The benefits of home education for the kids are many; individualized instruction, less peer distractions (although there are three teens so it's not compltely eliminated), personalized lesson plans, less time doing school, increased time for volunteer work, increased time for money making ventures, no dreaded late nights for busy-work projects, etc.
The benefits for Mom are less obvious. Afterall, I had eight solid hours of alone time prior to our home education adventure. I do sleep in about an hour longer since the kiddos came home and I no longer write huge checks for; tuition, nasty (according to some but not all of the kids) lunches, book fees, sports programs, etc., but for the most part I've added a great load to my house management responsibilities.
This leads me to the greatest benefit of home education for this Mom. Are you thinking I might say "endless time with my precious sweethearts"? No, that's not it. We really seek to find ways for all of us to have the alone time that keeps us sain. "No more driving fifty miles and an hour-and-a half a day?" Nope, that's not it, but oh-my goodness the gas savings is HUGE and I love that I'm not seen as a permanent part of my van any longer.
No, a huge benefit of having the kids home is that they are motivated and hard workers. Some more than others, but really they are all pretty awesome! Valerie, for example, does not look like a hard worker. On the contrary, she sometimes can look impossible to motivate, but that girl does ALL and I mean ALL of our family's laundry. This is how she gives back for not wanting anything to do with outside work. Do you know how much laundry a family of six (and sometimes seven) can generate? A LOT! Before starting this post I walked into the utility room to help her fold a load and was smacked in the face with the reality that I hadn't folded a load of laundry in a long time. Two weeks or more!
Kari & Kevin keep the outside going. They do all of the grass, weeding, help Dad with pool work, etc. On top of that, our hard working Kari works inside the house every single day. She is ALWAYS working hard. Someday this beautiful girl is going to make an amazing wife, mother and she will run a top notch clean home.
Very proud of these kiddos and all that they are to our family. They are far more than the work that they do, but oh, how grateful we are for the work that they do.
God, thank you for leading us to bring the kids home and we ask that you continue to give us the wisdom and strength to grow them into the beautiful men and women of God that you desire them to be.
I love you, Sweet Kiddos!
Thank you for all of your help ~ it does not go unnoticed and is deeply appreciated!