As we enter the Thanksgiving season this year, I like to stop and remind myself of all those things I am truly thankful for. One of those is that we are still able to homeschool our children. Because we homeschool:
I am able to watch my children learn and learn along with them.
I am able to spend more time with them during the day.
We can set aside the schoolwork for the day if a friend or neighbor is in need.
I know who my children’s friends are, and I know the parents well.
We can all work on the same project together.
My children have to learn to get along together and appreciate each other, no matter how difficult that might be.
My oldest is thirteen and my youngest is five, but they still find things to do together.
We can take trips as needed, and our schedule is flexible.
We have time to pursue other activities, both as a family and as individuals.
My children have time to learn how to help around the house.
My children have time for unorganized playtime outside.
I know just how my children are doing in school. I know what subjects they excel in, and what they need to practice more.
I have time to help them find their strengths and what they are good at.
I can choose the curriculum that best fits each child.
We can take our time learning concepts that might be a little more difficult.
I know what character issues my children still need to work on.
I have many opportunities to discover my weaknesses and what I need to work on.
For these things, and so much more, I’m thankful for another year of homeschooling. Now I just need to post my list on the refrigerator, in case we have another one of those days… 🙂
Guest Blogger: Samantha Bell
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