Thursday, March 17, 2011

Pros of Homeschooling: Part 1

As I've started "officially" homeschooling this year, I've become acutely aware of the many pros and many cons of this educational style.  I think we've all seen homeschooling gone wrong, but in an effort to look at the positive side,  my next couple of posts on the blog will be focusing on the pros of homeschooling.  In all fairness, at the end I'll share what I've found to be the cons.

Okay, today's pro will be quick:  ST. PATRICK'S DAY

I feel like I might be learning more than my kids this year.  Yes, I realize that I'm teaching kindergarten and first grade, but before today, I had never taken any time to actually find out who this guy St. Patrick was.  Today we read an article about this British-born man who was captured and taken to Ireland as a slave and his life as a missionary in Ireland.  WHO KNEW?  Today, on what is thought of to be the anniversary of this Saint's death, we prayed for missionaries we know around the world and talked about people we could share the hope of Christ with.  We hunted for three leafed clovers and discussed how St. Patrick used them as an illustration to teach the doctrine of the Trinity.  All in all, it was a pretty rich lesson found in the most unexpected place for me.  I had never been taught any of that!  Most kids will come home from school today with green pencil erasers or clover-shaped art projects, but have no clue the significance behind the man we celebrate today.  Being able to have a say in what my kids spend their day studying is definitely a pro of homeschooling.  

Christ Beside Me
Christ Before Me
Christ Behind Me
Christ Within Me
Christ Beneath Me
Christ Above Me

-Saint Patrick


Kimberly said...

Your daughters are so lucky to have such a smart, creative and dedicated teacher-mommy, Anne. Best of luck with your "official" homeschooling, I can't wait to read more about your successes & not-so-successes! x

Karen said...

Annie, your blog is so engaging and fun to read. I am impressed by how the seemingly small moments of life are actually the most meaningful. Your reflections do these small moments the justice that most of us don't take the time to, and for that, I thank you.

Carrie Fairy Thoughts said...

I truly think homeschooling as some great Pro's....Your so right!! And I agree with what Kimberly commented on here - Your brilliant - and your going to do a great job at this...

I wanted to share with you a website I found when wanting to learn about homeschooling...It might have some pointers for you....I doubt you need them - but I liked watching the different videos...

KKA said...

Very nice fotos of children)I want my future children to learn at home