Why We Homeschool our Children

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Today I open up a new “tab” for Smallish, so to speak. This post shares why we chose to homeschool our children, at least for now.

We have home schooled for three years, and this year we have hit a good groove. My kids are the ages of a kindergartner and a first grader, as well as a three year old and a two year old. Life is never boring. πŸ˜‰ Intentional living for us now includes educating our children, along with our continual journey to purposefully limit our belongings, keep a green mindset, and life out the gospel of Jesus as best we know how.Β I am discovering that I truly enjoy home educating our children. We don’t necessarily believe it is the best option for everyone or every kid, but for now it feels right.

Homeschooling is a natural outflow of our family’s commitment to intentionally living small. It places quality family time as a priority. It is the best use of our time and resources for this season. Doing school at home truly is life-giving to me and to our school-aged children.

Homeschooling is a natural outflow of our family’s commitment to intentionally living small. It places quality family time as a priority. It is the best use of our time and resources for this season. Doing school at home truly is life-giving to me and to our school-aged children.

Family time is a very important value to us. We generally approach life as a team unit, and homeschooling is a natural extension of that mindset.Β We are blessed now to have the ability to enjoy sit-down meals three times a day that allow for bonding and chatting. And also telling the two year old to stay in his seat 8 times. Many afternoons we can be found doing somethingβ€”gardening, a walk, an errands runβ€”as a family. I believe that close family relationships are built intentionally, and we hope that strong friendship bonds will be a result of our choice to do education at home. Home education allows for ample intentional family time, and we love that we can integrate our normal, daily life into the traditional schooling of our offspring.

Intentional living for our family has always been about using our resources wisely, to the best of our ability, whether those resources are our money, time, or personal gifts. We continue to grow/struggle/learn in the area of finances (some months are better than others) and our other main resource is time. Largely, homeschooling is the best use of our time in this stage of life.Β Our time is well spent because we aren’t rushing to get out the door to drop the kids off at school every day. The kids are involved in a cottage program which lasts one full day a week, so there is one “school-out-of-the-house” day, and the break is our schedule is welcome when that day rolls around. Homeschooling allows the gifts of slow, of making breakfast together, of the kids learning to help with daily chores, of nature walks with friends and the added benefit of getting to work on living peacefully with one another all.day.long. πŸ˜‰

Our decision to home educate for this season also relates to living with less. Minimalism, at its core, is the removal of unnecessary to let the paramount shine. Another definition of minimalism is not owning/doing anything which is not life-giving for your soul (within reason). We live in a small home, with less junk, first of all because we have learned that it is a lifestyle that brings joy and freedom to our lives. It turns out that homeschooling my children is something which brings joy to my life too! This realization comes in delightful waves. The difficult days are rough, but those sweet moments bring wild fulfillment.Β 

We are in the very early stages of homeschooling and so far we are very grateful that we have the opportunity to educate this way. We love it. I can’t say how long we will choose to do so or if it will be a good fit for each child. For now home educating is a natural extension of our family’s all-together approach to living intentionally, it is the best use of our resources, and it is life-giving to us. Home educating is not the easy road, but so far it is a highly rewarding one.

 

Photo byΒ Patrick ForeΒ onΒ Unsplash.

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18 Comments
  • Priscilla Bettis
    January 18, 2018

    Well said! We’re empty-nesters now, but I know homeschooling wasn’t for us. It didn’t fit ANY of our restless, independent personalities. I do admire families who homeschool, and I wish you good luck in your continuing homeschool journey.

    • Evelyn
      January 18, 2018

      Hi Priscilla! I wonder the same about our younger two kids. πŸ˜‰ Or if we will hit a year where we need to switch things up. I’m sure there will be! πŸ™‚ Thanks for commenting. Also… I popped over to your site for a minute and had fun seeing all your crafty creations. πŸ™‚

  • Jane Sasser
    January 18, 2018

    You do such an amazing job with them. I wouldn’t have had the patience to do it with my sons. We were ardent readers, but nobody was covering math, that’s for sure. πŸ™‚

    • Evelyn
      January 18, 2018

      πŸ™‚ We do our best! Some days that’s not very impressive… but it’s all we can ask. πŸ™‚

  • Rae
    January 18, 2018

    I feel like we must be kindred spirits! I have four kids (7, 5, 3, 2) and we are homeschooling with a very similar attitude. We also love in a smallish house (1200 sq. ft. and under construction) and purposefully limit our things. I always enjoy reading your posts.

