We often hear adults sharing their views on homeschooling. Most of us weigh in with our thoughts, opinions, and experiences. But, how often do our children get a voice? When are they allowed to share their thoughts on the whole homeschooling thing? Well… how about now?
My four kiddos: They’re silly, creative, adventurous, mostly obedient, and the sweetest bunch you’ll meet. When they aren’t talking your ears off, they’re usually sitting in a corner with their noses in a book or creating something which baffles this adult’s mind on the computer. Today, they’re sharing their thoughts on all things homeschool. (Take it with a grain of salt!)
What We Like About Homeschooling
- We don’t have to go to ‘school’.
- We don’t have to wake up early.
- We don’t have to have vaccines.
- No homework.
- We can skip stuff.
- No school uniform.
- We don’t have to worry about getting in trouble with the teacher.
- We don’t have eight hours of work.
- We don’t have to wait for our classmates to catch up; we go as fast as we are able.
- We work at our own pace.
- We’re with our family.
- We know everyone in class.
- The teacher helps you more.
- We can get up whenever we
- Lots of field trips.
What We DON’T Like About Homeschooling
- Um… (crickets)
- You have to actually learn.
- When you don’t want to do school, your parents tell you it builds character.
- You still have to do chores.
What We’d Do Differently
- Rewards for doing perfect work.
- No school at all. (As if!!!)
- Doing school work in a different order than I do now (of my own choosing).
- More hands-on activities.
- More field trips.
- Learn more elective activities, which aren’t necessarily academic but are definitely useful (e.g. archery, horseback riding, swimming).
What We’d Tell Families Who Are Considering Homeschooling
- We learn more than we would have in public school.
- We have more flexibility.
- We pick our own routines.
- We have more field trips.
- We spend more time focusing on the academic studies we are interested in.
- We can school huddled under mounds of blankets.
- We can homeschool with our dog.
- We grow closer as a family.
- We read books all day long (even between subjects).
- We can catch up on subjects we’re behind in much faster.
- Our parents know exactly what we’re learning.
While I don’t believe in giving kids everything they want (the multiple requests for more candy are definitely falling on deaf ears), I do believe in allowing our children to voice their opinions. Some of their suggestions were helpful; we could definitely be enjoying a few more field trips and hands-on activities are always fun. Others; well… let’s just say they will be shelved for now.
Either way, it was fun hearing what the kiddos thought about our adventures in homeschooling.
🔔Time to Chime In: Go ask your kiddos these same questions! We’d love to hear their thoughts.