If you have been following me on my Instagram then you probably already know that this year my son started Kindergarten. He was attending a public charter school that was 100% virtual. At the time, we believed that was the best fit for him. Giving everything that was going in the world it just seemed best to me and my husband to have him home with us and to learn online. After one short month we made the decision to completely take his education in our own hands to homeschool him. We have been homeschooling for 5 months now and I can honestly say it was the best decision for him and for us.
Reasons for Homeschooling
Before I get into our reasons for deciding to switch from virtual school to homeschool, let me just say that I am in no way, shape, or form trying to convince you to homeschool your child. I am just sharing our journey with you all and speaking on why this is the best decision for my family. Also, this is not a diss to anyone that is doing virtual school, it just wasn’t the best thing for my son.
Now that we have gotten that out the way, lets dive into it.
As I stated previously, we started the school year off with my son attending school 100% virtually. From the very beginning I started to have some concerns with the amount of time he would have to sit in front of a computer. Another reason, was that at his particular school there was about 42 kids in his class which left little to no one on one time with the teacher. One of the major reasons why we decided to homeschool was my son. His behavior started to change towards learning. He was not enjoying it anymore and the amount of work that was required for a 5 year old in one day was ridiculous. I knew right then an there that I had to make a change that would benefit him more.
Why Homeschool Works For Us
After doing my research on homeschooling, I filed the necessary paperwork with my state to get him started. Within these five months, I have learned so much about homeschooling and have seen the wonderful benefits that comes with it. One great benefit is that my son can learn at his own pace and that it doesn’t have to be school structured. You can learn doing just about anything. Everyday with everything, there’s an opportunity to learn. Also, he’s no longer sitting in front of a computer for six hours at a time during the day. We have chosen a curriculum that does have some online work that needs to be done but it’s nowhere near that time. I also love the flexibility that it offers.
I was able to see what areas my son thrive in and what areas we needed to spend some extra time on. Also, there no need to worry about him not getting to socialize with kids his age because there are plenty of homeschool co-op options for him. Homeschool Co-Op programs are programs that give homeschool kids the change to get together to socialize and learn. My son now looks forwards to our homeschool time because it doesn’t feel like school. We’re just having fun while learning and he loves it.
Be on the look out for content surrounding more of our homeschool experience. In the next coming blog posts, I will be sharing what our homeschool days looks like and our homeschool schedule. Yes, learning can be fun but I still love to have structure for my son and a schedule. I think that makes everything run smoothly.
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