or work on my blog uninterrupted. I want
to spend time with my kids without fighting the endless math tears. But there’s a
season for everything. Homeschooling
is extremely special. I will never get this
time back, and I am so blessed that I get
to spend so much time with my children.
The grass is not really greener in the private school. There are positives and negatives to any choice.
The reality of homeschooling is that
the precious moments make up for the
trying ones. Just like a newborn is insanely adorable, and that cuteness gets you
through the sleepless nights and endless
diaper changes, the splendid homeschool
moments tide you over when the going
gets rough. I am also truly blessed with
the most supportive and helpful husband, who does more than his fair share
of the dishes so that I can relax at the end
of the day, even though he is just as tired
as I am. He supports our homeschooling one hundred percent and teaches the
children programming and Spanish.
While trying to convince the kids that
it is time to start school isn’t always easy,
(the key to success in that is sticking
to a routine in which everything hap-
pens in a certain order on a regular ba-
sis) we at least don’t have to rush to get
ready for the day. We can take our time
over breakfast and linger over morning
prayers and poems. I usually eat more
quickly than they do and we start our
memory work over breakfast. I am al-
ways amazed at how quickly they can
memorize long poems and history sen-
tences. We pull our memory work from
a variety of sources.
Our curriculum is heavy in literature.
How incredible to see the connections
my children make when we read books.
And I love that I get to be the first to see
the light turn on when they truly get
something. We get to take specialized
field trips that truly relate to what we
are studying. We can take vacation when
school is still in session. We can spend so
much time reading the literature we really want to read instead of being tied to
a school’s reading list.
I appreciate being able to have con-
trol over my kids’ education. My
children are so used to their mother
turning everything into a learning op-
portunity, they don’t bat an eye and in
fact even point out learning opportu-
nities themselves. Every year we go to
the beach, and we spend time doing
nature and science studies without the
vacation ever feeling like it is school.
We can pause school on a glorious day
that’s warm as melted butter, and go
ride bikes and play outside. Then we
can catch up the missed afternoon on
the next dreary, rainy Saturday.
I’ll probably always daydream of sending the kids to school once a year, but
the reality of homeschooling is that, for
our family, the benefits far outweigh the
Julie Cerdas was born in Quebec, Canada
and now lives in the southeastern United
States. She loves God, her handsome husband, her two beautiful children and taking walks in the woods. Julie blogs about
home education at Nurturing Learning.
I love that I get to be the first to see the light turn on when they truly get something.