10 Reasons I'm thankful to homeschool in August

It is that time of year again.  Stores stock up on pens, pencils, and notebooks.  Neighborhood pools close for the year (even though it will still be hot for another two months around here).  School buses begin stopping by my neighborhood every morning again.  Parents begin making comments about how glad they are to be sending the little munchkins back to school all day.

It's the time of year for me to remember once again how thankful I am that we homeschool.  Why?

10.  We can start school on our schedule- not the schedule of someone else.  It is very freeing to begin when I want to begin.  Need to start in July to bring back some order to our days?  Fine.  Need to take August off because of the birth of a baby? Fine.  Want to go on vacation the first week of September?  Great!  It's less crowded.

9.  No new clothes needed.  We can buy clothes when people outgrow them, not because we have to have new school clothes.  Because we wear play clothes everyday, we need fewer "nice" clothes, which means less money.

8.  We don't have stand in line to buy new school supplies- unless we want to.  I will admit that we love to go and pick out a few new things each August when they are deeply on sale.  But, I'm not held hostage to a list that compels me to spend $50 or more on new backpacks, lunch boxes, notebooks, and supplies.

7.  No fears, worries or concerns about what teacher my children will get for the new year.  It's still me, for better or worse. :-)

6.  No fears, worries or concerns about what other kids will be in my children's classes for the new year.  Will my best friend have a new class?  Will I have to be with the school bully?  Will anyone like me?  Never fear.  All your siblings are here.

5. I don't have to pack lunches.  I do this the week my kids are at drama camp in May, and seriously, ya'll, I might have to be instituted for a nervous breakdown if I did this every night.  Maybe it would get easier with time.  But, I'm sure thankful I don't have to do it.

4.  I don't have to get up early.  Call it a flaw in my make up or something, but I HATE to get up early.  And if I had to get up every morning to get five people ready and out the door, I would have to get up early.  I'd probably have to be instituted for that too.

3.  I don't have to go to orientations, open houses, and parent teacher meetings.  Well, actually I could have a parent teacher meeting; but it would just be me talking to myself, so people really would think I was crazy.

2.  I get to do lesson plans.  Call me crazy (again), but that is one of the things I love about homeschooling- the power to decide each year what we are going to study and how we are going to study it.  I love it!

1.  I get to keep these children home with me for another year.  The time flies so fast.  I have two middle schoolers this year.  It seems they were just babies, and I blinked.  God has gifted me with these precious people, and I don't want to waste one day of it by sending them off somewhere else for most of their day.  Are there days when I could cheerfully ring some necks?  Absolutely.  But, there are also days filled with learning and joy and hugs and sweet times.

And for that I am truly thankful that we homeschool.


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