Today’s post is from my friend, Michelle from The Holistic Homeschooler. She is a veteran homeschooling mom sharing what homeschooling has taught her. Be blessed, friends!
I have been homeschooling for almost 14 years. It has been quite a journey. Books have come and gone. Methods have been tried, tossed out and replaced. Children have grown, gotten married, and more children have begun their homeschool career. Homeschool means lots of changes.
It also means lots of lessons learned and not all of those lessons are in the form of history, geography and algebra. Sometimes the lessons are learned by the parent(s).
5 Things I’ve Learned from Homeschooling
Education doesn’t tell time
You may schedule (and even do) lessons according to a clock but some of the most in-depth studies happen when you don’t expect it. They happen when a child spots something on a walk or is lost in thought, when suddenly they ask a question.
The teenage years are great
Just as we enjoy the baby and toddler “firsts; the elementary age “firsts”, teens have “firsts” as well. And I’m blessed to experience and enjoy them because my children are with me. I’ve raised three children to adulthood and my last two homeschoolers are currently 14 and 9 years old. I’ve yet to experience a “generation gap”. I have yet to see it among the other homeschooling families I
know. The teen years have been a joy for me. My children aren’t perfect but they certainly aren’t the headache to me that I was to my parents.
Children are individuals
This sounds like a no-brainer. Of course they’re individuals. But you never realize this fully until you’re trying to teach them at home. You find out very quickly that you cannot box them into a boxed curriculum. They will never move at exactly the same pace as everyone else. You will speed up in some areas for this child, slow down in some areas for another. You have the freedom to let them be themselves and learn at their own natural pace.
Textbooks are a only a resource
Textbooks are not the main-stay of education. They are no more than another reference book. Real learning happens through great literary works, living life, being close as a family and having a deep appreciation for the world around us.
Homeschooling is a lifestyle
When children are in school they’re a student who returns home to be a family member. There is a clear distinction in roles. This isn’t true of homeschooling. Everything is a learning experience, an adventure, a “moment” to savor. Whether you’re at home doing lessons, at a museum, or hiking through a state park, or on a family reunion camping trip, you are a homeschool family. Learning and living are what you do.
What important lessons has homeschooling taught you as a parent?
Michelle Cannon is a single mom homeschooling two daughters in Florida. She has been homeschooling for 13+ years and has graduated three children. She enjoys writing, camping and hiking, and considers coffee a major food group. She writes about homeschooling using the Charlotte Mason method, as well as educating children with Dyslexia and Bipolar Disorder. Read more from her at The Holistic Homeschooler.