By now, I hope you have read my 3 flashback posts. This is going to be super confusing if you skipped those!
With my son away at college and armed with the new information about my two daughters, I started on a quest to find the best academic fit for my girls. I Googled and read and emailed and contacted and toured and applied and did so many things…
Nothing was the right fit.
I won’t bore you with all of my thoughts, but homeschooling became the obvious option for our family.
This new adventure began in the fall of 2012 for my youngest daughter and in the fall of 2013, my other daughter joined us at home, too.
Hundreds of reasons came clearly into view once we researched what homeschooling is all about and once we started on this homeschooling journey, a million more became evident.
Here are the 5 BIG reasons we love homeschooling our profoundly gifted daughters:
1. Freedom to do education our way
Probably one of the most popular reasons to homeschool is the freedom our country gives parents to educate their children in a way that fits each unique family.
Yes, homeschooling is illegal in some countries, like Germany, and each state in the United States has its own laws to govern home education.
For my family, this freedom allows my daughters to both be enrolled in college and still study spelling, history and writing at home. We have the freedom to learn 4 years of math in 6 months…and yes, that happened.
There isn’t a public or private school out there that can meet the asynchronous academic needs of my daughters, hence the need to homeschool in the first place.
We can educated as quickly or as slowly as needed.
And, we always educate for mastery, not completion.
Yes, my daughters are in college. They started taking classes when they were 10 and 12.
2. Freedom of expression
I get it. My kids are unusual. I have working eyeballs and mommy friends and an active Facebook account…I see the way kids dress and the activities they enjoy doing with their friends.
My 12 year old runs her own charity and wants to open an orphanage. She is a 2nd degree black belt, a master speller and is a reading machine. The 11 year old loves Johnny Cash, Elvis, bones, primitive tools, dissections, oddities, conjoined twins and sign language. She wants to be a gynecologist.
My girls can be themselves without people constantly telling them how “weird” they appear…though it still happens once in awhile, the negativity does not consume them on a daily basis and I think it gives them each a chance to be comfortable in their originality and confident enough to withstand the occasional teasing.
3. Freedom to live anywhere
A year after we started our homeschooling journey, I realized we could live anywhere. School district boundaries no longer decided where our home needed to be built.
We moved to 5.5 acres so our girls could run and play and dig and go on adventures and just be outside!
Nature tends to calm the anxiety and frustrations of our youngest daughter and it is a peaceful environment for all of us!
4. Freedom to explore interests
My oldest daughter loves marine biology. My youngest daughter is passionate about American Sign Language. Neither one of those subjects are taught in traditional public or private schools.
Homeschooling gives my girls the freedom to explore, study, research and enjoy whatever interests they choose to pursue–for as long as they wish.
It also gives me the freedom to pick and choose knowledgeable teachers to teach those different subjects.
5. Freedom to travel and learn “in person”
Ok, let me just say this now–NO, we did not choose to homeschool because we can travel to Walt Disney World whenever we want (preferably when the crowd levels are low).
BUT, it is a delightful perk of homeschooling! LOL!
Now that my daughters are both taking college classes, our travel options are not as open as they once were…however, my girls prefer to learn “in person”.
What does “in person” mean?
Hands on projects, experiencing academics–not just reading from a textbook.
We visit so many museums, experience so many cool adventures and focus on experiencing the learning process. Just wait for those review posts to start popping up!
We never read about something in a textbook and take a test the next day.
My girls want to build and create and be active learners–and I love the challenge of discovering how to make that happen– homeschooling provides the option to do just that.
That is why I am obsessed with museums. Click here to read a review of our favorite museum in Oklahoma!
So, now you know all about my little family.
I hope my honestly didn’t cause all of you to run for the hills.