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Flexibility

20171128_120734One of the benefits about homeschooling is the overall flexibility to create a one of a kind learning journey for our kids. The other benefit is that as Real Estate Agents we actually get to see our family. There are definite blessings in our line of work but the cons are that we need to be available to our clients at odd hours 24 hours a day. We are used to this and consider it part of the package and so homeschool works very well for us in that we learned to flexible in all moments . I won’t lie, sometimes it hurts (like when we need to console someone who has just lost what they consider their dream home and we’re supposed to be out on my birthday dinner or an anniversary date) For the  most part there is a lot of hours in a day and we are constantly tailoring our schedule to accommodate work and family time and we have a lot of fun doing it.

Some day we are very book heavy and other days we are out and exploring . Sometimes we just pick up our books and haul them with us to beaches, ice rinks, stores, parks, friends houses, house hunting or Florida. The fun part is that even though we all live together we are all so different and that really starts to become apparent when you see each child start to develop their own interests apart from everyone else. At the moment we have some avid skaters and hockey players (we are Canadian!) ,a few who enjoy art ,some animal lovers and all of us love reading, even Dad!! Here are a few pics to show  what we have been up to this week after we hit the books.

 

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Skating lessons!

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Why do we do this?

Sometimes we find ourselves asking the question, “WHY do we do this?”. Yet we know why. It’s just that it comes with a large cost and lets face it, that can be tough to swallow. Less money , less me time , less us time , less exercise  ,less space and I can go on but I think I have made my point. We sacrifice a lot to be where we are and yet we know that it’s worth it and the bonds that we are forming with our children and them with their siblings make the cost seem soooo itty bitty in comparison. As I read a judges remarks in a recent court case in Ontario regarding  whether a parent had the right to be informed of what his children were being taught it  in the classroom it reminded me ever so much of one of the BIGGEST reasons why we do this crazy thing called HOMESCHOOL. Here’s an excerpt of Justice Lauwers statement:

“Education of the young is bound to be formative; if the state educates the young, it also forms them, at least in part, and perhaps the major part.”

So here we are friends….Who is teaching YOUR children and what exactly are they teaching them? That may be just none of your business but that is not alright with me.  I want my kids best interests at heart and their strengths strengthened and their weaknesses strengthened and I want to be the person training their spirits to love, to forgive, to be merciful, and to be pure of heart. I want them to be seeking after Jesus as Mommy and Daddy  are and I just love the fact that I get to see their ‘firsts’ and their AHA(!) moments when they tackle some pre-algebra math equation that I can’t even remember ever learning in my life before I learned it with them. They are smart and fun and cute and I want to soak them up like there is no tomorrow.

Just so you know, I can speak from the other side too. As a young single mom of 19 I had to give all that away with my first born son. I missed it all. I worked and he did daycare and summer camps and public school for most of his school life. I let others raise him so I could get a career and pay the bills . I know some people just don’t even have much say in their current situation and I totally get that . However, this time around I had a choice and as I had my baby girl as a new Christian things started to look a lot different to me and I realized that I had some new choices to consider….and I haven’t turned back. So come along and join the fun and see what our journey has been like with a bunch of kids and their realtor parents who get to teach and share with them this thing called LIFE!!