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If you are curious, this is why I homeschool.
Since I was a child I knew I wanted to homeschool my children. Back then, I thought it was the only thing to do. My mom did it, so I thought I would do the same thing. When I actually had my own child, I still felt the same way. We were all set to go until she turned about three.
Then the questions started.
“What preschool does your daughter attend?”
“Where do you go to school little girl?”
“What is Monkey learning in school?”
I then started having to tell these lovely people that Monkey does school with me. One sweet lady actually told me,
“It’s OK, not everyone sends their children to preschool.”
Then, I started to doubt.
Was I doing everything that I needed for Monkey? Why did I think homeschooling was the right option? What did I hope to gain from the experience?
After a few days, I finally realized what it was that appealed to me about homeschooling my child and I found my why.
And this, this is why I homeschool.
I want to experience the joy of learning with my own child. I want to be the one who is there when she has her light bulb moments. I want to spend those three to seven hours a day with my own child every day. I don’t want to send her to someone else all day when I can provide everything she needs for learning right here at home. I also get to decide exactly what she learns in school. Since Monkey was diagnosed with ADHD, homeschooling has been the right choice as we try to navigate the somewhat murky waters of homeschooling ADHD.
I am in no way against traditional school. I am open to the idea that our family needs may change later and it will no longer be possible for Monkey and I to do school together.
But for now, I treasure the time with her.
Read seven more non-religious reasons to homeschool, here.
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