Friday, September 9, 2011

Homeschool Bennies #6

You get the best hours of your kids' day.

Our kids were in public school until Wyatt and Tate completed 4th and 2nd grades, respectively.  School started at 9am and finished at 3:30.  We were "lucky" in that we live near enough to the neighborhood school that we walked, and the boys were spared a 30-45 minute bus-ride, each way.  Even so, school ate up the best part of the day.  

Sure, the boys are early risers and they're up and raring to go by 7, at the latest.  But you can't really do anything before school.  There's no time to go anywhere, and if you start a project, well just when it gets interesting you have to quit to go to school.  Fall and spring they were playing soccer, which meant rushing home from school, shoveling in a quick snack, changing into their soccer gear and dashing off to practice in the afternoon.  By the time they'd get home, hose/shower all the mud off, and have dinner there was barely time to look at any homework before bed.  And in the winter the days are so short it was actually beginning to get dark by the time they got home.

But besides the busy-ness issue, I felt like the school was getting all their best time.  They left the home fresh, rested and cheerful, but they often came home tired and irritable.  They needed time to decompress.

But now they're home.  I get the best part of their day.  Heck, I get their whole day. 

And yes, you can choke on that sometimes, but by and large it's a benefit :D


melanie said...

by and large, for sure!

And when some of us stay up until 11pm watching NFL, it's wise to have a delayed-start the next day ;-)

Traci said...

Amen to that!!!!

Merrilee Stevenson said...

Oh, man, Julie. I had to do some catch up reading, but I'm concerned that if you keep this up, I'll become too envious. Our kids are currently in public school (4th and 3rd grade, next one starts K next year), but I've always thought it would be great to homeschool. My hubby teaches Latin in a public h.s. And we both came through the system, but those Bennies look SO good! (I'll keep reading. I know I won't regret it.)

leah said...

This is our biggest problem so far with school. Matt's only five, but he's gone from 8am-4pm. That is just TOO long for a little guy - there is no way we can do extra-curriculars this year (and if we do, he's going to be an exhausted mess). Hockey starts at 5:30pm, which means that he will only have about 30 minutes to eat a snack before getting ready for hockey. Thankfully, kindergarten doesn't have homework (yet)!

The dB family said...

And THAT my friend, is one of the OTHER reasons I love and miss homeschooling so much! Ah well, there IS next year again :o)!


The Hibbard Family said...

This is one of my favorites.