Wednesday, January 30, 2013

It's Been One Year!!

Today it has been officially one year that we've been homeschooling Amber!  Friday, January 27, 2012 was Amber's last day in parochial school, and incidentally her baptismal "birthday".  Her first day of homeschool lessons was Monday, January 30, 2012.

One full year completed of the homeschool journey and I don't know how we would have made it through the past year in a traditional school.  Neither of us can fathom the idea of her being in a traditional school at this point.  We have no clue how long this journey may last, but it is definitely our path for now.

Towards the end of Amber's first homeschool semester she and I both compiled a list of our favorite homeschool benefits We thought it fitting to create a new list in honor of her first complete year of homeschool.  We made our lists independent of each other and without reviewing the previous lists.  However, I did go back and read our old lists before writing this post. 

Amber's Favorite Homeschooling Benefits, as of January, 2013:
  1. Staying home.  I don't have to go anywhere early in the morning for school and arrive home late in the afternoon. 
  2. No mean kids.  I can choose my friends and when to see them.
  3. Fun subjects, like science with experiments.  Not stuck in a boring classroom.
  4. Lunch break with enough time to eat my food and time to relax.
  5. We can adjust school to my schedule.
  6. More playtime.  I can use my toys and games.
  7. Less after school work (What is she talking about, she has no after school work.  It's either school or not school :-) )
  8. Much more relaxing, not as stressful.
  9. I have time to dance.
  10. I can see Mama and kitty all day. (I do believe I rated higher last year... poor Mom. LOL)
School break to cuddle kitty.
 Christy's Favorite Homeschooling Benefits, as of January, 2013:
  1. Amber is a much happier child, experiencing more positive relationships.
  2. I know my child better and get to see her at her best, not just at her most tired and rushed.
  3. We can tailor Amber's education to her.  Advance her where needed, learn more on interested topics, slow down on difficult concepts.  Teach the ways she learns best and not the way the group learns best.  (Amber is not a kinesthetic learner, but the classrooms all seem to assume most kids are)
  4. Amber is able to study a foreign language much earlier than her parochial school scheduled.
  5. Amber has time for dance and other extra curricular activities that interest her without falling behind in school or being rushed through the day.
  6. Amber has time for friends and family instead of always doing school work and projects.
  7. We are all better rested since we set the start time and no longer have a 30 minute drive to school.
  8. We are able to adjust our schedule around sick days, appointments, fun events, and just plain bad days.
  9. The schedule can be designed to include Amber's weekly sensory therapy instead of feeling it is an intrusion on other items.
  10. We all have a more relaxed life.  School assignments no longer dominate our life. We have time to play WITH Amber.
Much happier and doing more TOGETHER
Truly, it has been a joy to homeschool Amber this past year.  Not every day has been perfect, some have been down right horrible, but in the end I wouldn't have it any other way. Honestly, homeschooling is the best choice for us all at this time in our lives.


  1. Christy,

    I would like to thank you for your posts. I found your blog searching for "deciding to homeschool mid-year" and I'm so glad I did. My son is struggling in middle school, and was recently diagnosed with ADHD. I also live in Missouri and I've been concidering pulling him from his school and teaching him myself. Your posts about how much it's helped Amber, how much stress is relieved, and how happy she is brings me to tears. Thank you so much for all the encouragement and helping me decide!

    1. I'm glad the posts have helped you and been encouraging. It can be a difficult decision to make, but turned out to be the best one for our family. I hope everything goes well for you and your son. Let me know sometime how things are going for you.