Homeschooling And Flexibility ~ The Greatest Unexpected Gift

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When we began our homeschooling journey a couple of months ago, I never expected the flexibility it really offers. While I knew it would give us some freedom to do other things at our leisure, I didn’t fully understand the actuality of it all until last week. Life gave me some lemons.  I’d like to share them with you!  Please allow me to explain.

Actual Flexibility jumping in the street

As I’ve already mentioned, I loved the idea of being able to do things during the day. If my kiddos were in school, they’d have to miss learning time for appointments, etc. We’ve had the freedom to make midweek appointments since we began homeschooling, all without having to miss academic time. My darlings have also been able to work ahead in their curriculum, putting them ahead of the ‘lesson plan’.  We are free to go places on a whim, without the fear of missing something.

Even Greater Freedom breaking handcuffs - freedom

When we began to home school, I was aware of the fact that my parents were planning a visit sometime in September or October. The plan was that they would stay with us for at least a week. Knowing this, our kiddos and I were able to plan accordingly and get the work done ahead of time. Because I’ve got a part time job outside the home, it made it a little challenging, but we were successful!

Visits And Vacation suitcase and flowers

My wonderful parents graced us with their presence last week. Because we made the decision to home school, the kids and I were able to stay home with them for the week and spend time with them!   If they were in public school and I was teaching, that wouldn’t have happened. The time we were able to spend with them was amazing!  My dad’s a carpenter by trade, and I had plenty of projects to keep him busy – but we were able to help him to accomplish the tasks at a quicker pace. (The poor guy hardly had a second to relax, what with finishing a garage, building a shed and many other things! He’s a true miracle worker! Thank you, dad!) My parents are both huge blessings!

The Question I Didn’t Hesitate To Answer woman surrounded in question marks

While here, my beautiful mama asked if I planned on going back to teaching. They both have been very supportive, but questioned the decision to home school.  I mean, who gets a degree in education, teaches for 12 years, and then decides to quit?  Me. They also know I’ve always wanted to home school, so it wasn’t a complete shock.  Anyway, to answer my mom’s question, I told her that I wasn’t planning on it. While I might not home school for the rest of the kids’ schooling, I don’t think I’ll get back into a classroom. I’m enjoying my life too much right now to get back to the 9-5.

Further Discussion woman with hands up

We had a ton of fun with my parents. Grammie and Papa are the best grandparents my kids could ask for. My side of the family has had a bit of GOOD shifting going on, so my parents were eager to head home and get to work on their next project – building a new home. While here, we also discussed the possibility of the kids and I being able to drive to see them in a couple of months, only made possible by the opportunity to home school! My husband is a teacher, so he won’t be able to join us if we do go, but it’s an option that the kids and I are very much looking forward to!  Regardless, this is just another opportunity that this lifestyle awards us with!

How We Make It Happen desk full of work

If you’ve been following along in our blog, you know a little of our recent history. In order for me to stay home with the kids, we had to see first if we could sell our home, making it possible. We sold our home in record time, allowing us to purchase a smaller home and downsize just a bit. This created a solid opportunity for us to live off of the mister’s income. But if you know me, you know I’ve got a little of my father’s blood in me and cannot sit still for too long. I have a part time job outside of the home that allows me the flexibility to bring the kiddos along (where they are also able to work on the day’s school work).

If That’s Not Enough Woman with options

The part time work is good. It’s enough. I’m extremely thankful for it.  However, it’s seasonal. Busy times are summers and early fall. Knowing that, I began looking into other side gigs, primarily online opportunities. I looked everywhere from taking surveys, editing, reviewing apps and websites, virtual assistant positions, transcription, etc. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be blogging. I (very) accidentally stumbled upon an amazing opportunity. I snatched it up and haven’t looked back.

For Those Seeking More  kids searching for something in a tree trunk

I found something that has filled a void in my world. The result has been this blog and another. I have always enjoyed writing and what a better way to document our homeschooling journey than to blog?!   I need to do a better job of it, that’s for sure. However, this has provided me a way to create a lasting place to paste our memories and encourage others to do the same! The part time job has lightened as of late, so I’ll be able to spend more time here documenting our memory-making and learning! I’m also allowed more time to work on my new and latest side gig – affiliate marketing!

