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4 Things I’d be missing out on if I didn’t homeschool

Apr 5, 2014Amy Claussen

Note from the editor: This is not meant to imply that homeschooling is right or possible for every family, we are grateful for all school systems; it is simply insight into this world if you are looking for more information or understanding.

So many opinions rise to the surface when this topic is discussed:  People who are strongly for it, and those that are adamantly opposed.

The work, the tears, and the struggles, I have experienced over the years isn’t what I remember when I look back. It’s the joys, the triumphant moments of breakthrough, and the sheer volume of memories that I treasure. #homeschool #benefits #why #tips #mom #children #kidsEveryone has something to say, and it may, or may not, be friendly.  When you begin contemplating if (just maybe) it could be right for your family, it may be challenging to wade through such a sea of information and emotion.  And let’s face it, sometimes its hard to imagine doing something that is outside “The way it is always been done.”

With all that being said, let me tell you that I absolutely LOVE homeschooling my kids.  I love, love, love it!  So, if you began reading this, hoping for a balanced, two-sided, look at homeschooling, you probably don’t want to finish the read.  I’m anything but balanced, and in every way passionate, about this topic!

My husband and I began our homeschooling journey 12 years ago when I was pregnant with our fourth child, and our oldest, Jacob, was five.  We didn’t begin for noble reasons; our journey into homeschooling was birthed by need.  Jacob, when he was 5 1/2, had a liver transplant.  Two months later, he was to begin kindergarten, but because of his health issues, we decided to keep him home for a year.

All that being decided, I dove in head first.  I was quickly hooked.  Over the last 12 years our family has grown to include 8 beautiful children, and I have tried at least as many different curriculums to help me teach our children.  I haven’t done it “right” all of the time, but I have grown as a mom, a teacher, and a woman in more ways than I can count.  Choosing to homeschool is not for the faint of heart.  It is the biggest, unpaid job out there, but the rewards are deep and lasting for those who choose to take the plunge.    

Now that I have the vantage point of looking back over the years, I can see so many blessings that came from our decision to homeschool:

  1. One of the most precious to me, as a mom, is that my kids truly enjoy being together.  Playing football with Dad would trump any other activity that could arise.  Our family truly enjoys being a family, and that is absolutely priceless to me!
  2. We eat three meals a day together; healthy food, noisy conversation, and laughter mark every meal.  (We do a lot of things well, but quiet isn’t on the list!)
  3. At the beginning our journey, I didn’t know that two of our sons would suffer from dyslexia.  Homeschooling allowed me to tailor their education to meet their needs without them being labeled or feeling like they were ‘different’.  Our Jacob, who is now 17 years old, (and perfectly healthy, I might add) didn’t learn to read until he was in 6th grade.  He is now a junior in high school, as well as a freshman in college.  I never could have dreamed he would soar so high just a few years ago!
  4. I could go on and on telling you of the benefits and blessings of homeschooling, but I will close with one last thought.  Homeschooling has allowed me to be the one who sees their struggles as well as hear their hearts first.  I don’t get told second hand information about my kids.  I know their triumphs and individual struggles, and it is my absolute honor and privilege to be able to release love, life, and hope into their hearts every moment of every day.

The work, the tears, and the struggles, I have experienced over the years isn’t what I remember when I look back.  It’s the joys, the triumphant moments of breakthrough, and the sheer volume of memories that I treasure.  May your journey, no matter what you decide, be marked with true joy that comes from simple decisions to love well.

– Amy





The work, the tears, and the struggles, I have experienced over the years isn’t what I remember when I look back. It’s the joys, the triumphant moments of breakthrough, and the sheer volume of memories that I treasure. #homeschool #benefits #why #tips #mom #children #kids

Comments (10)

  • Daya

    May 14, 2014 at 6:07 am

    I homeschooled my 4 children when they started to show a lack of interest in learning. I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to do it all and that I would get overwhelmed. It was the best thing I could have done for them and myself. We didn’t always follow the current curriculum but instead opted for hands on learning. We went on many field trips and my kids learned fractions by cooking and making things in the wood shop. We had other people in our lives that helped along the way, grandparents, professional friends, and some businesses that let the kids look on while they worked. I did have days where I needed a break and felt overwhelmed but those days grew me into a better mother.

  • Jelli

    Apr 10, 2014 at 1:43 am

    What a blessing this post must be for parents considering homeschooling. I’m in that boat and weighing my options even though my daughter is still a few years away from school age. In so many ways I’d love to homeschool, but sometimes I feel like I’d be an inadequate teacher.

    1. Amy Claussen

      Apr 10, 2014 at 3:04 am

      Oh let me count the ways I’ve felt inadequate over the years:) But the journey… the journey has been worth every struggle with self-doubt or discouragement. Once you are out of the ‘moment’ and can look back, the steady progress of hard-things-triumphed-over makes it so worth it!

  • Verily Victoria Vocalises

    Apr 7, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    I am full of admiration for people who homeschool. I just couldn’t do it. Thank you for linking to PoCoLo :) x

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  • Tarana Khan

    Apr 4, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    I think it’s just admirable that you chose to do this. Parents know their kids best, so who can educate them better? #PoCoLo

  • Bobbi – 3GLOL

    Apr 4, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Didn’t homeschool as long as you. My youngest daughter will be 18 in less than 2 weeks (Senior in high school) and she’s been homeschooled since the middle of her 8th grade year. Hubby and I decided to pull her because of bullying issues that the school wouldn’t take any action on. Needless to say, we have the best bond now and we can choose to do what we want, when we want for the most part. When the older kids were younger, I was one of those Moms who thought I couldn’t take the kids home all day every day and I regret now not homeschooling them.

    Thanks for sharing!!!

  • ramblingsofaperforatedmind

    Apr 4, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    I teach in public schools, but I homeschooled my kids, at least for a while. I am glad you are enjoying the experience.

  • Merlinda (@pixiedusk)

    Apr 4, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    I am recently contemplating on homeschooling when my son would get sick every week. I was thinking is this going to be nrom? What should U do to protect him from getting at the viruses. Of course I am still thinking and I still have time to think. Thank you very much for sharing this. #wotw

  • MomMaven

    Apr 2, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    We homeschooled our 2 children for 16 years. I had a discussion with some non-homeschooling parents the other day about school and one of the moms said to me…”You sound like you genuinely enjoy being with your kids.” She said she couldn’t stand to be with her kids all day, every day. Her comment made me a bit sad, for her but I bit my tongue, because I wanted to tell her that if she had bothered to raise her kids she might like them better!

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