Homeschooling- not a part of life…a WAY of life

homeschooling way of life

One of the funniest things to me while talking to someone unfamiliar with homeschooling is the look on their face when I tell them that our homeschooling only takes a few hours a day.

I totally get it. After growing up in a school system that mandates 6-7 hour-long days, it can be hard to understand how a child can learn in so small an amount of time.

But that’s just it…we homeschoolers don’t consider our lessons to be the only portion of our day that our kids are being educated. After being immersed in this lifestyle- yes, lifestyle- for a bit, it’s easy to see how natural a process learning actually is. 

And that’s something that can be really difficult to grasp if you’re basing your picture of education off of the traditional school model. I’ve been there. My six oldest kids have all spent some time in school- some longer than others- and when they were attending, I often didn’t give a second thought to whether or not they were learning outside of school.

After all, education is up to the teachers, right?

Only after pulling my kids out of school did I begin to see the abundance of learning that was happening all. the. time.- with or without my help.

This isn’t to say that school children don’t learn outside of school. They do all the time, but for most parents of these children, education becomes compartmentalized. Learning happens in school. Everything else happens at home.

But I’ve come to see that that is so not true…learning is not a separate portion of life. It is something that is connected to everything else that happens in our lives.

We learn while we are with our friends.

We learn while we are watching TV.

We learn while we are reading.

We learn while we are staring out the window.

We learn while we do chores.

We learn while we are sick.

Suffice it to say, if you are awake, you’re learning.

Which is why I have no problem with the fact that ‘doing school’  only last a few hours a day…because the end of our scheduled daily routine in no way means that my kids still aren’t being educated.

In fact, I fervently believe that their most important learning happens in these spontaneous moments.

When they watch a Chinese lantern float up into the sky and excitedly exclaim that they know why that happens.

When they find a fledgling out in the yard and google everything they can to find out how they can help- or even if they should.

When they find a walnut at the park and attempt to crack it open to see what’s inside.

These are the moments that children remember. The times when they are able to take what they’ve discovered and own it.

These are the moments that I want to provide for my children abundantly.

Because homeschooling isn’t a part of life, it’s a way of life.

Author: Shelly Sangrey

I'm Shelly, a Christ-following, homeschooling Mom of eleven children ( okay, not ALL children. My oldest is 23.) I met my husband right after graduation, and we've been together ever since. Though my life can be hectic at times... okay, ALL the time, I wouldn't change it for anything.

32 thoughts on “Homeschooling- not a part of life…a WAY of life”

  1. I was telling a friend just the other day that homeschooling has taught me that learning doesn’t have to be formal or take place in a classroom. I love how homeschooling is a way of life.

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  2. Shelly, this is great. So.True. If you are awake, you are learning. This year some health issues had me sidelined. While I would never wish a repeat, I would also never wish away what I had the chance to observe – all the great learning that happened without me driving or directing it!! Gave me a totally different focus and changed how we homeschool! Thanks for this post!!

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  3. This is one of the advantages of homeschooling. Getting everything you need in a short amount of time. Then let kids be kids. Thankful for your heart for homeschooling.

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  4. Hi, Love this post. I think so many dont realize how life and school become one. At first it might not be but the quicker you realize that you continue to learn in all area’s of life, how much easier it is for us to homeschool🙂 #KCACOLS

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  5. I loved this. I have tossed up the idea of homeschooling from time to time ,because to be honest I feel like they learn more when they are with me than when they are attending their institution! xo #Momsterslink

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    1. I think you’re right. I realize that there are certain things that kids have to learn, but let’s be honest. The things that will have the most lasting impression on them are those things that they did NOT learn in school.

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  6. This is really interesting. I always consider that I am learning all the time and hopefully, with both parents being teachers, this is an attitude I can pass on to my children even though they will likely go to school. Thanks so much for sharing with #KCACOLS. Hope you come back next week!

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  7. My eldest starts school in September, I think about home education all the time🙂 She has learnt so much already at home so I can see how easily how Home Schooling can become a way of life. #KCACOLS

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  8. So very true! It’s not always easy to explain to others why even my 7th grader only takes an hour or so to sit down at the table and work through his schoolwork for the day but when I sit back and see all the other ways we are learning I know he’s just fine.

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  9. I totally agree that learning isn’t just following a curriculum…it’s also teaching common sense and how to survive in the real world. Me, myself, couldn’t home school. Kids to school means mommy time which in turn makes mommy a better mommy. Thanks for linking with #momsterslink.

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    1. I think the Dept. of Education has seriously played down the importance of life skills. This is why my 17 yr old will be taking consumer math this year, and not trig or calculus, which she’ll never use in the real world.

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  10. I love this so much. A much needed reminder to myself when I feel the panic setting in about “doing enough”. I tend to get discouraged when I feel like I’m falling behind especially after a new baby. But your right, even the small things that are happening right in front of my eyes, they are still learning so much. REALLY enjoyed this read.

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