Recently, my family and I were driving home after a birthday dinner at a neighborhood restaurant. As we drove home, I listened to my 3 kids in the backseat. They were joyfully discussing math – even the kid who claims to hate it! As we drove they continued discussing math concepts and math problems, thoroughly enjoying themselves. I love these moments.
These moments don’t happen everyday, but they happen often enough that continually reinforce the idea that homeschooling was the right choice for our family.
Another moment many years ago involved my two older kids. I caught my them reading together while they were waiting for supper. My oldest was reading a space encyclopedia and my other child was reading a Dr Seuss book. My oldest had enjoyed spending free time reading for quite some time. My other child would complain because his playmate wanted to read. That day was the first moment that I saw them enjoy reading together!
Another moment happened just the other day. My youngest child has not enjoyed math. She just finished Singapore 5B and we moved on to Art of Problem Solving Pre-Algebra. As she began to dig into the book, I saw smiles and an eagerness to figure the problems out.
While I love the moments where I see a lightbulb come on, moments when I hear my children reading their first book, and moments where I see my child successfully finish a paper or project, my favorite moments are when I see my children enjoy learning. When these moments happen, I treasure them. And I know that homeschooling was the right choice for our family.
What moments have convinced you that homeschooling was the right choice for your family? Please share in the comments.