Sometimes posts like that can get me seeing only the problems with schooling at home, instead of seeing the blessings that are all around me. This post is about the blessings of schooling at home.
3. Fostering Independence. As much as I am thrilled that my lad is gaining independence in his learning, it also at times makes me sad...and that's a good thing. He's moving away from being a child needing direct supervision, to being a lad more responsible for his own learning. This is a good thing and I am so pleased to see that progress, though it makes me sad a bit to not be needed as much. :) I suppose the need now is in a different manner. Someone to share what he is learning...this is a good thing. I love the sharing. This video recently fascinated.
5. Curriculum choices. As hard as these are to make at times, it's great to be able to make choices and use some really great materials. I don't have to deal with someone else's choices of what works for them (whether it works for my lad or not). I can struggle with it, delight in it, see the understanding gleam in my lad's eyes and more. It's just GOOD. My choices for next year can be found here.
I have made friends while schooling my son. Friends on the crew (the review board that I am part of), friends on-line (through homeschooling forums) and friends in real life (through our homeschooling group). It is SO GOOD to have friends.
Friends to talk to, seek advice from, pray with, cry with, lean on for support. Friends are so key. It keeps one focused and grounded, broadens your experience, and gives you community to belong to. Friends to share meals with from foreign countries. To make crafts with it and go on nature walks. Such a wonder and joy to us.
This is indeed my biggest homeschool blessing.