No More Void beautiful flower

If you are like me and looking for ways to help people, then I have an opportunity for you!  What’s great about it is that it’s completely free – for forever, if you desire it!   If you have a desire to write or blog, even better!  If not, don’t worry!  The opportunity I’m recommending will walk you through every step in the free training! You’ll learn to create a website (literally in seconds) and learn about affiliate marketing. Whether you’re a complete beginner like I was or have a background in it, it’s for you! The platform caters to the newbies and the experienced alike.

Interested? outstretched hand

If you want to check it out for free on me, I would love to offer you what I know. You can read more about this opportunity here. I’ve created another blog detailing all the main benefits it offers. If you’re not interested in reading my personal experiences, you are more than welcome to check it out for yourself. The direct link to your free sign up is here. Please do check it out. If you’re on the fence, no worries! I was too! There’s absolutely no catch or credit card needed. Free means free, my friend!

Final Thoughts lemons and lemonade

Life has a funny way of presenting opportunities. Oftentimes, we think we have it all figured out, only to find out that we don’t have a clue. Am I right? If you have it all figured out, please drop me some advice in the comments below! I’d love to hear how you’re managing it! If you’re at all like me, life has its ups and many downs, but we figure it out. Life has given me a couple of lemons lately, and coincidentally, it’s just enough to make a few glasses of lemonade. Homeschooling has given me more quality time with my littles and an opportunity I never knew existed – the ability to learn how to earn some passive income from a company I cannot promote enough. Take my advice – I’m giving you a few lemons. Do you like lemonade? 🙂

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12 thoughts on “Homeschooling And Flexibility ~ The Greatest Unexpected Gift”

  1. Nate Stone says:

    Hi, 

    I have been toying with the idea of home schooling for a little while now!

    I’d like my kids to spend some time learning about how to run a business, finances and that side of things, which just isn’t covered as part of UK schooling. 

    The main thing I worry about is the social element though, any ideas on how to get around that and how I can make sure the social element of their development doesn’t suffer?

    1. admin says:

      Hey, Nate!  Thank you for stopping by!  I appreciate your thoughts here!  As far as socializing, my daughter is in jazz, tap, and ballet – as well as some youth sporting events.  Both kids visit our ‘daycare’ in town a few times a month.  We also have several family friends who have children around the same ages as ours.  It’s working great for us!  You should give it a try!  I would love to teach my kiddos about business and finance when they’re a little older!  Go for it!  

  2. Stephanie says:

    During college, I had a friend that had been homeschooling her kids for the last couple of years, and she enjoyed it so much. It didn’t interfere with her studying, and she had more time with her kids to do every activity they desired. I think homeschooling is a great idea, but if course, there are some other factors that I’m not so sure about. One of them being the social skills of the child’s life. What other things can you do to incorporate social learning into homeschooling? 

    1. admin says:

      Hi, Stephanie!  We are so happy that we’ve decided to homeschool.  I just am so excited about all of the freedom it affords.  Socially, my daughter is taking some dance and ballet classes.  She also has sleepovers with her friends on a regular basis.  My son, who’s four, enjoys time with friends at the daycare a few times a month.  Because we know its importance, we make it a priority to get the kiddos some socialization!  We also have quite a few friends who have kiddos around the same ages as ours.  It’s working really well!  Thank you for stopping by and commenting!  Blessings to you!

  3. Alejandra says:

    Hi,

    I’m happy I’ve found your blog today to read about how you’re working on homeschooling.

    I’m a mom of 3 your adults and grandma of 2 little ones, if I’ve know about homeschooling when my children were young I think I would do it.

    As you mention on your article, it gives you the opportunity to be with your children more time, and I think it can be a great opportunity to learn together about many things.

    I’ve heard about some families that are on it today from different countries and it gives them the opportunity to work from home and to travel with the family without the need to wait for vacations periods from regular schools. I also have heard from families that had moved from one country to other while working with their kids, and I think that is a great way to do it.

