I have been very open about our homeschooling adventure, not to suggest that what we are doing is better than what you are doing, but to provide a vision to some that might need it. To challenge parents to think outside the box about their child’s education. To show that ordinary people are capable of providing their children with the tools they need to be successful. It’s not for everyone and I completely respect that but I wanted to be transparent in our journey in hopes that one day it may inspire someone.
Our decision to homeschool came after incredible thought and prayer on what our family was being called to do. My husband was skeptical at first (and I was insanely nervous) but after reading a few books and attending a homeschooling conference we heard God speaking and we knew what needed to be done.
We started our adventure on the road. Our first day of homeschool was at Falls Park in South Dakota. We were on our way to the Black Hills. Education happening outside the cement walls of a building; it was amazing. I actually loved the freedom this provided and the curiosity that it sparked in the kids. I even may have mentioned to the hubby a time or two that we should sell the house and homeschool on the road. I could totally live in our camper. Who doesn’t love having their entire living space spotless in less than 30 minutes!
On the drive home the hubby and I decided to take the advice of a speaker at the conference we attended and write down all the reasons we were interested in homeschooling. I intend to get these printed someday soon and post them on our wall in the homeschooling area. At times I need to look back at this list and remind myself of why we started. It’s not always an easy adventure but it’s our adventure and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Without further ado, here’s our list (in no particular order):
Reasons to Establish the Schroeder Homeschool:
- no one cares about our children as much as we do
- teach life skills
- have our children in the presence of better role models
- spend more time together
- less chance of bad influences
- less wasted time
- more flexibility in our schedule
- opportunity to start mini businesses
- character building
- child directed learning
- volunteer opportunities
- no time limits
- learning focused on individual learning styles
- job shadowing
- instill a love of learning
- more enrichment activities
- more time to spend with family and friends
- learning will be fun
- time for creativity