Why Is Homeschool Learning So Good For Our Kids?
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One of the great gifts of homeschool learning is deep, engaging, thoughtful conversation.
It is part of every day in most homeschool rooms.
Questions are welcome.
Student-led learning is embraced.
Life is flexible.
Also, the welcome inclusion of a creative imagination set free,
can steer you in the most lovely and thought-provoking directions.
The entire world a classroom.
Parents and students are both eager for contemplative questions, deep truths, and honest answers.
Even the admission of ignorance when no one in the house has the answer to a truly trying question can lead to the best discoveries.
Everyone is so anxious to find the answers from experts who are almost always surprisingly ready to address even the most difficult questions if you only have the courage to ask.
Frequent field trips to visit the experts (museums, universities, zoos, planetariums, historic sites, archivists, town historians, local newspapers, factories, tv stations, libraries, and on and on) feel like more of an adventure than a lesson.
Experts become friends, ready to teach with passion and hands-on activities.
Ready to share their knowledge with enthusiasm.
Homeschool offers so many experiences.
Beautiful unhurried learning experiences.
One after the next.
Day after day.
Inside and outside.
Among family, friends, and often animals.
We are not teaching for the test (or the funding).
But teaching for a better tomorrow.
For a better life.
Developing character and morality as well as sharpening math skills and absorbing world history.
Homeschoolers learn together in our homemade lab’s, goggles on, and a fire extinguisher close at hand, and then later that same day we learn different, equally important lessons in local soup kitchens, our paring knife ready, our hearts open, grateful to serve.
One day we are building a diorama and the next a house for a family in need.
Learning how to use the compass, the calculator, the stove, the hammer, and a pen.
Knowing them each to have their own unique power.
Homeschooling is often delivered raw, exactly as a lesson originally appears, not prepared and transformed for presentation, but just real, in-the-moment learning that thoroughly addresses the student,
where he sits…
wondering about all the wonders in the world.
And where he sits free to ask aloud, to dig deep into the books and resources, to seek the answers.
Learning is done every day in many different ways, and all are good.
Learning is good.
But I confess I am partial to this homeschool way above all others.
Because first and foremost what we seek to teach from home is a love of learning itself combined with an appreciation of the beautiful and unique mind and heart of our precious student(s).
And then also to empower them with tools and instill within them a desire to become an adult who is ready, willing, and able to encounter the world that needs them.
Eager to lend a helping hand.
To jump in and work hard until solutions have been achieved.
Confident and ready to make a difference.
Because they have already seen that they can change the world for the better.
Over and over again.
Day after day.
Experience after experience.
There are countless reasons that I adore this lifestyle of homeschool learning. In fact, I wrote several out in this post: My Top Ten Reasons To Homeschool.
This does not mean that homeschool learning is always bliss. It’s hard work. Really, really hard, self-sacrificial work. It is a job. And I am not going to lie, it includes fear, frustration, and burn-out (I’ve written about that too right here –Homeschool Mom Burnout is a Real Thing.) But the rewards, the experiences, the gifts it gives back make it so worth it. I wouldn’t want to live any other way.
What is your student’s favorite part of homeschool learning? What do you each see as the greatest advantages to this homeschool life we have chosen? Let me know in the comments section below. I love to hear from you.
Wishing you a life well-lived,
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