Life has been crazy at the Strauss house. After our trip to Boston, I was down for the count for the week after with illness. My how life piles up when mom isn't functioning! I actually was thankful for the opportunity to rest and the opportunity to get a little help from my kids with my blog. They are already such a big part of what I write, but in the spirit of Thanksgiving, my daughter wanted to write her 17 (because it's a cool number) reasons to be thankful for homeschooling. So here is Grace's (age 11) debut blog post:
17 Reasons to be Thankful for Homeschooling:
- I can be with my family all the time. At public school you'd be in different classes and so I am glad I get to be with my brother and sister a lot.
- I get to help pick what I learn. After mom's planned the basic subjects, she lets me help decide what I'd like to learn. This year I wanted to focus on Latin and Geography more.
- My mom is my teacher. My mom knows and understands me way better than someone you just meet and spend time with for just a year.
- If I have a problem, I can work it out right away with my teacher. I get one on one help from my mom during school, not just after school.
- I can be done with school when I finish my work. At public school, if I'm faster than everybody, I'd just have to sit there and wait. At home I get to move on after I finish.
- We can do things and learn things as a family. We read good books together and discuss scientists and artists. It makes things fun.
- Whenever I am sick, I can finish my work a different day and not like fail the class for missing a day.
- I get to stay at home to learn. I love my home. I'm a homebody, so I enjoy having school at my kitchen table and couch!
- I get to learn in unique ways. We don't always stay at home for school. Sometimes we go to gardens, or museums, or Niagara Falls to learn!
- Some days I do school in my pajamas. Who wouldn't be thankful for that?!
- Occasionally, I sleep in a bit later. I'm not a super early morning person. If I get started a little later, I get my school done quickly because my mind is ready to work.
- My school includes the comforts of home like a soft blanket and warm slippers. In the winter we do school by the fire, and in the spring, recess is in the pool.
- We have the freedom to travel in the middle of the school year.
- I love to play the piano, and I have more time to practice during the day once I've finished my other work.
- We get to be a part of a homeschool community that allows us to still have discussions about what we're learning with our friends.
- Being at home all day long, not only do we learn basic subjects, but we get to learn to cook and clean. I especially like helping my mom make dinner plans for the week and going grocery shopping with her.
- Our homeschool lets us talk about God during school. I don't think it's right to not be allowed to talk about God in school.