Sometimes I wonder what my child is getting out of schooling. I hope she is meeting the appropriate outcomes for her grade level while learning valuable life lessons and perhaps having fun along the way. There are days where she wishes she was in public school but most of the time she is quite content learning at home and having as true say in her education. According to her “it’s like having an. Educational PJ Party every day!” No we don’t spend everyday all day in our PJ’s but we do spend a fair amount of time in them because, well, we can and who dosn’t like a PJ party?
School at home means we get to learn together, my child is meeting outcomes for her grade level while also learning pratical skills she can use in everyday life especially when she gets older. How many 11 year olds can say they regularly help makes bread, bake muffins, help with meal prep and cooking and do laundry?
She loves that she can participate in the physical activities she chooses like soccer, swimming, climbing and and hiking and that they count towards her grades. She’s content learning bible lessons and how important it is to help others in the community through volunteering at the food bank, babysitting for the neighbours, and even helping out at home when there is a lot to be done.
Because she can work at her own pace, to ensure she is meeting expectations, she has opportunity to work ahead in areas where she is exceeding expectations and has the opportunity to graduate early. She will have the opportunity to go on missions trips and help more of the world around her and gain valuable experiences while getting credit towards various courses. Cross learning is huge in homeschool. What this means is one thing, like baking bread, counts towards multiple subjects, like math, science, and home economics. She is constantly learning because her education isn’t limited to the schedule of a traditional campus and even something as simple as a trip to the grocery store or a walk in the park can be used as an opportunity to meet learning outcomes.
There are days where we just want to take a break from it all and we can because our schedule is our own and it is far easier to make up missed work. We choose our vacation time around what works for us and even vacations get turned into an opportunity to learn. In our homeschooling program she does have to turn in Work in order to get grades and she does get a report card that looked like this
Taking control of my child’s education has been worth it. She’s learning more, she’s getting the one on one she needs, and she is mostly happy.