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 mama’s mind. 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’s fun hearing what the kiddos think about our adventures in homeschooling.
We’d love to hear what your kids have to say on this topic!… Go ask your kiddos these same questions!