I feel like Santa - making a list and checking it twice, getting ready to dish out what I hope is a daily dose of encouragement and inspiration for my fellow homeschooling moms, who probably need it more than our friends with kids in the public and private schools.
As I started gathering ideas I couldn't just throw them all in a mental pile. Oh, no. They had to be organized. And whaddaya know, they seem to fall pretty naturally into four categories:
1. The advantage of religion / philosophical convictions.
2. The advantage of academics.
3. The advantage of family togetherness.
4. The advantage of (gasp!) socialization.
Who knows, I may add another category if I feel like it :D
I didn't have to look very far for my first entry. As I fired up my computer this morning and scanned the local news, guess what was right at the top?
Teacher strike. Yep.
Homeschool Benefit #1
We are free.
And you can put that in all four categories, if you ask me.
We are unaffected by state and local budgets. Unrestricted by the whims of politicians and unions. Unconstrained by calendars and deadlines. We start our school year when we want, and end when we want.
Hallelujah, and amen.