Hey guys! It’s been on my heart for some time now to share with you my ideas regarding homeschool. While there are countless reasons why anyone may choose to homeschool, I will explain a little about some of my family’s reasoning behind our decision to do so.
It all started when our oldest daughter, Romia, was in first grade. Romia was diagnosed with a condition called Central Precocious Puberty. If you are not familiar with it, I will give you a few details. It is an endocrinology condition that causes children (male or female) to grow at a faster rate than they should. This includes physical and sexual growth. You can read more here.
Due to this Central Precocious Puberty, Romia was taller than everyone in her class. We all know how kids are. Anyone “different” is someone to be made fun of and bully. Of course I do not blame the children. They only repeat what they see and hear. Needless to say, she was teased ALOT! I’m talking as soon as she would get in the car at pickup, the tears would flow! It was so bad, my husband and I met with her principal, teachers, and counselor. Nothing seemed to help.
Romia is a very intelligent young mind, but she was so emotionally overwhelmed, her grades began to decline. That was entirely unacceptable. We decided to give homeschool a try.
I will admit that I hated it! I was so stressed out trying to bring school home. I tried to take on the role of school teacher. I tried to make a schedule and tried to be all organized. All I actually did was set myself up for failure.
You know how it goes. You live and you learn. I read several blogs regarding homeschool. I finally realized that I was going about it all wrong. Every child learns and progresses differently. Romia gets bored easily. She needs to create and experience fun learning. I decided to let her take the lead.
For a while, we didn’t worry about school. It didn’t take long for Romia to get started asking questions. Her need to learn had kicked in. Now we just sort of go with the flow. I purchased a really awesome workbook on Amazon that has all subjects except for Science and Social Studies. It has been our best friend. She enjoys doing the exercises. For Science, she has free reign. She looks up things of her interest, and we experiment. Most of these experiments call for every day products most have already on hand.
I am so thankful that I didn’t give up on homeschooling, because my girls are so happy. I encourage anyone who feels homeschool is right for their family to not give up. It’s trial and error. You just have to find out what interests your child. See what gets them interested. It may take a while, but it is definitely worth it. When they ask questions, it’s super easy to turn those questions into lessons.
Thanks for reading! If you feel homeschool is right for you and your family, be encouraged. Don’t over think it. It’s a reward in itself in the end.