    Children might be happy to stay at home and to learn from parents while doing something else, like traveling or to visit grand-parents or friends.

    I visited your other website, and it looks like it’s as interesting and good like this one, thanks for sharing the link to it!

    1. admin says:

      Hello Alejandra!  The opportunity to teach our littles is the best thing ever.  I was a teacher and loved watching lightbulbs come on in the faces of my students.  It’s no different with my own children.  I love being able to explore with them and see them learn new things!  We have opened up an entire world of opportunities, for which I’m very thankful for!  Thanks for peaking at my other site as well!  You’re the best!  I hope you gained some additional knowledge!  Be blessed, my friend!  🙂

  4. Kate says:

    As a person that has jobs that are mostly from home, I really like the idea of homeschooling. I think you made a great decision for you and your kids because it provides great flexibility to do other stuff in your life too. It is so nice that you and your family had enough time to enjoy the company of your parents! I have one question though. What activities do you and your kids do in order for them to socialize?

    1. admin says:

      Hi there, Kate!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Thanks for your comments regarding homeschooling!  It really is the best decision for our family!  As far as the socializing bit (which is very important), my daughter is taking some dance classes in another town and we visit our daycare on a regular basis.  We also have several friends who have children around the same age!  Thanks for asking!  

  5. I am going on my 11th year of homeschooling my kiddos, and gradated my first in May. The flexibility is amazing and spending quality time with my kids is the most important to me. I wouldn’t change anything for the world. It has been and will continue to be an amazing journey for us. I still have many more years to go. Best wishes!

    1. admin says:

      Thank you for visiting, Heather! I’m happy to meet another homeschool mama! Congratulations on your 11th year! That’s nothing short of amazing! We are very much enjoying the flexibility and the memory-making! Good luck as you continue your journey with your kiddos! May you be bountifully blessed!

  6. Jason Kang says:

    Hi.

    Thank you for your intro to homeschooling. I have a daughter who will be 4 years old in a month, and I am highly interested in my daughter’s education like most parents.

    Let me ask you some questions regarding the contents of this blog. You have indicated several benefits of home-schooling. My first question is “Does it mean that you are not sending your kids to school? If so, are you teaching your kids yourself?” If your answer is yes, do you recommend home-schooling to the parents in general? To me, home-schooling might be difficult for most parents because they have no idea about the best education methodology. Also, I still believe that children need to spend a lot of time in school for their socialization as well as learning knowledge.

    Probably, home-schooling is a possible option for you because you know what and how to teach your kids thanks to your experience as a teacher for many years. Can you please share your thought?

    I think there are a lot of things I can learn from you. Hope to hear some advice from you. Thank you, and I look forward to hearing from you.

    1. admin says:

      Hi, Jason! To answer your questions, I do not send our kiddos to public school. This was the first year we kept them home. It had nothing to do with the teaching staff or the district; both are wonderful. I just took on a change and since I was already going to be home, we figured, why not keep the kiddos with me? I am responsible for their curriculum, of course. I’m excited about it, as I know the state regulations, etc. I honestly believe that homeschooling is the best choice for our family, right now. It may not be for everyone, but it’s working for us. It does help that I have been a teacher for 12 years. If you’re willing to do the research and make sure you have met all the qualifications for your state or country, then I would recommend it. It’s a wonderful way to learn and experiment WITH your children and you can control the learning that takes place.

      I also understand your concern about socialization. It is very important! For us, my kiddos come along with me to my part-time jobs, where they’re able to socialize with adults and the public. My daughter is in tap, jazz, and ballet, where she mingles with kiddos her age. We also spend time at parks and at our local preschool, where my son is able to play with his friends. Luckily for us, we have many adult friends who have children in the same age-range as ours. We get together quite often. It can be a challenge if you don’t have those options.

      Please feel free to reach out if you have further questions, Jason. We’re loving the opportunities that home school is allowing us! It can work for you as well if it’s on your heart. Best wishes to you as you make your decision. Blessings!

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