Are you thinking about transitioning from public school to homeschool? This post shares the reasons why we chose to pull our son out of public school and go back to homeschool instead.
Last summer I shared on my YouTube channel that we were sending my son to public school for his first grade year. Then right after the Christmas holidays I shared that we were transitioning back to homeschool for the rest of the year.
Since sharing these videos, and talking about it a little more in depth with my email subscribers, there have been a lot of questions and requests for me to expand on our reasons for taking my son out of public school.
Therefore, today’s post is about why we decided to pull our son out of public school and go back to homeschooling for the rest of his first grade year.
Click the video below to learn our reasons for making the change from public school to homeschool. Can’t see the video? Click here to watch directly on YouTube.
5 Reasons Why We Pulled Our Son Out of Public School
Note: I expand on these reasons further in the video above. These are just the highlights, but the video shares more of our heart behind this decision. 🙂
1. Foster family togetherness.
We love being together as a family, and we want to love being together as a family. We desire for our children to have close sibling relationships, and being together is one of the primary ways we can cultivate deep relationships within our home.
2. Create margin in our days.
There was a constant scurry of activity that came with the public school schedule. We wanted to create more space for our son to be a kid, to be a part of our family unit, and to process all that he takes in everyday.
3. Maintain access to my son’s heart.
Being apart for so many hours each day decreased the unhurried opportunities I had to guide his heart. We had fewer conversations, and the conversations we did have were squeezed in between homework, dinner, and chores. Plus he no longer had access to inter-generational conversations, and in the end I felt like he wasn’t being socialized properly because of it.
This point is likely a bit confusing. I talk about socialization at the 8:52 mark, if you just want to watch that part of the conversation.
4. Be outside more.
I want my kids to spend as much time outside as possible. I want them playing, eating, and just enjoying life outside frequently and regularly. In these early years, we believe this is as important, if not more important, than reading with our children.
Taking into consideration our climate, my son was in school when it was pretty outside, and he was going to be released for summer vacation when it was too hot to do anything.
We don’t have access to pools and other water-related activities, so I had a hard time stomaching the sheer number of hours he was forced to sit at a desk while the rest of us enjoyed being outside all day.
5. Enjoy more read-alouds as a family.
We believe reading aloud to our children is one of the best thing we can do with them. Sharing books together as a family has been a gift to us over the last several years. As a matter of fact, reading books together as a family is one of the primary ways we disciple our children.
With the public school schedule, the time we had together decreased which also decreased the amount of time we had to read-aloud, share devotions, and memorize scripture together. This was not okay with us based on our established family values.
Plus we wanted our son to have more time to read, and more freedom to choose the books he wanted to read. I also wanted more say in the actual books he chose from the library.
All in all it has been a smooth transition back to homeschool.
He misses his friends at school, and as an extrovert the lack of people in our day-to-day lives is hard for him. But it’s hard for me as well. It’s challenge we face together as a family of mostly extroverts.
However, we work hard to fill our weeks with friends and relationships, experiences and activities that foster relationships in a healthy way. We even joined a co-op which I’m really looking forward to taking a bigger part in next school year.
This has definitely been a year of transitions for us, but I’m thankful for all of it. And I’m really glad to be back homeschooling my children. It’s a gift I do not take for granted.
At the bottom of it all is our desire for more unhurried time together. Through the years we’ve learned that relationship is a choice, and you have to make space for relationships to just BE together instead of always DOING together.
So, making this transition home has been a time of re-discovering a rhythm of rest, tucking into our relationships a little deeper, and expanding our relationships with others as we are no longer tied to the school scheduled activities.
What about you? Have you ever made the transition from one school setting to the next? What were some of your reasons for your decision? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!
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