5. You're Loving the Extra Time to Play, Explore, and Be Outdoors
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Homeschooling, especially for the young grades, takes a lot less time to complete daily lessons than a traditional school day.
Just the fact that kids get one-on-one instruction, you can move at your own pace, and you don’t have to wait for 30 kids to line up for trips to the bathroom means content is covered much more quickly.
This makes a lot more room in the day to explore your child’s interests, explore the outdoors, or just play.
Schools are limited in the amount of time kids get to move around and be outdoors and with the new COVID safety restrictions what this looks like is schools are likely to be even more limited.
Protecting your kid's opportunity to be young and have the chance to exercise their imagination is so valuable. Homeschooling makes extra room in their young lives for personal discoveries and playtime.
You may have noticed over this season at home that your kids have had time to play with toys that had once lost their appeal or that your yard and bikes have gotten a lot more use this spring.
Research shows that play-based learning is critical to help develop motivated lifelong learners. If considering what you want your children’s future schooling to look like, time for play and as they get older just time in the day for exercising and eating well is an important factor to consider.
My friend asked a homeschooled teenager their thoughts about homeschooling. She responded that she felt homeschooling was a healthier option.
She noted that she was able to exercise regularity, eat well, sleep extra if needed, and keep a balanced schedule that included her school and extracurricular commitments with family time.
Prayer and conversations with others you know that are homeschooling are great tools to help you gain peace in whatever decision you make for your family's academic future.
Getting insight from those already in the homeschooling community can help you find resources that will make your journey more successful. God will be faithful to guide you and sustain you as a homeschooler.
Amanda Idleman is a writer whose passion is to encourage others to live joyfully. She writes devotions for the Daily Bible Devotions App, she has work published with Her View from Home, also for the MOPS Blog, and is a regular contributor for Crosswalk.com. You can find out more about Amanda on her blog or follow her on Instagram.
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