When it came time to send Gavin to Kindergarten, Dennis informed me that our kids would not be doing homework. Um, that’s not going to work. He said, ‘It’s not going to ruin our nights. We are not going to let homework dictate our lives.’ Ok. Homeschooling it is.
I’d much rather be homeschooling my kids than having to do what some people are suffering through with their kids on a nightly basis. I know what we do in our house is so much easier and here’s why.
The kids get to pick what they learn. They are working on things they enjoy. Mikey wants to learn about all 50 states. I have buy in. No one told him that he has to study ancient history instead. He gets to pick the topics and I help him get as much of it as he wants. ‘Are we done with Tennessee yet, Mike?’
My kids know they can switch up anything they want. If a book didn’t live up to what they were hoping – there are lots more out there!
No one forces them to cover Native Americans when they would prefer botany and no one makes them focus on fractions when they prefer geometry. It makes all the difference. It’s their work and it’s so simple when it’s stuff they WANT to be doing.
I don’t to have work with my kids when they are fried. I get them well-rested and full of pancakes. Really, it makes a huge difference. They can eat, drink, use the bathroom and go ride a scooter at their leisure. Imagine that.
Well, we don’t have any. My kids can work on something as long or as short as they like. I have seen them get through something 3 times as fast as it would have taken in a school setting or taken twice as long. But none of our projects are completed on someone else’s time table. No stressful evenings or weekends with the pressure of knowing that paper or diorama is due.
Gavin prefers to learn history through documentaries and period movies. If he was relegated to textbooks and lectures – as I was – he may have ended up hating something that he now spews endless facts and stories about.
I watched as Mikey weeded through math workbooks he hated and pared it down to one that he enjoyed. When I went on to read about the book – the publishers perfectly described Mike’s learning style. Mikey requested a cursive curriculum – Gavin would prefer not to learn it.
I can get my kids information in the way that they are able to learn, as opposed to having to subscribe to whatever method the school district deemed the best way to teach.
There is no busy work for us. My kids don’t have to complete tasks because someone else thinks they are valuable. We have been able to preserve the joy of learning for the sake of investigating their interests.
“We destroy the love of learning in children, which is so strong when they are small, by encouraging and compelling them to work for petty and contemptible rewards, gold stars, or papers marked 100 and tacked to the wall, or A’s on report cards, or honor rolls, or dean’s lists, or Phi Beta Kappa keys, in short, for the ignoble satisfaction of feeling that they are better than someone else.”
― John Holt