Homeschooling: A Five Year Journey

This is our fifth year homeschooling.  It is hard to believe that five years have gone by since my oldest started school, but pictures don’t lie.  We have had the tradition of first day pictures since my oldest started Kindergarten way back in 2007.

 2007

Kids in school:  Oldest son in Kindergarten

2008

Kids in school:  Oldest son in 1st grade and younger son in relaxed Junior Kindergarten

2009

Kids in school:  Oldest son in 2nd grade and younger son in Senior Kindergarten.  My little girl was too active to capture in a photograph that day.

2010

Kids in school:  Oldest son in 3rd grade and younger son in 1st grade.  My little girl was 2 and she spent her days playing.

2011

Kids in school:  Oldest son in 4th grade and younger son in 2nd grade.  My little girl is 3 and she spends most of her day playing.  


Along the way I have discovered the biggest con of homeschooling is time.  It takes time to homeschool.  It takes time to prepare.  It takes time to research the best way to teach my kids.  It takes time to sit down and teach.  It takes time to snuggle on the couch reading a good book.  At the same time I have discovered the biggest benefit of homeschooling is time.  Time passes so fast. Kids are little one day and nearly eye to eye in height the next.  Homeschooling gives me time with my children.  It gives my children time with me.  It gives my children time with each other.  Academics are important in our house, but so are relationships.  Homeschooling gives us the best of both worlds.

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