This past year marked our third year homeschooling. During the summer months, we decided it was time to reevaluate our options. Overall, we enjoyed homeschooling. I taught my oldest two to read and write, we did fun science experiments together, and bonus – we could take long breaks whenever we needed. But, it was time to make some changes and send them to school.
Here are the reasons:
- They needed friends. Aside from neighborhood friends, they were lonely. During the school year, when their friends were in school, they had no one to play with. Now they enjoy being surrounded by classmates all day.
- I was burned out. After staying home full time for 8 1/2 years and homeschooling also, I never carved much time out for myself. My kids were there 24/7. Having a few hours of quiet has brought back my sanity. I can go shopping by myself (imagine!), write without interruption, and get that degree I’ve always wanted.
- No one could concentrate. Trying to teach one child while the others were throwing tantrums, asking for food, or dirtying their diaper was near impossible. Fortunately, their classrooms are small, and there is little distraction.
- They needed a break from each other. One thing is sure: sending them to school has given them the space they needed and craved. Instead of being together in the house all day, they’ve enjoyed making their own friends and having a separate schedule than their siblings. Earning awards from school has made them proud. There’s less fighting, and they’re happier.
- They needed more structure. Let me be clear: sleeping in, focusing on subjects they loved, and moving at their own pace was wonderful. But, every day was completely different. Since they were too young to do schoolwork on their own, I had to focus on one child at a time. They each ended up having a lot of free time during the day. School has given them a more concise schedule.
While this was our situation, I realize everyone has their own. Every family has a right to decide what learning environment works best for them. We are happy that we had the opportunity to teach them ourselves, but have found school to be much more enjoyable for everyone. And, luckily, the school we chose keeps parents involved. Happy, healthy kids and parents should be a priority in whatever decision you make.
What type of schooling works best for your family? Share in the comments!
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