Give me liberty, or give me homeschool. Maybe both.

If you have followed me on Instagram, then you know that I have posted so much about what it has taken to get to our decision to homeschool for another year.

You may have even heard me touch base a little bit on what our why is.
If you haven’t, then you have come to the right place!
First, I really had to sit and reflect on why I would continue to homeschool, because if I’m being honest the decision was not as easy as I thought it would be. I am a planner and I don’t like surprises. I planned to only homeschool for two years, but after seeing how my children were thriving, I recognized that this might be a long term thing.
And that was a surprise I was not expecting.
So, now what?
Well, we went through all the motions most families go through, with research and a ton of discussion and I had to reflect on what our new why should be.
We are homeschooling because it gives us the freedom any type of education we want. Pretty simple right?
Let me give you an example. Recently I discovered that my son was struggling with some of our traditional school material. He is an abstract, kinesthetic/visual learner who requires a lot of art of manipulatives to understand and retain material. Enter Waldorf style of learning. According to Google, Waldorf in homeschooling is “a holistic liberal arts education where subjects are not separated from one another and education covers body, mind, and spirit.” Even though this is a style I myself wouldn’t of even considered- as we know, homeschooling isn’t just about me, it’s about the child. Thanks to a lovely homeschool community and generous person, we have added Oak Meadow to our homeschool curriculum lineup and I couldn’t be happier with the immediate benefits from this program. 
I can still add some of the traditional curriculum that works, while also fine tuning my son’s education with curriculum that fits his educational needs. 
Knowing that I don’t have to work around a potential curriculum that may not work for him and spending loads of money on supplements makes me happy and we have the freedom to decide. 
See, freedom.
My why is just that simple and I’m okay with that. With this year being our third, I am really leaning into collaborating with my family to make sure everyone’s needs are being met while still having fun. I don’t have all the answers, but then again, who does?

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