Why I Chose to Homeschool My Military Kids

homeschoolHomeschooling was never my intent as a full-time job. I am not a teacher by training or nature. I have a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and I am an accredited financial counselor. My husband reminds me that I am not “wasting” my education because our children are the recipients of it.  And yes, I have complained that I am wasting my education and training.  I am a mother, though, so I do feel uniquely qualified to know what my children need in an education and how to provide it.

We have 4 children…one is a full-grown-living-on-her-own woman and the other three are 10 and under. The oldest spent the majority of her school years in public school except for a short stint of homeschooling when we moved mid-year into another mid-year. We had a great time, but I was itching to put my newly minted college degree to work.

Fast forward 10 years and here I am in my third year of homeschooling.

Why I Chose to Homeschool My Military Kids

What happened? A few things influenced this decision.

  • The school system we moved into was questionable.
  • We were only suppose to stay at this duty station for 1 year.
  • We aren’t interested in a public school environment any longer.

Homeschooling isn’t for the faint of heart, that is for sure.  It is different year-to-year and day-to-day.  Some days we have our “groove” on and others, well not so much. I am no where near ready to throw in the towel though.

Advantages of Homeschooling

  • Flexibility is at the top of the list. If my husband has a 3 day weekend we can plan a getaway or we can take a vacation during an “off” time.
  • The freedom to integrate different teaching methods is another advantage. My son might be considered ADD or ADHD or some other label because he doesn’t sit in one spot for long. That doesn’t mean he isn’t learning. Quite the contrary. He can rattle off lots of things, much to my surprise. We lay on the floor to read. We use an iPod app  for our math facts. Plus, I have one child that can read the socks off most pre-teens and she is in 2st grade so we move ahead.
  • Peer pressure is off the table. I know, I know “you can’t shelter them forever…blah, blah, blah.” Yeah, well we can shelter them for quite some time and I am happy to do so.  Did I mention that our oldest did the public school gig for the majority of her school years? How did YOU like middle school?  ‘Nuf said.
  • There is no homework.  Enough said.
  • Extracurriculars fit right into our homeschooling routine.  We get to do our “after school” activities during the day….piano, gymnastics, karate, etc.

Disadvantages of Homeschooling:

  • I don’t work outside the home any longer.  This is a huge disadvantage to me because I LOVE what I do as a financial counselor.
  • We are together 24/7, or just about. I don’t even need to elaborate more on this.
  • We fight. Yep, it is ugly sometimes. There are times they don’t want to do their schoolwork and times when I want to get what I want done and they aren’t participating to my satisfaction.

I could actually list many more advantages, but I will not bore you. I do know that I am blessed to be able to stay home with my children and provide them this option. I really don’t want to ever lose sight of that!

Homeschool supplies image from Lyn Lomasi’s Flickr feed.

Do you homeschool your children?  What motivated you to make the leap?  Challenges?  Triumphs?  Share them below!

3 COMMENTS

  1. beautiful post Jennifer! my son will be starting Kindergarten next year and there is a cooperative charter school nearby that offers 2 days in school and 3 days homeschool — with Abigail only in part-time preschool again next year this might be a chance for me to have him home more, for at least 1 more year! right now, both kids LOVE school and we’ve been lucky to send them to a play-based school that teaches while playing. public school scares me especially during all of these impressionable years!

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