    • Evelyn
      January 18, 2018

      Oh hey girl!! Yes we do sound like our lives are probably identical. πŸ˜€ Is your house never quiet either?? πŸ˜‰ Thanks for commenting!

  • Kathryn
    January 18, 2018

    I hadn’t thought of homeschooling as a part of simple living, but it makes sense. I homeschool as well, and although it has its challenges, it also affords a more peaceful and intentional way of learning and living life together.

    • Evelyn
      January 18, 2018

      Hi Kathryn, I’m glad you see the link between homeschooling and simple living too. πŸ™‚ It definitely gives us more freedom for intentionality.

  • Cheryl
    January 18, 2018

    I wish you the very best in your homeschooling journey! We have homeschooled since day one of kindergarten, and I tell you, I will NEVER regret it. Having that one-on-one time with our precious son each day is one of life’s greatest, ongoing gifts to me. I can’t believe he will graduate next year, Lord willing, and you can be sure I am squeezing every bit of joy out of every, single moment of our homeschooling journey…it makes me incredibly sad to even think of it being over. You never get those years back, that’s for sure, and, as for me, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I want to be the filter that determines what our son will and will not learn, at least as much as is possible, in this modern world. So, I applaud you…and I absolutely agree that homeschooling is a natural extension of the minimal, family-oriented, God-focused life that we want to live. It all goes hand in hand. πŸ™‚

    • Evelyn
      January 20, 2018

      Hi Cheryl, it’s good to hear from you! Your comment encourages me so much. I sure hope we can make it as far as you did. πŸ™‚

  • Dawn Madsen
    January 19, 2018

    Oh my goodness, this is VERY indpiring!!! Our oldest (2nd grade) has done great in school (they go to a charter school that emohasises outdoor play and project based learning) but our second (1st grade) has needed ALOT of extra help with reading and math and I’m noticing this in our 4 year old as well, so I’m constantly wondering if I could find curriculum that’s a better fit for their learning style and we could save some frustration. And the thoughts have crept in “what do I know about teaching!?!” But reading success stories encourages me!

    • Evelyn
      January 20, 2018

      I’m not sure I would call us a “success story” yet (haha!). But we certainly do our best, and that’s all we are called to do, I guess. πŸ™‚

  • Miranda
    January 19, 2018

    Yes! I love all your reasons for homeschooling! We also homeschool a first grader and kindergartener with 2 younger kids, and we love doing things all together and the fact that homeschooling might seem complicated to some people, but it actually simplifies our life. This was the first time finding your site- I love it!

    • Evelyn
      January 20, 2018

      Hi Miranda! So glad you found Smallish. πŸ™‚ Your site is beautifully designed and written. I agree that homeschooling has largely simplified our home life. I hear about the projects and activities that other friends’ kids are doing in school and I just couldn’t deal with that kind of stress! πŸ˜€

  • Hannah
    January 22, 2018

    We came very close to homeschooling a few years ago, and both the simple living aspect and family time were both big positives in the ‘pros’ column. We changed schools instead and they are happy and settled in school now. I would have loved to homeschool, but honestly, I think I would have struggled a bit too. Your story is very inspiring though, I love reading x

    • Evelyn
      January 23, 2018

      Hey Hannah! Thanks for sharing. So glad that you found the right fit for your kiddos and your family. I also think that simple living and white space can absolutely be achieved when your kiddos go to traditional school too. I’m sure you’re finding your balance! πŸ™‚ So glad to have you reading. <3

  • Debbie
    February 1, 2018

    I resonate with this so much. I chose to homeschool our kids this year because we moved in the middle of the school year and knew we would be. They’re 7, 6, 3.5 and 2 so I only do the older 2 and only the 7 year old by law has to be accounted for with paperwork. So who knows what I’ll do in years to come. πŸ™‚ But I too feel that it supports our desire to live more intentionally and slowly. I love not having to rush places! We had to do that last year and I didn’t like that. I’m enjoying it (usually) tihs year. Thanks for sharing this!

    • Evelyn
      February 4, 2018

      Thanks Debbie! I”m having fun dabbling around on your site. πŸ™‚ Loving your thoughts so far!

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