odd how that worked out)
  • Spend more time with other family members (and her pets too).
  • Spend less money on clothes (no uniforms) AND she actually gets a chance to wear the pretty clothes we buy her. 

Normally, I would try to mention the funniest thing that happened this week, but to be honest it was a pretty funny week and Amber was fairly goofy this week.  So, this week I'm going to mention Amber's two proudest moments.

1.  She decorated her first cake all by herself.  She baked the cake last week and we froze it to make it easier to decorate. Then, Saturday she iced it and decorated it by herself.  It was a small "smash" cake for her cousin's first birthday.  She was so proud and carefully took it to her grandparents' house on Easter where we were also celebrating multiple family birthdays (one was actually on Easter).

2.  We FINALLY finished the PS3 Lego Pirates of the Caribbean game at 100% with all trophies!!!!  It was some hard work but we made it.  Amber had a pretty celebratory afternoon on Wednesday.  We've finished all the Lego games up through Pirates and just have Harry Potter, Yrs 5-7 to go.

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  1. I love both list. Thanks for sharing! Blessings!

  2. Sounds wonderful, I love the idea of the lists!! Although I have always homeschooled I may have to ask that just to see what I get out of the kids! Thanks for stopping by my blog Christy!! XOXO Blessings ~ Kayla

    1. I was shocked by a few things on her list and found some of our original reasons for homeschooling weren't as important anymore.

  3. I so need to ask Sarah these questions, and to think about my answers!

    I am also glad to see you guys are Lego game fans... we are Lego Star Wars DEVOTEES. Or, really, Sarah is, and my husband helps, and I run around going, "Wait, which guy am I??" I think I'd like Pirates much better.

  4. We've played them all in order. Oddly enough, except for Batman, we are huge fans of all the movies the games are based on. With the upcoming Lord of the Rings Legos, we are impatiently awaiting a LOTR Lego game. My husband isn't fond of the Lego games though, so it's just me and Amber playing.

  5. This post made me smile!

    Popping in from the WWU.

  6. So cute! I have a child that is also way too excited about Latin! He tried to impress his friend at the park and the friend looked at him like he had two heads!

    1. Amber has friends that thiought he was crazy asking for more work. She just shrugs and sad "but I like it"

  7. What great lists! So many reasons to be thankful for homeschooling :)

  8. What a great list. SO many of these things are on my daughter and I's list too!

    Isn't homeschooling the best?

  9. It is just such a blessing to be able to homeschool Amber. I am grateful that she had a good basis in the parochial schools so that we can be more sure and confident in our decisions now.