Monday, December 16, 2013

Homeschool (Freedom to Travel)

There are so many reasons that we decided to educate our girls ourselves, but I want to start sharing and documenting a few of those reasons here. 

Every day I see benefits of schooling the girls. Sibling bonding, growth in faith, freedom from other peoples schedules, more challenging work in a style that best fits each child, pajama days and so on. 

Don't get me wrong, we have days that we all need a mental break, physical break and more often than not, this mama needs a time out because of bad behavior and anger management. 

But today I want to share one specific reason that we homeschool. (I'll touch on a lot of them as the year goes on!)


When Arly was in first grade, we had planned a trip to go back home to South Dakota for our little summer vacation the middle of June. Joel had taken the time off of work and we had planned this little trip for quite a while. When I told the school that she would miss the last 2 days of school for the year, they told me what an inservice I was doing to my 6 year old. All I could think was 'aren't you just doing field trips and parties anyway?'

When I had to sign permission slips so we could go be with our family, that really didn't sit well with me. 

One thing I love about homeschooling is the freedom to travel where and when we want or need. 

In the past 3 weeks, we were able to go back to South Dakota and see our new niece and just snuggle her for almost a week! We were able to go to 3 different family Thanksgivings and see so many people we love without worrying about our schedule or homework, or the thought of 'did I call the school?'

We had the opportunity to use those 12 days on the road, spending time with family and even celebrating a little ones first birthday with no stress because we had already did our schoolwork before we left Montana. 

Now this week we are schooling from the hotel room (and maybe by the pool!) while we are on the road with Joel. 
(My view from where I sit at this very moment)

Joel and I both love the fact that when we has to travel for work, the girls and I can usually just jump in the car with him and hit the road... Especially on his week long trips. We love to be together as a family and having this freedoms suits is well! 

Do you homeschool? What kind of travel freedom have you enjoyed lately?


1 comment:

  1. Amen sister! I love it for that reason too! As you know, this is our first year homeschooling, but the freedom to travel has already come into play! We were able to go to Disney World for a week while everyone else was in school....that was awesome, but when my grandfather suddenly passed away the day after we got home, it was no big deal to pack everyone and everything up and ahead home. I didn't have to worry about how many days she had missed or calling the school or any of that. We just left.
    I love homeschooling for the fact that we can (and do!) travel as we pleas! Hooray for homeschooling!