S is for school buses. They’re one of the most common places for bullies to do their thing, and our children don’t have to deal with them. You can say the same thing for Schoolyards and Schoolrooms, where student bullies (and sometimes teacher-bullies) abound. The increasing number of children who are bullied in school will be affected by the experience for the rest of their lives. How fortunate our homeschooled children are that they don’t have to deal with school bullies!
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R is for real life. Real life isn’t spent in one room with 30 other people born within a year of your birth. Real life is:
- spent in the real world, meeting people of all ages and getting to know them.
- It’s spent with newborns as well as the elderly.
- It’s spent actively learning about the world around you instead of learning about it from a textbook.
- It’s spent making meals and cleaning house as well as learning to add up the cost of groceries or how to read a restaurant menu.
Homeschooled kids are blessed because, unlike their publicly schooled age-mates, they get to be out in the real world learning about real life.
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Q is for quiet. When you’re with your kids all the time, the need for quiet slowly builds up in your system until one day it overwhelms you.
Instead of losing it with your kids because you’ve reached your noise and interruption limit, why not plan for specific times of quiet that will allow you to recharge? Make appointments on your calendar for regular walks by yourself, solo visits to the public library, dates with your laptop at the local coffee shop, or alone time spent on your favorite pastime (mine’s quilting).
To truly enjoy these noisy years of learning with your children, you need the balance of quiet times on your own.
The teen years can be great ones if you go in with your eyes open. Check out “Ten Tips for Coping with Temperamental Teens.” (PDF)
P is for patience. Many people say that they could never homeschool their children because they don’t have enough patience.
What they don’t realize is that you develop patience as you homeschool your children. It’s not something you must bring to the table; your desire to help them learn is what helps you develop patience. You’ll find that when you rush them, they don’t learn more quickly; instead, you and they get frustrated.
As you mature in your parenting abilities, you’ll find that patience becomes your best friend. It makes your day run more smoothly. And the patience you demonstrate will teach your kids about patience, too.
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O is for outdoors. When I was a schoolgirl, I lived for recess. Those 15 minutes on the sunny playground were a brief and much-appreciated respite from the boredom of the classroom.
Homeschooled kids are fortunate to be able to go outside far more often than schoolchildren; in fact, much of their learning can be done outside, whether it’s sitting on a blanket reading, or catching and observing insects or worms before letting them loose again.
While there are health benefits to being outside, such as gaining Vitamin D from sunshine and being able to breathe fresh air, there are also emotional benefits of exercise and play, which create endorphins that help our children feel good. How fortunate homeschooled children are to be able to enjoy the outdoors during the week instead of just on weekends!
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