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Reflections On Our First Year Of Homeschool

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exploring and learning

What can I say?  I never thought I’d be a homeschool mom.  I thought the kids would go to school and I would volunteer at school and have time to keep my house clean and grocery shop by myself.  We were on that track, but last year about this time we decided to bring our daughter home for 3rd grade.   When we first started talking about it, I fought it but once the decision was made, I had total peace and started to get excited.

So, now that this first year is under our belt, am I still excited?  Oh yes!  This has been an incredible experience!  I am excited to be planning for next year!  People ask me what made this year so good.  I have lots of answers for them.  It depends on when they catch me.   I’ll share a few of them with you.

I have a closer relationship with my daughter. My daughter just turned 9.  She and her friends are on the border of being the tweens.  This is an odd age where they are not teenagers, but they are almost being forced by media and social pressure to act and look like teens or even young adults.  Hormones are already starting to churn.  Moodiness and drama are becoming the norm.  This is the time when foundations of character need to be laid.  This is the time when I need to be close to my daughter to make sure I don’t lose her in the future.

I’m learning so much! I have to admit, teaching is a lot more fun when you enjoy the subject.  I try to chose topics and books that we both like so we don’t get bored to death!  In doing so, I am learning right along with her.  It is great!

I can choose who influences her. In almost every conversation I have with people who are new to homeschooling, they bring up the same question. “What do you do to make sure she is getting enough socialization?”  Seriously?  My answer generally is “Why would l want to send her to school to learn social skills from a bunch of 3rd graders?  Have you spent much time around the average 3rd grader?”  I really don’t want my daughter being influenced by kids I don’t even know.  Now, she does spend time with friends her own age, but I get to choose which friends and the amount of time.  We also make sure she spends time with people she can really look up to.  We have friends of great moral character that make great role models.  This year, my daughter has been introduced to artists, businessmen and women, missionaries, horticulturists, doctors, dentists, and other adults while learning what they do and how they do it.  She is learning to communicate with them and learn from them.  Can’t do that in a classroom.

Freedom. We can do school whenever and wherever we choose.  Sometimes, we pack up our laptop and books and head to a local coffee shop or park.  The change of scenery is good.  We can study what we want in whatever way we want to.  If we start studying a topic and it just doesn’t hold our interest, we breeze through that and get to something that does.  If we find something that fascinates us, we can dive in as deep as we want.

Those are just a couple of the many reasons our first year of homeschool was so exciting.  I am looking forward to next year.  I have the curriculum picked out and some of it is ordered.  Should be another great year!

About Marci

Marci has a passion for helping people get the busyness and clutter out of their lives so that they can slow down and enjoy what is really important. She is proud mama to an 11 year old daughter and a 7 year old son. Head over to Marci's blog Overcoming Busy to read more about how she cuts the clutter and gets organized! You can, also, find Marci blogging about homeschool science at The Homeschool Scientist.

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  • heather

    I love this. you are right on the money. my mom started schooling us at home when I was in the 4th grade. and like your experience, it was magic–all those things you listed were true for us too. there are so many perks of homeschooling(when done right) its hard to identify and articulate them all. now as a teacher-turned at home mom, I know for sure that the best thing of all is that you are giving your daughter the best education, and childhood, available to her. that’s something she will enjoy the rest of her life. congratulations on your first year, and here’s to many more :)

  • Blü

    Thank ou for sharing your journey! I am a new Homeschool Mama too, and have felt lost at times but am so loving the adventure!

  • Gigi

    I am so glad to hear you had a great first year. I am going to start my first year of full-time homeschooling in a few weeks and I am scared!

  • Jessie

    ‘Seriously? My answer generally is “Why would l want to send her to school to learn social skills from a bunch of 3rd graders? Have you spent much time around the average 3rd grader?”’

    Ha! This is the best, most concise answer to that tired old question that I’ve ever heard. Good job, mama!

  • Deb Chitwood

    Great post! Your comments about your daughter are so true. I homeschooled my daughter all the way through high school. She actually started college part-time at age 15 and full-time at 16, though. Homeschooling helped my daughter and me always stay close. She never rebelled as a teenager and, at age 20, is just as close to me as ever.

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    Great post. I hope you would have great fun at home school.

  • Susie

    We also just finished up our first year and I can’t imagine it any other way. Our little boy is 9 also. Some days it was difficult trying to operate a business and homeschool but I really think I may have made it harder on myself now. We are so excited about the summer and our next school year. I absolutely cherish the time I have had with my little man and look forward to so much more… is awesome! =D

  • Joy

    Sounds like you had an awesome year. I will be going into my 8th year of homeschooling and every year I am excited about it. There is so much to see and learn!! I love the freedom it gives us as a family. Good luck with your 2nd year! :)

  • SUE

    I’m looking forward to my 2nd year of homeschooling next year too. I never thought that I would be a homeschool mom just a few years ago, but now I just can’t picture my life any other way. I am so blessed!

  • Susan

    Marci, I have often shared with inquiring would-be homeschoolers that this journey is much like beginning our families. We know before our children are born that we will love them, but until they are here, we have no idea how deep that love will become, nor how much more complete our lives will become. Once we become parents, we wouldn\’t trade that joy for anything. I feel the same way about homeschooling… I wouldn\’t trade it for the world. (And the whole learning along with them benefit? Total icing on the cake!)

  • Ginger Armstrong

    My youngest daughter goes to a Classical University Model School, which is like 1/2 homeschool, 1/2 classical education. (School 2 days/Home 2 days). Our first year (kinder) was last year and we loved it, but are keeping homeschool as an option. I homeschooled my older daughter through junior high and part of high school. She is now 22 and I will tell you she is a far different girl than her peers. She is smart, confident, independent, kind, generous and loyal. The time we had together also bonded her to us and our family, not a group of ever changing peers with a vast array of values and world views. It was the best investment we ever made in our family! As much as you are cheriching this time now, I guarantee it will mean even more when she is an adult!
    Way to go mom!

  • Alison M

    Thank you for posting this! I have gone back and forth on home schooling… we are sending our oldest into kindergarden this year to our church private school but I am still waffeling on that decision!
    Best of luck!