When I step back and really look at it all, I'm shaping my children. I'm giving them a unique learning experience. They are getting hands on experiences, one on one help and self paced learning. Things traditional public schools do not offer. They are getting so much more than just those things also. Every day I am teaching them about life and how to become good whole people. They are learning compassion, responsibility, patience, caring, giving... just so much. When I watch them interact with eachother and other people I realize how amazing they are. The compassion they show for other people astounds me sometimes. The way they view things is so unique and often so very much on target.
Every time I see how much my children are learning I feel so proud. Proud of them for working hard, proud of the work I have done to help them learn and proud in general of how our family is working and learning together. To watch my 7 year old who had a very rough start with reading, now finish a novel that is geared toward the ages 8 - 10 range, feels amazing. We had a lot of tough school days together, but we both pushed through them with a great outcome. I am sure there will be plenty of obstacles in our future, but I am confident we can do it together.
Together, that is what it is all about. Homeschooling has made us a stronger and closer family. I truly feel it is the right choice for our family. With all of the moving and times that daddy has had to, and will have to spend away, homeschooling is one thing that remains constant for us.
In a way, I feel like it has changed my life and made me a better person.